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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Today is World Cat Day, not to be confused with National Cat Day on October 29. World Cat Day was created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare created World Cat day in 2002. Fun Fact: Europe celebrates World Cat Day on February 17 and Russian celebrates March 1. Here's compilation of cat videos. You're welcome.
Here's some fun Friday news: a small town in Washington state is being overrun with bunnies. While it's universally agreed upon that bunnies are quite cute, the animals are becoming a big headache for Whidbey Island, Washington. So far, the plenitude of rabbits are responsible for $80,000 in damage across town. The boom in rabbit population is being blamed on two particular bunnies that escaped the local fair grounds. While some of the town's residents are calling for their extermination, the city's mayor doesn't support the idea. Anyone need a new pet?
Cecil the lion, a practical superstar in the African country of Zimbabwe, was found dead near the border of Hwange National Park, and conservationists are roaring mad. Known for his large black mane, Cecil was one of the country's top tourist attractions, responsible for thousands of pilgrimiges to the park. Cecil's killer has been identified as Walter Palmer, an American dentist who claims he had no idea his actions were illegal. Palmer is a trophy hunter, someone who pays tens of thousands of dollars to hunt and kill big game prizes, usually just for the picture. Because a nicely framed latte with the Hudson filter just isn't enough for some people. Cecil's slaying has renewed the calls to ban trophy hunting. While Palmer may not face charges, two Zimbabwean hunting guides are expected in court today.