By Adam Markovitz
Updated January 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

He may be King of the Apes, but Tarzan won’t have any primate pals on the set of his next big screen adventure — that is, if Anjelica Huston has anything to say about it.

The Oscar winner and PETA spokewoman has penned an open letter to director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy), asking him to use CG animals instead of live apes in his upcoming Tarzan reboot, currently in development at Warner Bros.

Huston says the animals are emotionally and physically abused during their careers, then shipped off to roadside zoos when they become too old to handle. (At least one Tarzan alum escaped that fate: Cheeta, the septagenerian sidekick of movies like Tarzan and his Mate (1934), was happily chilling out in Palm Springs when EW’s Josh Rottenberg checked in with him last year.)

“Critics lauded King Kong in particular for the emotional depth that the giant ape displayed — without any real apes suffering in the process,” writes Huston. “Can I please hear that you similarly plan to use only creative alternatives to great apes in Tarzan?“

What do you think, PopWatchers? Is it time for Hollywood to ditch real apes, or are you giving thumbs-down to Hollywood’s ape crusader?

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