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Movie A Dogs Purpose

There no excuse for this abuse ?A Dog?s Purpose? just latest instance of animal abuse in film - NY Daily News

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Absolutely, Dave. I sure won't be seeing the movie! (I saw this on FB earlier, so the dog community is becoming aware... not sure about the general public)
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I read somewhere that the opening is being postponed because of this news. I don't know if it was a reliable source, though.
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and there are those that brush this off and say that there was no harm done , that the same dog performed the task successfully after that. But training like this can lead to dire consequences and result in extreme phobias in dogs in the long term. The director said that he wasn't present when it happened. No excuse. If you value the welfare of dogs and you make movies with them , it is your responsibility that no coercives are used. It's not the first nor will it be that last time where animals are abused in movies . Quite ironic in terms of the title of the movie.

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I won't even watch this video.
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I read the director's response. I don't think his explanation was adequate (I don't think there IS an adequate explanation) I also don't like that he tried to shift the blame to PETA. I HATE PETA. But THEY did not try to force the dog into the water, nor did PETA cause the dog to be totally submerged for 4 seconds (that's a pretty long time, IMO... When you supposedly have people standing by, in the water, to keep the dog safe)

His whine was that PETA spliced the two takes together. (True, PETA did that, and it's typical) And put off releasing the footage until right before the release of the movie, to get maximum impact and coverage. (True again) The fact is, that if the dog had been properly trained and the shoot properly managed BEFORE HAND, PETA wouldn't have had this ammunition to use against the movie.

Sure, PETA wants nothing but CGI "animals" in movies. Period. But if movie makers want to continue to produce wonderful family movies with animals, it is THEIR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure the animals are treated kindly and humanely. Not just that "they were fine later that day". Just like we have laws (strongly enforced) to protect child actors, the same must be true for animals used.


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yes I totally agree with you Karen. I read his respsonse yesterday and i sent him a message along these lines .Yeah his mention of PETA shows his intent to shift the blame. There is no defense for abuse.
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producers response Gavin Polone on 'A Dog's Purpose' Outcry, What Really Happened and Who's to Blame | Hollywood Reporter

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