Animals Were Harmed in the Making of ‘Zookeeper’

Posted by on July 20, 2011 | Permalink

PETA US members converged on the Hollywood premiere of the new movie Zookeeper to remember Tweet, a giraffe who collapsed and died on set during the movie’s production.

An elephant used in the film may also have been abused. Animal Defenders International took video footage of elephants as they were beaten and shocked by trainers at Have Trunk Will Travel, the company that provided the elephant for the movie.

PETA US Zookeeper Demo 1

Moviegoers may be surprised to learn that the presence of American Humane Association (AHA) representatives on a movie set is no guarantee that animals were not exploited, hurt, or even killed during production. AHA representatives only monitor what occurs during filming, not what happens during off-set training sessions, where abuse is most likely to occur.

PETA US Zookeeper Demo 2

Please don’t reward the producers of Zookeeper – which, incidentally, is receiving scathing reviews – for exploiting animals. Don’t buy a ticket.