On Wednesday, a troubling video surfaced showing filmmakers forcing a German Shepard into rushing water for the new upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has officially called for Americans to boycott the film when it releases due to the content of the leaked video. The secret clip was shot in 2015 during the film’s production schedule in Winnipeg, Canada.
In the video, one of the dogs is seemingly distressed when one of the filmmakers begins pushing the dog into rapid water. The dog is clearly trying to resist being put in the water for the intended rescue scene. Soon enough, production members have to jump in and rescue the dog itself after it nearly drowns.
“New footage shows a terrified dog who is forced into churning water on set,” PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange said in a statement. “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 film is expected for a Jan. 27 release date. TMZ acquired the leaked video, which can be watched below:
Amblin Entertainment, the production company for the film, released a statement Wednesday announcing that the dog, Hercules, is happy and healthy, and said they followed all rules to maintain a safe environment for the animals in the film.
The actor who performed as the voice for the dog, Josh Gad, expressed that he was concerned after seeing the disturbing images.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 19, 2017
Director Lasse Hallstrom also posted a message in response to the allegations.
I did not witness these actions.
We were all committed to providing a loving and safe environment for all the animals in the film.
— lasse hallstrom (@HallstromLasse) January 19, 2017
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