PETA is coming down hard on the makers of “A Dog’s Purpose,” a project that is only a few days away from releasing in theaters. The film comes from director Lasse Hallström, and the project stars Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad; but the actor in the middle of all this turmoil is the faithful dog of the project.
PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange released a statement on the video footage acquired by TMZ today. The statement reads, “Days after PETA released a video exposé of Hollywood animal supplier Birds & Animals Unlimited (BAU), which claimed to a PETA eyewitness they provided dogs used in the film, A Dog’s Purpose, new footage shows a terrified dog who is forced into churning water on set. At one point, a dog who is in danger of drowning has to be rescued. 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.” The statement went on to say, “PETA’s investigation at BAU revealed that animals are denied veterinary care, forced to sleep outdoors in the cold without bedding for warmth, made to live in filthy conditions, and more.”
You can watch the footage from TMZ and judge for yourself. The film is set to release in theaters on January 27, 2017. The film is based on the novel written by W. Bruce Cameron, the screenplay was written by Cathryn Michon. Below is the video in question, you can also find it on the official TMZ YouTube channel.
Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures released a statement to TMZ after the video was shared online. The joint statement reads, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”