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  • Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 5:15PM EDT PETA blasts RuPaul's Drag Race for its butterfly season finale stunt

    “When performers use live animals as props, nobody wins,” the animal rights group said after contestant Asia O’Hara appeared to have released a plume of butterflies in the air that appeared to be dead on last night's finale.

    # TOPICS: RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1, Asia O’Hara, PETA, Reality TV

  • Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT PETA blasts HBO's statement defending its use of elephants on Westworld

    PETA's Rachel Mathews pointed to the pay network's history of using animals in responding to HBO's statement defending its use of elephants on Sunday's episode, saying: "HBO and its producers cannot honestly claim any high ground or provide any assurances in this case, as they’ve been sitting on this footage showing elephants screaming in pain as trainers hit, jab, and electroshock them since June 2016, when PETA first wrote to them about the use of an elephant from Have Trunk Will Travel for an episode of Silicon Valley."

    # TOPICS: Westworld, HBO, PETA

  • Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT HBO responds to PETA's allegation that abused elephants were used on Westworld

    "All of the animals featured on HBO series are treated with the utmost care and respect for their health, safety and well-being," HBO said in response to today's open letter from PETA. "A certified animal safety representative from American Humane was present at all times during any animal action on the set of Westworld. The AHA has confirmed that the animals were well-treated, and the production received the designation of 'No Animals Were Harmed.'" HBO added that it will investigate PETA's footage of one of the elephants being abused in archival footage.

    # TOPICS: Westworld, HBO, PETA

  • Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT PETA slams HBO for using abused elephants on Westworld

    Six years after the animal rights group successfully fought HBO's horse racing drama Luck, PETA is coming down hard against the pay cable network after it used real elephants on Sunday's episode. In an open letter sent to HBO's Casey Bloys, PETA pointed to footage of one of the elephants from last night's episode being abused, saying in a statement: "HBO’s Westworld—a show that presents riveted viewers with the rape and murder fantasies of rich patrons in a romanticized version of white colonization—couldn’t contain the violence to fictitious humans and robots. The cruelty spilt over into the real world when the show’s creators used a live and notoriously abused elephant in a recent episode. Now, PETA is calling on the network to do away with all animal exploitation." PETA has  previously come down on HBO for its use of lions, tigers and bears on Silicon Valley, Vice Principals, and The Leftovers. Lauren Thomasson, PETA's manager of animals in film and television, added: “Considering the realistic and cruelty-free CGI technology that exists today, all wild animals in HBO series should be computer-generated.” HBO has yet to respond to PETA's letter.

    # TOPICS: Westworld, HBO, Luck, Casey Bloys, Lauren Thomasson, PETA

  • Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT Is animal cruelty a new TV trend?

    Stranger Things, The Alienist and The End of the F***ing World have all used animal deaths as plot devices in the past year. But animal-rights groups like PETA are fine with the portrayals -- as long as it's depicted in a negative light. “While gratuitous violence against animals leaves compassionate viewers shocked and sickened, Stephen King, The Alienist, and The End of the F***ing World have all accurately depicted how future serial killers often start by abusing animals,” says PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange. “As long as no live animals are involved in filming, PETA is all for realistic on-screen portrayals showing what animals endure in real life at the hands of evil humans.

    # TOPICS: Pets and TV, The Alienist, The End of the F***king World, Stranger Things, Peta Murgatroyd, PETA

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