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‘The Grey’ Has Us Seeing Red

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 26, 2012
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There’s no gray area when it comes to The Grey—this film has been rotten to wolves from the get-go.

Reneging on Their Word

Long before filming started, PETA met with a producer of The Grey 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 promise. 

Eating Wolf Meat

Director 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.

Not surprisingly, Liam Neesonno friend to animals, was game for eating wildlife. 

The Big, Bad Wolf

A 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.”

Don’t just shy away—run away from The Grey.

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  • Ana says:

    Why do people freak out about eating a wolf, but eating a cow or chicken is fine?

  • Karen says:

    I have a really big problem with this movie and not because they ate wolves, which is bad and hopefully not true. My issue is with the portrayal of wolves as such horrible man eating monsters. Wolves don’t hunt men, men hunt wolves. Wolves run from man and rightly so. But what is this message to people, that all wolves are ravenous, evil killing machines, while they are so very not that. The popularity of this movie disturbs me. I stopped watching after I saw the completely unrealistic view put on wolves. When was the last time anyone heard of a wolf hunting and killing a humans? Anyway, I just needed to get that out, was really bugging me. thanks for listening

  • Keith Mooney says:

    i usually would not agree with you guy but you are correct ilove wolves there the only animal i would not hunt for but i am a avid hunter and the only reason for that is bc i like the thrill of the hunt and the taste of wild game.

  • ImRealistic says:

    Loved the movie for what it is…a movie, pure entertainment. Does this make me hate wolves anymore than before? No, it’s because I also watch Animal Planet, Nature, Discovery Channel and happen to love nature. Movies like this don’t kill wolves, it’s the people like you and who continue to prosper and expand the population which then leads to further expansion into the wilderness and so on….please stop with this non-sense. You’re better off helping wolves by becoming a vegan…yes vegan, not vegetarian.

  • Lucas says:

    The movie, with wolves or not, mind you, was bad. A boring collection of uninteresting characters you dont give a dim during the movie. After a while, when i realized how unfair it was to wolves, i went to bed. This movie would only please someone really childish. And i completely agree is a disgusting portrayal of a whole species. Very irresponsible.

  • Jack says:

    when i saw the movie, i just assumed that the wolf they skewed was not actually wolf. Im not saying its acceptable to promote trapping, i think its very cruel. But, as far as sending the wrong message, kids today didn’t know it was real wolf until this article was written… And, trappers dont necessarily “trap”, because you cant call them hunters… “hunter” is not a profession. the wolf carcass they ordered in was most likely stalking farm animals or herds of cattle, in which case needed to be killed because it complies with an agreement made between USDFW and ranchers. When one wolf isn’t scared to kill cows or sheep and stay away from homes, neither will the rest of the pack it came from.