Written by Jeff Mackey
Just in case Santa is having any trouble with his
last-minute "naughty or nice" decisions, PETA has teamed up with World Entertainment News Network
to circulate a Christmas Eve list of the most animal-unfriendly celebrities of the year. So
here are our Top (Bottom?) Three Celebrity Grinches of 2011:
Kim © StarmaxInc | Foxes © Patricia
Here's hoping that the hearts of this terrible trio grow three sizes this holiday season and that we can start the new year off (animal) right(s)!
Written by Jennifer OConnor
© Zebra: deste / sxc.hu | Ribbon:
Elize / sxc.hu
Fading director Cameron Crowe is using wild animals as "actors."
In his new movie, We Bought a Zoo, he used lions, bears, and other
wild animals who are at great risk for abuse because of their strength and
reached out to Crowe and Fox Studios before and during production and warned them
about how wild animals used for films are often subjected to food deprivation,
beatings, and jolts with electric-shock devices during pre-production training and
urged them to use high-tech computer-generated imagery instead, like that used
in the blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Animals rented out
for use in movies aren't often abused on the set—that usually takes place when
no one is around to see it. PETA undercover investigations at wild-animal
training facilities documented that lions and tigers were repeatedly beaten and psychologically abused by
trainers intent on showing them "who's boss." When animals grow too
old or too large to be controlled, they often spend the rest of their lives at decrepit
roadside zoos or backyard menageries.
Please skip this
movie and tweet that animals belong in the wild, not on the big screen, @WeBoughtAZoo.
Written by PETA
were shot and killed in Ohio last week, PETA has reached out again to director
Cameron Crowe, asking that he insist that 20th Century Fox producers put a
disclaimer on his upcoming film We Bought a Zoo,
stating that keeping wild animals as pets is dangerous for both people and
animals. The movie's trailer recklessly implies that all it takes is
heart to operate a zoo—reinforcing
the irresponsible idea that anyone can own and properly care for tigers, bears,
lions, and other wild animals.
Even The Wall Street Journal
calls into question the film's marketing following the mass slaughter in Ohio.
Experts have already appealed
to the director to stop using animals in his films.
Don't forget to ask the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to exercise its authority to declare
emergency regulations to prohibit the keeping of wild animals, seize all such animals over which it has jurisdiction, and
ensure that they are placed in reputable sanctuaries.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
Experts are calling on director Cameron Crowe
to stop using primates as props in his films, like his upcoming We Bought a Zoo:
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