(MOVIES/ANIMAL WELFARE) LONDON — Animal Defenders International (ADI) is formally thanking Director Darren Aronofsky of Noah for using computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead of live performing animals in his upcoming film.
Performing animals suffer abuse and neglect, and are denied a natural life. With the amount of technology we now have at our fingertips, the use of live animals in film is absolutely outdated and unnecessary.
Read on to learn more about Aronofsky’s inspiring efforts and for details on why the use of live animals should be banned. — Global Animal
Animal Defenders International (ADI)
Leading entertainment animal campaign organisation, Animal Defenders International (ADI), has thanked Director Darren Aronofsky for using computer generated imagery (CGI) instead of performing animals in upcoming movie ‘Noah’. The Paramount Pictures film, which premieres in the UK on 31 March, stars Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson.
ADI Chief Executive, Jan Creamer said, “We applaud Darren Aronofsky’s stance to ensure that no animals were exploited or abused in the making of Noah. Noah is the latest film to show on a huge scale that CGI can be used to replace the use of performing animals in films. In the past ADI has exposed the horrific abuse of performing animals during training and so we are delighted that Noah’s Director Darren Aronofsky made the positive decision not to use performing animals. ADI will certainly be letting our supporters know that they can go and watch Noah knowing that no animals suffered to make it.”
Global Animal reports that Noah Director Darren Aronofsky said: “I didn’t want [to use live animals] creatively anyway… And then I think it’s just wrong to bring that into play… When you start to get to certain types of creatures, it’s really questionable how right it is. Especially now that digital technology is basically able to get really close, there’s really no reason to do it.”
Animals used for entertainment suffer throughout their lives. Their compliance can be gained through withdrawal of affection, food, water or violence. Through undercover investigations in the UK and around the world, ADI has shown the harsh reality for animals used by the entertainment industry. ADI’s investigation of trained elephant supplier Have Trunk Will Travel (Zookeeper, Water For Elephants) in California found:
- Elephants repeatedly given electric shocks with hand-held stun guns
- An elephant crying out when being shocked into performing a headstand
- Elephants beaten around the body and legs with elephant hooks
- A baby elephant crying out after being hooked in the lip
- An elephant pinned with elephant hooks while her tusks were sawn down, close to the bone
The abuse of animals for the entertainment industry is becoming more widely known. The Hollywood Reporter recently released a comprehensive report into animals used in film, ‘Animals Were Harmed’, detailing a catalogue of animal suffering and death on American Humane Association monitored films.
The film industry itself is increasingly turning the spotlight on the use of animals in entertainment – Director Rupert Wyatt chose to use CGI for the extensive animal scenes in movie blockbuster Rise of The Planet of The Apes; Seaworld is facing severe criticism for keeping captive orca following the release of Blackfish; and ADI’s inspiring rescue of 25 lions from illegal Bolivian circuses is charted in uplifting action-documentary Lion Ark.