UPDATE: Today marks the release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate among many others—including SeaWorld. In addition to asking people to boycott Anchorman 2 and other films that feature performing animals, animal activist groups like Animal Defenders International (ADI) and PETA are asking animal lovers to take action by urging Paramount Pictures to adopt a policy not to use wild animals in future films. Feel free to post a polite comment on the Paramount Pictures website or Facebook page, and/or tweeting @ParamountPics.
According to ADI Chief Executive Jan Creamer:
“Anyone who loves animals should avoid ‘Anchorman 2’ and other films with performing animals, especially wild animals like dolphins. The suffering of these intelligent and emotionally complex animals is receiving universal condemnation around the world from veterinarians, dolphin experts, zoo industry insiders, the public and celebrities – and for very good reason. The use of wild animals in film and other forms of entertainment is extremely controversial and studios must move towards CGI and other ways to avoid animals being harmed behind-the-scenes whilst training takes place.”
Read on to learn more about Anchorman 2 and its involvement with SeaWorld’s captive dolphins. — Global Animal
Hey Ron Burgundy, you’re not looking too classy these days!
Will Ferrell’s long-awaited sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn’t giving PETA anything to laugh about. The activist group wants all the scenes featuring dolphins at San Diego’s Sea World stripped from the movie.
“The constant deprivation that marine mammals face at Sea World is suited to a horror film, not a comedy,” says PETA’s Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, Delcianna Winders. “PETA is calling on the creators of Anchorman to…leave all Sea World scenes on the cutting-room floor where they belong.”
Pixar Studios recently left scenes from their upcoming animated movie Finding Dory on the cutting-room floor after reportedly viewing Blackfish, a documentary that exposes the cruel treatment of orcas held in captivity. The film’s powerful message seems to have captured much of Hollywood’s attention and compassion—something PETA hopes Anchorman 2 producers will take note of and follow suit.
The sequel, produced by Judd Apatow, reunites Ferrell as the pompous Ron Burgundy with his wacky news team played by Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner.
No longer the glory days of the ’70s as in the original Anchorman, Burgundy is now a washed-up anchor stuck working as an announcer at Sea World.
Scheduled to open in December, the comedy also stars Christina Applegate, Kristin Wiig, and Harrison Ford—all vocal animal rights’ supporters. So, when in Rome…
— Lisa Singer, Global Animal