For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2015
David Perle 202-483-7382
PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders released a statement in response to reports that Food Lion has apparently cancelled plans to have a live lion at a commercial shoot in Van Nuys (a plan that prompted a protest from PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”):
No lions were dragged to Food Lion’s commercial shoot in Van Nuys today, and PETA is calling on the company to make a pledge for the future: no wild animals in ads, ever. Whether they’re filmed in front of a green screen or on a cramped commercial set, lions in the entertainment industry are denied everything that’s natural and important to them and are even beaten into obedience. Food Lion can and should create eye-catching ads without resorting to the use of deprived, captive wild animals.
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