The animal trainer, who worked with the chimp in One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” video, says the band members complimented him on the treatment of the ape although PETA is making some strong accusations.
In a statement PETA sent to RumorFix, the animal rights organization is calling on the boy band to cut any scenes featuring the ape and pledge never to work again with captive exotic animals and use computer-generated imagery instead. The organization alleges the chimps used in the entertainment industry are torn away from their mothers. And, PETA goes own to claim the trainer, Steve Martin, has a history of violations.
Now RumorFix is happy to provide Steve’s side of the story.
In a long letter sent to RumorFix, Steve writes, “this is not the first time and unfortunately will more than likely not be the last time PETA tries to use lies and misrepresentation of materials to sell their point of views and keep their money-train rolling.”
One Direction Had Enjoyable Time
Steve also asserts that his Working Wildlife organization has “NEVER been cited for anything nor are we in violation with anything so it’s hard to see how they use these terms against us” and Steve says his team provides “nothing but the best veterinary care” for their animals.
“We have excellent living facilities for our animals, in particular the chimpanzees. The chimps have two big buildings as well as a very large outside play/learning area. Both the inside and outside locations are accessible for the chimps as they need them,” the letter states.
Working Wildlife is calling on One Direction to share their own experiences. “They had a very positive enjoyable time with all our animals and commented many times on how well the animals are treated and how well we take care of them. ‘It is only obvious from seeing the animals that they are cared for very well and loved’ was just one of the great comments we heard. The experience we had with One Direction was a very positive one and could tell they care for animals very much and they too only want what is best for them,” the letter added.’”
Steve and his team says they have invited PETA to see their animals first hand, but PETA has rejected their request.