Animals in Movies & Video
Posted: 27 September 2012. Updated: 2 January 2015
Have Trunk Will Travel
Video released in March 2011 by ADI showing elephants owned by US performing animal supplier Have Trunk Will Trunk being beaten and electric-shocked during training shocked the world and led to a lawsuit
and an ongoing campaign by ADI to end elephant rides offered by the company at county fairs and other events across California.
Oregon Zoo Secures Ownership of Baby Elephant Lily - Following a hard-fought media campaign by ADI, the Oregon Zoo has secured ownership of baby elephant Lily. Read more...
Rose-Tu’s baby must not be handed to elephant abusers - an elephant born at Oregon Zoo could face a lifetime of misery at the hands of circus and movie animal trainers Have Trunk Will Travel. Read more...
Groups oppose use of circus elephant in 100 Year Old Man
ADI joined forces with Put an End to Animal Cruelty and Exploitation (PEACE) and Loomus to oppose the use of Vana Mana - one of three elephants who ADI exposed being chained and beaten whilst performing at the Great British Circus - in movie The 100 Year Old Man when it premiered in Japan on November 8th and Estonia on December 12th.
Use of abused elephant in movie criticized by ADI and NSPCA
ADI and the NSPCA have condemned ‘The 100-Year-old Man’ movie, directed by Felix Herngren and released across South Africa on October 17th, for its use of an abused circus elephant called Vana Mana. Read more...
Movie criticised for use of abused circus elephant released in Latvia & Lithuania
ADI is continuing to alert cinema goers across Europe of the suffering of Vana Mana the elephant who features in ‘The 100 Year Old Man’ which is released in both Latvia and Lithuania on September 19th. Read more...
ADI and AnimaNaturalis Internacional criticise 100 Year Old Man film
ADI has joined with Spanish group AnimaNaturalis Internacional to condemn ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man’ for its use of an abused circus elephant. Read more...
Film using abused circus elephant comes to the UK
‘The 100-year-old man’ is heading to the UK, where ADI exposed the terrible abuse inflicted on Vana Mana, the circus elephant who features in the movie. Take action
’The 100-Year-Old Man’ film criticised by ADI & Code Animal
ADI and Code Animal urge cinema goers to avoid ‘The 100-year-old man’ film over its use of an abused circus elephant. Read more
ADI and Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit criticise ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man’ film
ADI and Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit have condemned The Hundred-Year-Old Man for its use of an abused circus elephant. Read more...
‘Noah’ director applauded for not using animals
ADI has applauded director Darren Aronofsky for using computer generated imagery (CGI) in upcoming movie ‘Noah’, ensuring that no animals were exploited or abused in the making of the Paramount Pictures movie. Read more...
ADI and PETA criticise film for using abused circus elephant
The Hundred-Year-Old Man bills itself as a comedy however there is nothing funny about the shocking abuse of poor Vana Mana, the elephant who features in the movie. Read more...
The Wolf of Wall Street movie criticised over chimp use
The Wolf of Wall Street’ has been criticised by ADI for featuring a chimpanzee ‘actor’ – who can be seen in the trailer wearing roller skates and clothes. Read more...
ADI calls for boycott of Anchorman 2 featuring Seaworld dolphins
ADI has condemned the use of Seaworld dolphins in Anchorman 2, directed by Adam McKay and starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate. Read more...
Hollywood Reporter investigation reveals failure to protect animals on-set
An investigation conducted by The Hollywood Reporter has uncovered a number of instances where the American Humane Association (AHA) failed to protect animals on the set of well-known film and television productions. An investigation conducted by The Hollywood Reporter has uncovered a number of instances where the American Humane Association (AHA) failed to protect animals on the set of well-known film and television productions. Read more...
Disney film ‘The Hundred Year Old Man’ condemned for use of abused circus elephant
ADI has condemned the use of an abused circus elephant in Christmas Comedy ‘The Hundred Year Old Man’, which will be released in Sweden, Denmark and Finland on Christmas Day. Find out more / Take action
Cheetah used in new movie The Counselor
A cheetah supplied by Eagle Heights Wildlife Park in Kent, in the UK, feature in ‘The Counselor’ directed by Ridley Scott and starring Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Michael Fassbender. Read more...
S4C uses elephants for Welsh film
Welsh TV channel S4C has used elephants trucked from Germany for the film “Y Syrcas” which is due to be broadcast Christmas 2013. Find out more / take action
American Humane Association under fire for failing to protect animals
Lawsuit alleges the AHA has failed to protect animals from abuse and neglect in film and television productions. Read more...
ADI oppose use of real tigers in making of Life of Pi movie
ADI has condemned the use of real tigers, reportedly four in total, in the making of upcoming movie ‘Life of Pi’. Read more...
Lions in “Gambit” movie trained by man whose bear attacked and killed his cousin
The new movie “Gambit”, directed by Michael Hoffman, faces criticism from ADI for featuring two lions. The animals were trained by Randy Miller, whose own cousin, also a trainer, was killed by Miller’s bear “Rocky” in 2008. Read more...
Movie ‘Rust and Bone’ courts controversy and call for boycott over use of captive orcas
ADI is urging movie goers to boycott the film ‘Rust and Bone’ over its promotion and needless use of captive orcas. Read more...
Help stop Oscar nomination of Spanish bullfighting movie
ADI has united with CAS International, La Tortura no es Cultura and PiepVandaag to voice our opposition of the Spanish movie Blancanieves, a bullfighting version of Snow White. Read more...
Water for Elephants
Video released by ADI showed the elephant that appears alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in the film Water for Elephants, being beaten and electric-shocked during training. In the film Rosie, played by Tai, is brutally attacked by the circus owner who beats her with a bull hook. But the producers, stars, and trainers were at pains to stress that Tai was trained with kindness, marshmallows, and positive reinforcement.
ADI called on members of the public to boycott the movie Zookeeper, after it was revealed that one of its animal stars Rosie the elephant was trained by Have Trunk Will Travel using violent methods.
ADI has also blasted the makers of Rock of Ages (baboon) The Hangover (tiger), Night in the Museum (capuchin) and Knight and Day (running of the bulls) for their use of animals.
Video30 Seconds to Mars
used a menagerie of animals – including a lion, wolf and zebra – in their music video for “Up in the Air” which were supplied by Good Dog Animals in California.
George Michael used a zebra, as well as birds, from Amazing Animals in his music video for ‘White Light’.
The Flaming Lips used a capuchin monkey and a frog in their music video for “You Lust”.
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