PETA calls for boycott of 'A Dog's Purpose'
1. After the release of a video from the set of the movie A Dog's Purpose, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (or PETA) has called for a boycott of the film. The leaked video shows a dog being mishandled on set. The German Shepherd was forced to enter a rushing stream of water even when the dog appeared terrified and fought to stay away from it. Later in the video, the dog is completely submerged in the water and people on the set rushed forward toward the dog.
2. Production company Amblin Entertainment issued a statement in response to the video. The company said that the dog in the video, named Hercules, is "happy and healthy" and the production team "followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals." There were several days of rehearsal for water scenes, according to the statement. On the day of the shoot, Amblin Entertainment said that Hercules did not want to perform the stunt so the shot was not filmed. The statement also said that the "edited footage" would be reviewed.
3. So, are you going to boycott A Dog's Purpose?
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