The upcoming film “A Dog’s Purpose,” which features a pup named Bailey repeatedly dying and being reincarnating in all its emotional manipulative goodness, has come under fire from a certain animal rights group. Shocker.
Reportedly, a German Shepherd used in the film for one of Bailey’s various identities was forced into turbulent, icy water during filming. When a video of the incident surfaced, PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange released the following statement:
“PETA is calling on dog lovers to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props.” Lange has also highlighted the fact that Birds & Animals Unlimited, the animal supplier employed in the film, has a record with animal controversies, having gotten in trouble with PETA just last month for animal negligence.
Production company Amblin defended the film by saying the video was taken out of context, in the statement below:
“While we continue to review the circumstances shown in the edited footage, Amblin is confident that great care and concern was shown for the German Shepherd Hercules, as well as for all of the other dogs featured throughout the production of the film. There were several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure Hercules was comfortable with all of the stunts. On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.”
The film, which is likely going to be a stab in the heart for anyone who ever lost a dog, especially one named Bailey, has not been well-received as it were, with 94% of users giving it a 1 out of 10 rating on IMDb. Woof.