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Universal Studios theme park, the last exhibitors in the United States that still forced orangutans to perform on stage, have officially removed all primates from their “Animal Actors” shows.

“NBC Universal made the right call in ending the use of primates in its live shows,” said PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel, Delcianna Winders. “Savvy and kind entertainers realize that the right decision—for animals and for business—is to shun exploitation of these sensitive, intelligent animals.”

According to an undercover investigation done by a primatologist who spent 14 months working undercover for a California facility that trained great apes for the entertainment industry, trainers kick, punch and beat the chimpanzees on a regular basis.

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