Pig Killed for Scene in ‘Drive’ Director’s New Netflix Series, PETA US Says ‘Cut!’

Pig Killed for Scene in ‘Drive’ Director’s New Netflix Series, PETA US Says ‘Cut!’

London – After a whistleblower informed PETA US that a pig was shot and killed for Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming Danish Netflix series, the group sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings asking for the scene be cut.

“No animal should suffer or die for human entertainment,” says PETA Vice President of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi. “Taking the life of a sentient animal for a series is unacceptable and may be illegal. Netflix needs to cut any footage that might glorify this pig’s needless, senseless death.”

PETA US has been told that the farmer who supplied live pigs admitted that one was going to be killed specifically for a scene in the show. Copenhagen Zoo confirmed it received a dead pig from the production, and Danish police are currently investigating. Danish animal welfare law states, “Animals shall not be trained or used in shows, circus performances, film shootings, or the like if the animal thereby suffers significant discomfort.”

PETA urges anyone who witnesses cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry to report it by calling the PETA US whistleblower hotline at 001 323-210-2233 or by visiting PETA.org/Report. Whistleblowers’ anonymity will be taken very seriously.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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