Sid Yost performing chimps to be retired
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2007:
PETALUMA, Calif.–The Animal Legal Defense Fund on December
7, 2006 announced that three performing chimpanzees formerly kept by
Hollywood trainer Sid Yost would be retired to the Center for Captive
Chimpanzee Care facilities in New Mexico and Florida, where they
will be reunited with members of their biological families.
“A fourth chimpanzee, Apollo, allegedly received a fatal
rattlesnake bite in July while in his cage at the San Bernardino
facility,” the ALDF announcement said.
The ALDF sued on the chimps’ behalf, the ALDF recounted,
after “Co-plaintiffs, including primatologist Sarah Baeckler, who
worked alongside Yost, witnessed him beating the animals with
sticks, punching them, and inflicting pain in order to force them to
perform. Yost has been fined and placed on probation repeatedly in
the past for animal-related offenses,” the ALDF said, “including a
$2,000 fine from the USDA in 2002 when one chimpanzee bit a boy
attending his show in Ventura County, and a $1,000 fine from the
California Department of Fish and Game for illegal possession of a
“After being notified about the ALDF’s suit against Yost when
a film starring one of his chimpanzees won the Coca-Cola Refreshing
Filmmaker’s Award last year,” ALDF added, “Coca-Cola amended their
contest rules to ban the use of primates in future film submissions.
Yost continues to deny the allegations against him.”