People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has come out with a statement, listing out five reasons not to watch Jiiva’s upcoming venture ‘Gorilla’, directed by Don Sandy.
It said: “As part of its campaign to end the use of wild animals in film and television, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is rallying the public to avoid Don Sandy’s new movie Gorilla, which opens this weekend and features a chimpanzee named Kong.”
Listing out five points on why live animals should not be used in films, it said: “Captive primates are separated from their mothers; they’re violently abused; while movie scenes might be short, the animals suffer for life; using live animals is unnecessary; and it leaves a legacy of harm.”
Sachin Bangera, associate director of Celebrity and Public Relations, said, “The film industry must yell ‘cut’ on the archaic and cruel use of animals in productions. Wild animals like chimpanzees and elephants are not movie props, and PETA India is calling on decent people to boycott Gorilla and send the message that primates and all other animals should be left in peace in their natural habitats.”
Starring Shalini Pandey in the female lead, ‘Gorilla’ is a comedy thriller that revolves around a chimpanzee. Earlier, PETA had asked Sandy not to use live animals in the film and instead, use computer-generated-imagery (CGI).