PETA recently released a video showing a dog being violently spun around in the air while inside a metal crate. The crate with the dog inside was then thrown into an icy river just for a scene for a film. The video has caused mass outrage online and actor Matthew Morrison, who's in the film, has expressed his anger towards this violent act.
Thanks to a member of the filming team who has preferred to stay anonymous, an alert was sent to PETA, who quickly called for a boycott of the film, called Crazy Alien. The dog, a German-Shepherd, was locked in a cage then suspended by a crane.
Violently thrown multiple times into a river whereupon he would spend over 10 seconds in the icy cold water, the animal spent most of his time in a cage. The person who alerted PETA said in a report:
The director took many takes and this was just awful to witness as the torment went on.
The video itself was taken in November 2017, but was only recently released to the world a few weeks ago. Matthew Morrison has expressed his anger and sadness in the face of such a cruel act:
My heart is broken to see any animal treated this way. Had I been on set or known about this, I would have made all efforts to stop this. I’ve called the producers to express my outrage.
According to the anonymous source, the dog was not allowed to take a break let alone leave the cage during the two hours the scene took to film, supposed to depict an alien abduction.
It was also reported that the dog trainer tormented the German-Shepherd in order to make it bark. Faced with such an outcry, the Chinese cinema company has said:
We always strive to treat all cast and crew, human or animal, with the utmost respect, and are deeply troubled by the reports of an animal in distress on our production. There is no excuse for any failure to fully account for the welfare of any animal brought into a film, and we will be conducting a full review of our live animal practices and safeguards going forward.
This isn't the first time that animals have been subjected to such cruel acts for the needs of a film, all while working high-budget feature films.
At the beginning of the year, one of Hollywood’s most popular animal trainers, Sidney Yost, had his license revoked due to multiple animal welfare violations. He regularly kicked animals and kept them in dirty enclosures.
This revelation is made all the more shocking when these animals were used in high-grossing films such as The Hunger Games and Get Out.
In 2015, behind-the-scenes footage showed a trainer who worked on “Life of Pi” and other big films viciously whipping a cowering tiger in the face and body to force him to perform.
PETA has said that in order to put an end to these barbaric acts, you need to boycott the films which use such cruel methods to get the animals to perform.
The video of the incident: