Paramount’s new family comedy adventure Clifford the Great Red Dog has hit cinemas and on Paramount +, but the release has not brought joy to everyone. PETA, aka the animal rights organization called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has urged the public to skip this one because of its alleged animal cruelty. Their concern is not with the treatment of the titular CGI dog, but rather with the real capuchin monkey and other live animals in the film.
“While other films opt for CGI, which allows monkeys to stay with their families, instead of being dragged into movie sets and forced to perform, Clifford the Great Red Dog doubles old-school cruelty, “reads a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange in response to the film’s release.”Clifford is a big red flag, and the friendly audience should skip the flick in favor of non-animal productions. “
PETA also claims that Clifford the Great Red Dog credits an animal trainer and a warrior who appears to be affiliated with Birds & Animals Unlimited (BAU), a Hollywood supplier on whose plant “dirt, neglect and deprivation is the name of the game.” PETA’s 10-month investigation into BAU alleged animal cruelty, stating that “animals were denied adequate veterinary care for diseases and injuries, forced to live in dirty enclosures and denied food so they would be hungry while being trained to do tricks. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited BAU for violations of the Federal Animal Welfare Act after PETA announced their findings.
This is the second film in a few months to get some backlash from PETA. After the release of the trailer for the upcoming sequel Jackass forever, the organization – whose motto in part reads that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” – criticized the production for including live animals with some of the film’s stunts. The organization has even called for a criminal investigation of the filmmakers Jackass forever and requested that its forthcoming release be blocked.
“Jackass “Stunts are violent and vulgar, but if the talent is willing to do it and the wounds are self-inflicted, it’s one thing, but it’s something completely different when animals are exploited, harassed and harmed: it’s cruelty,” the company said. Jackass forever trailer shows Knoxville’s crew provoking a snake and a bull to the point of attack, treating a tarantula like a game piece and forcing a chained bear to eat honey by a tied participant. Four months before release, Jackass forever has already risked normalizing animal exploitation and legitimizing the cruel exhibitors who pimp animals out for productions. PETA urges producers to remove stunts involving animals from the film. “
Clifford the Great Red Dog is directed by Walt Becker and based on the popular children’s book series by Norman Bridwell. Starring Jack Whitehall, Darby Camp, Tony Hale, Sienna Guillory, David Alan Grier, Russell Wong, Kenan Thompson and John Cleese. It was released both in theaters and on the streaming service Paramount + on November 10 after pandemic-related delays.