Written by Michelle Kretzer
There's no gray area
when it comes to The Grey—this film has been rotten to wolves from the get-go.
before filming started, PETA met with a producer of
and explained how animals used in movies often spend most of their time
confined to chains or cages when they are not performing and may be beaten or
deprived of food in order to force them to perform. The producers assured us that
they would use only computer-generated imagery and animatronic wolves—but
we've now learned that they reneged on their
Joe Carnage—oh, excuse me … Carnahan—ordered
wolf carcasses flown in
for the cast to eat so that the actors
would "have a sense of the movie we were making."
He bought the meat from a trapper, meaning that the wolves likely suffered horribly
in traps before being killed.
surprisingly, Liam Neeson, no friend to animals,
was game for eating wildlife.
film that has the potential to scare more people than "Little Red Riding
Hood," The Grey portrays these intelligent,
family-oriented animals the same way in which Jaws portrays sharks. The writers paint a pack of wolves living in
the Alaskan wilderness
as bloodthirsty monsters, intent on killing every survivor of a plane crash by
tearing each person limb from limb. Yet wolves aren't aggressive animals, and
as Maggie Howell, the managing director of America's Wolf Conservation Center, says, "Wolves don't hunt
humans—they actually shy away from them."
just shy away—run away from The Grey.
Written by PETA
On last night's The Daily Show (basically the only show I watch, other than Glee) Jon Stewart slipped in a quip about Manhattan's West Side—he called it the "sad-eyed carriage horse district."
Couple that with a recent episode in which Jon stood up to Liam Neeson's claim that the horse stables on the West Side are miniature luxury palaces, saying, "I don't think living on 52nd and 11th is a holiday for a horse," and I'd say that Jon is a regular hero for horses.
I think we should all join Jon in speaking up for horses who are abused in the carriage industry.
Written by Amanda Schinke
Liam Neeson's appearance on The Daily Show last night has PETA wondering if one of his horses might have kicked him in the head. What else could explain his bizarre opinions about New York City's carriage horses and what wonderful lives he thinks they have?
"Have you been in these stables?" he asked. "I would move in tomorrow. Seriously." The man has his choice of at least two posh homes—an enormous condo in Manhattan and a sprawling 6,000-square-foot estate in upstate New York—but apparently he would just as soon live here:
It gets better. When Jon Stewart questioned whether the horses would prefer to be free, Liam said, "Everyone thinks cows in the fields would rather be running wild … that's bullsh** … horses don't either."
Oh, Liam, maybe you're right, let me ponder this for a moment … It does seem like horses would prefer to endure the freezing cold and the panicky booms, noisy traffic, and exhaust fumes of the city over living in a lush pasture. And you're right, they probably much prefer the whips, shouting, heavy gear, traces, and lack of water in the troughs as well as the long shifts trudging for hours and pulling strangers in a half-mile circle all day without rest over living a natural life. Makes sense, right?
Jon stood firm, though, and came to the support of horses, adding, "I don't think living on 52nd and 11th is a holiday for a horse."
Written by Christine Doré
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