Written by Michelle Kretzer
The Goddess of Pop is also a goddess to
pups. When Cher tweeted, asking for information from PETA on how to help dogs left to face the harsh
winter weather alone outdoors, many of her fans responded, and PETA sent her information on our "Angels for Animals"
doghouse sponsorship program.
Elsewhere on Twitter, Miley Cyrus showed us some puppy love, Sam
Simon spoke out for dolphins, and Olivia
Munn helped us celebrate our victory for three soon-to-be-released elephants.
Charlotte Bobcats and Kentucky Wildcats
fans already knew that the NBA's youngest player, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (MKG), is also a really kind person, and now MKG is proving it to animal advocates,
too. When the gentle giant was ready to share his home with a new dog, he adopted a puppy who had been
abandoned in the parking lot of the Humane Society of Charlotte.
Maybe fellow rescued-dog parent Chelsea Handler will invite Michael and his new pup on her show. Her conversations with guests
often do turn to animal issues—like when Marion Cotillard stopped by and she and Chelsea both shared their disdain for SeaWorld.
You'll never catch our buddy Christian Serratos at SeaWorld, either—but you will catch her gracing the list of the 50 Brightest Latino Stars Under
25, with fellow PETA pals Daniella
Monet and Marlen Esparza.
Awards abound for animal advocates this
week: Paul McCartney,
Pink, Carrie Underwood, Steve Aoki, Ellen DeGeneres, Trent Reznor, and Tegan and Sara have all been nominated
E!'s Catt Sadler lifted her voice
for animals this week, too. She openly joined the ranks of the fur-free and
fabulous in her piece "Real Stars Who Love Fake Fur," in which she
name-dropped our friends Eva
Mendes and Charlize Theron.
To keep up with what
all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Written by PETA
The Zookeeper has recently begun filming at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. It's a movie about, well, a zookeeper, played by Kevin James, who wins Rosario Dawson's heart with the help of his animal charges. Well, presumably he wins her heart—what a bummer of a movie if not!
Something else that would make the The Zookeeper a bummer? If it used exotic animal "actors" to portray its animal characters, who are voiced by stars such as Cher, Adam Sandler, and Sylvester Stallone.
PETA has written letters to the film's stars asking them not to work with animal "actors" and pointing out that Birds & Animals Unlimited, the company that has been contracted to supply animals for the film, has a long list of USDA violations. Not only that, but exotic animals who are used as involuntary "actors" are routinely subjected to cruel training methods that can include being beaten, shocked with electric prods, drugged, and deprived of food in order to coerce them into performing acts that are stressful, confusing, and even painful to them.
Movies like The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong have exclusively used computer-generated imagery, animatronics, and other technology instead of trained animals—and they ended up being blockbusters. We are suggesting that The Zookeeper use these modern techniques as well—or simply use footage of animals who already live at the Franklin Park Zoo.
As PETA's own Debbie Leahy said, "When it comes to exotic animal characters, the best casting choice is to 'fake it.' Even under the best of circumstances, captivity can be hell for exotic animals."
Written by Amanda Schinke
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