Statement: Report Only Confirms Cruelty on ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Set

For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2017

Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange in response to American Humane’s recent claims about the movie A Dog’s Purpose.

The new report commissioned by American Humane (AH) only confirms that there were at least two incidents in which a dog was terrified and forced into churning water and that during one of them, he was submerged. AH is funded by the Screen Actors Guild and is the same agency that allowed 27 animals to die during the production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so this study must be received with the skepticism that AH’s longstanding failures warrant—in the same way that one would be cautious about a “third-party” study of the link between cancer and cigarettes commissioned by the tobacco industry. As we’ve been doing since the day the video came out, PETA is calling on AH to release the report that was written on the day of the incident.

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