Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

‘Noah’ director applauded for not using animals

Posted: 26 March 2014


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. Noah premieres in the US on 28 March (in the UK on 31 March) and stars Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson.

‘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. ADI has exposed the horrific abuse of performing animals during training – whose compliance can be gained through withdrawal of affection, food, water or violence – and are delighted that Darren Aronofsky made the positive decision not to use performing animals.

Our investigation of Have Trunk Will Travel in California, who supplied elephants for Zookeeper and Water For Elephants documented:

  • 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 hooked in the lip and cries out
  • An elephant pinned with bullhooks while her tusks were sawn down, close to the bone

The abuse of animals for the entertainment industry is becoming more widely known by the public and the film industry itself is increasingly turning the spotlight on the use of animals – 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’.

Take action!

  • Enjoy ‘Noah’ safe in the knowledge that no animals have been harmed
  • Boycott movies which feature performing animals
  • Find out more about our animals in entertainment campaigns
  • Make a donation to enable us to expose the suffering of animals in entertainment

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