In her latest post on TheKindLife. com, Alicia Silverstone discusses the, often controversial, issue of using animals in entertainment.
Silverstone was forced to deal with the topic firsthand while filming a scene with rats for her upcoming movie Vamps. In August, the star posted pictures of the animals on her blog, and today she’s commenting about her choice to work with them.
“I didn’t like that the rats I showed you in the blog a while back had to be there,” says Silverstone. “I didn’t like that the people who raise them and take care of them use them for films at all. The whole thing feels weird to me. But I will say that some good was done that day. Some people who may have thought nasty things about rats that day were playing with them, and finding them cuter than they expected.”
Alicia reveals that she always turns to PETA when dealing with this sensitive subject and ultimately felt it was appropriate in this situation.
“While I think it sucks to have animals act in movies, I really don’t think those rats were harmed or treated badly,” says Silverstone. “Do I wish they didn’t have to do that at all, and lived happily ever after in the wild? Yes – but that wasn’t my decision to make. So I guess I’m saying it’s all a bit tricky.”
Check out the full post at TheKindLife.com and tell us what you think about animals in entrainment. Is it always a black or white issue? Chime in and share your thoughts!