Jackass Keeps Animal Torment Scenes: PETA Says Stay Away

For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Despite hearing from PETA that scenes of animal exploitation normalize animal abuse, Jackass Forever has apparently refused to cut scenes showing a snake provoked to the point of attack, a chained bear coerced into eating honey off a bound participant, a tarantula trapped in a tube between two participants’ faces, and a bull provoked into charging Johnny Knoxville, reportedly leaving him with a brain hemorrhage, among other injuries, and prompting him to swear off future life-threatening stunts.

Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange:

Johnny Knoxville can choose to retire from dangerous stunts, but the bulls, bears, snakes, and other animals tormented for movies like Jackass Forever are the real victims who spend their entire lives facing harassment and often deprivation and harm at the hands of Hollywood trainers. Paramount Pictures should know that animal exploitation doesn’t belong on a 2022 movie screen, and PETA is calling on moviegoers to stay away from this sordid sideshow.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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