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Two PETA Paws Up for ‘Marley and Me’

Written by PETA | December 19, 2008
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Marley & Me

Marley & Me is coming out soon, and—even though it is decidedly mutt-free—we are nuts about this film’s message.

OK, in case you don’t know, Marley is based on the bestselling book by John Grogan and stars Owen Wilson as Grogan and Jennifer Aniston as his wife, Jenny. When they adopt Marley, an adorable but rambunctious (and growing) puppy, all heck breaks loose.

Now, anyone who has raised a puppy knows that it can be, uh, challenging (can I get an amen?), but Marley is in the big leagues—knocking over tables, shredding furniture, eating … well, I won’t give too much away. But the cool—and right—thing is that John and Jenny deal with all the frustrations and stick to their commitment to Marley by providing lots of walks, playtime, and more.

And here’s one of the best things about this: Grogan and the director as well as Fox 2000, the studio that is distributing the film, proved that Hollywood has a heart. More than a year ago, our L.A. office wrote to the folks at Fox 2000 asking if they’d tweak the story so that Marley was rescued from a rescue group or shelter instead of being bought from a breeder—and guess what? Yep, they did it! So, hopefully, anyone inspired to add a four-legged friend to the family will become part of the solution, instead of part of the problem, and will understand that life with a puppy comes with difficulties as well as delights. (These tips might help if you’re living with a Marley of your own.)

So, let’s see. Adorable stars of various species? Comic mishaps and tugged heartstrings? A story about love, understanding, and family bonding, just in time for the holidays, plus a great message about saving dogs and staying committed to them for their lives? I’m so there!

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Lexi says:

    I think PETA is looking at this at a different view point. These people brought an unbehaved crazy acting puppy into their homes BUT they didn’t give him away because he was so much work. Most people would have given him away or abandoned him but these people didn’t. Also the puppy actor of Marley was bought from a breeder. The writer is going to adopt this puppy even though it has severe medical problems. Though it was bought from a breeder fortunately it won’t be abandoned.

  • Anita50882 says:

    Guys try to understand that the movie was going to be made anyway and at the very least it’s not promoting breeding. It also does have a good message of sticking with a dog that might be trying for their human companions. It’s kind of like KFC Canada making changes that are BETTER for chickens although they are still dying in the end. We have to celebrate that but allthewhile knowing that the war is not yet won. This movie contains a small victory for dogs but one we should celebrate nontheless. Of course the ideal is not to have them in movies at all but this is a step in the right direction.

  • pony says:

    Gina has a good point. I too was surprised to see PETA endorsing this movie. Makes me wonder if there was any money changing hands for the review!??

  • Jasmin says:

    heyy cool first comment well I absolutely love Peta’s saying Animals Are Not Ours to Eat Animals Are Not Ours to Wear Animals Are Not Ours to Experiment On Animals Are Not Ours to Use for Entertainment Animals Are Not Ours to Abuse in Any Way

  • Kelly says:

    I’m so glad that in the movie Marley is rescued. I bought the book Marley Me this year and was devastated when I read the real Marley was ‘bought’ from a evil breeder.Other than that the book was wonderful.

  • Aneliese says:

    THANK YOU GINA!!! My thoughts exactly! I am so glad that your comment has been published mine did not get approved. I too don’t understand why this movie gets a thumbs up for using an animal in the entertainment industry and exploiting it. I hope this comment gets published and I also hope that some people at PETA are thinking along the same lines as myself and Gina.

  • Susan says:

    I think this Marley Me movie is a horrible example for children and adults alike. The irresponsibility of the pet owners is a disgrace.On top of that like 101 Dalmations the poor lab pups that will be an impulse purchase and then dumped is a dreaded thought.

  • Gina says:

    I don’t understand why Peta is giving Marley Me a pass 2 thumbs up. The movie goes against everything Peta stands for. Are other Peta members aware that 18 dogs play star roles in ‘Marley Me’ most dogs used in films came from shelters? At first it seems like the right thing to do but it’s not helping all the animals seems especially cruel when they have a taste of the good life then end up back in shelters euthanized when the movie is completed. I read that a couple of ‘Marley dogs’ were adopted but ideally they should have had an adoption in place for every dog they intended to use before they picked them out shelters to act in the movie. Does Peta know some ‘Marley actors’ were obtained through breeders because ‘special training was needed’ for particular tasks or to ensure dogs who played the same role looked exactly alike? Doesn’t Peta want to stop breeding which is a major cause of the massive pet over population? We preach the ABC’s of birth control to neuter is cuter while breeders go against all we stand for. A spokesman with the AHA who oversees the treatment of animals on movie sets stated that animal actors are often sold to research labs after their ‘job’ is done. And Peta is ok with that? Puppy mills are already breeding little ‘Marley Labs’ just in time for Xmas and the shelters will soon be full of young yellow labs when people buy one on impulse not thinking whether a Labrador will be a good fit or not and then the abandonment begins…. Remember Peta’s uncompromising position on Animal Rights? Animals Are Not Ours to Eat Animals Are Not Ours to Wear Animals Are Not Ours to Experiment On Animals Are Not Ours to Use for Entertainment Animals Are Not Ours to Abuse in Any Way

  • Meredith says:

    Skylar I think you are taking this way to far. Do you want the vampires in Twilight to eatkill humans instead of the animals? It’s a fiction book for crying out loud…

  • roxanne says:

    I wasn’t planning to see this movie but after reading this blog I will go see it for the dog.

  • Sklyer says:

    Why hasn’t PETA spoken out about the Twilight books? The vampires are “decent” because they suck the blood of animals not humans.

  • Amber says:

    Wow! You guys got pull! Thank you so much! Love you PETA!

  • Space Otter Ambassador says:

    Somehow I think dogs in their golden years are just as crazay as puppies. xD

  • Joanne Marie Sevigny says:

    Mr Crogan directors Fox 2000 show the world how to be ” Classy Professional People!”! Many more people of this world with such integrity should take example of the mentioned above and prove to millions of people that with effort and dedication everbody can make great changes towards how all animals should be treated with loving care and with respect towards God’s magnificent creatures!!! Thank’s to all and for the people behind this web site who take the time and love posting such victories!!!