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Animal Defenders International Praises Noah Film

Posted: 26 March 2014. Updated: 26 March 2014

Leading entertainment animal campaign organization 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 US on March 28th, stars Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson.

ADI President, 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 US 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 catalog 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.

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Contact:
Lori De Waal 323-462-4122 lori.dewaal@dewaalpr.com
ADI Media Desk 323-804-9920 mediadesk@ad-international.org

Animal Defenders International
With offices in London, Los Angeles and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, educates the public on animals and environmental issues. http://www.ad-international.org

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