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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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