PETA to Protest ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ on Opening Night in Washington, D.C., Multiple Cities

Viral Video of Struggling Dog Is the Second Instance of Concerning Footage Associated With the Movie

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

WashingtonWhat:    As compassionate people everywhere react to a behind-the-scenes video of a terrified dog who was forced into churning water on the set of A Dog’s Purpose as well as footage from a 10-month investigation of the supplier of dogs used for the movie, PETA members will lead a coalition of concerned dog lovers in a lively protest outside Regal Gallery Place Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Friday, the film’s opening night. Protests have also been organized in New York and more than 25 other cities across North America—including Los Angeles and Winnipeg, where the film was shot.

When:    Friday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.

Where:    Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, 701 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

“No amount of spin from Hollywood will change the fact that being forced to do a terrifying stunt is not a dog’s purpose,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA is calling on kind people to boycott this film and send the message that animals should be treated humanely, not exploited and abused as movie props.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—recently released a video exposé of Hollywood animal supplier Birds & Animals Unlimited, which provided the dogs used in A Dog’s Purpose. The footage revealed that animals were denied adequate veterinary care, forced to sleep outdoors in the cold without bedding for warmth, subjected to food-deprivation training, made to live in filthy conditions, and more.

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