One Direction urged by PETA to cut chimp scenes from Steal My Girl video following allegations of animal rights violations

As One Direction prepare for the release of the video for their new song Steal My Girl, animal rights group PETA is urging the group to cut key scenes featuring a chimpanzee.

In video stills released on Thursday, band-members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik are seen laughing with veteran actor Danny DeVito - and the jovial primate.

But PETA have lashed out at the chimpanzee's trainer, Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, who they claim has a long rap sheet of violations against animal rights, dating as far back as 1993.

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Controversy: PETA have asked for scenes containing a chimpanzee to be removed from One Direction's new video for Steal My Girl, which features band-mamber Louis Tomlinson and Danny Devito

Controversy: PETA have asked for scenes containing a chimpanzee to be removed from One Direction's new video for Steal My Girl, which features band-mamber Louis Tomlinson and Danny Devito

The organisation said in a statement to MailOnline: 'PETA has been in touch with the band, and will be writing to them again today, to advise them that the animal trainer who supplied the chimpanzee for their latest video has been cited numerous times for shocking violations of the very minimal standards of the US Animal Welfare Act.'

According to PETA, the long list of violations includes 'locking chimpanzees and orang-utans in “night housing” (small cages) for up to 18 hours a day with no enrichment items... and failure to provide adequate ventilation, clean cages and proper feeding'.

After sharing its damning list of allegations against the California-based trainer, PETA delivered a challenging request for the band on the eve of their video's release.

A lot of love: Louis and Zayn Malik are seen playing with the primate in stills from the video shoot

A lot of love: Louis and Zayn Malik are seen playing with the primate in stills from the video shoot

The statement concluded: 'PETA is asking that the boys immediately cut the scene with the chimpanzee and the other wild animals, pledge never to work with wild animals again and donate a percentage of the proceeds from the song to an organisation that rescues chimpanzees and cares for them properly.

However, the chimp appeared to be having a good time with the singers as it was stroked by Louis and Zayn.The primate was also seen wearing a pair of bright red sunglasses.

Steal My Girl is the first single from their eagerly anticipated new album FOUR, and will be released on Friday.

Criticism: Animal rights activists have taken issue with the chimp's animal trainer

Criticism: Animal rights activists have taken issue with the chimp's animal trainer

FOUR hit number one in the album charts in 65 countries on the day it was made available for pre-order – comfortably beating third album Midnight Memories, which debuted at the top in 39 countries and went on to become the top selling album of 2013 worldwide.

FOUR will be released globally on November 17th 2014.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for One Direction for comment. 

Anticipated: The video, directed by Benjamin and Gabe Turner,is set to be released on Friday

Anticipated: The video, directed by Benjamin and Gabe Turner,is set to be released on Friday

 

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