Sarah Daniels

“A Dog’s Purpose” – by Sarah

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So by now I’m sure you’ve heard about it – especially if you’re an animal lover. It’s the video shot on set of the film “A Dog’s Purpose” – in which a German Shepherd is being forcibly shoved into a pool of turbulent water,  apparently done with wind machines and boat engines. I can’t and won’t watch it, but millions have already. (credit for breaking it)

The dog is clearly panicked and in distress:  someone yells “cut it” – and people rush to the dog, which appears to be completely under water.

Even more alarming is the fact that a representative from the American Humane Society was on hand to monitor the set. That person is now on administrative leave.

So, a movie that’s supposed to be about the loving relationship between people and their dogs is actually created by terrifying a dog and possibly almost drowning it. That’s nice.

The film sequence was filmed in Manitoba, and the CEO of the Winnipeg Humane Society, Javier Schwersensky, was rightfully ticked off. He points out that the dog was clearly fearful and not trained for the experience, – and that training for this would have likely taken weeks, – if not months.

Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

How many times has a blind eye been turned in these situations?

Clearly traumatizing or killing an animal doesn’t seem to be that big an issue with film makers. After all, animals are cheap, right? And Dennis Quaid, the lead in this movie, is not what would be considered “A” list anymore, so I’m sure the budget wasn’t big. Shot up in Hollywood North after all – and I don’t recall Manitoba being a huge movie destination.

PETA is now on the case. And the movie’s “saleability” is now being questioned. After all, this is supposed to be a family movie. I don’t think most families consider almost drowning a dog “great entertainment”…

The world is changing. This kind of treatment of animals is no longer tolerated, – and never should be.

It took years to free the elephants in the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Thankfully, Seaworld has ended its orca breeding program, while those remaining orcas will continue shows. They are under a microscope thanks, in no small part, to the shocking documentary “Blackfish” where conditions these great mammals, namely the late orca Tilikum, lived in.

In future, maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing to have several representatives from different animal protection agencies on any film or movie set where live animals will be used? Hopefully this travesty will see that be our new reality. Better yet, CGI anyone?

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  • Reply Wendy Beckett January 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I had not heard of this movie and will ignore it if it comes my way. Thanks for the warning Sarah. So happy that the elephants are being stopped in the circus….funny…..I never did like circuses or zoos and people though I was a strange kid…………huh!

  • Reply jennjilks January 19, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I totally agree. It’s shameful how some humans can treat both other humans and critters for profit.

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