The organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, otherwise known as PETA, has some major problems with the new movie, Zookeeper, starring Kevin James and it’s not the talking animals.
Protesters gathered outside the films premiere at the Regency Village Cinema in Westwood, Calif., on Wed., July 6, to argue the poor treatment of animals on set. In particular, the protesters stood with signs showing support for Tweet, a giraffe who collapsed and died shortly after finishing his scenes in 2009.
According to a statement released by PETA, “Tweet spent the last few months of his life confined to a 20-foot-by-20-foot stall, which was barely large enough for the 18-foot-tall giraffe to lie down in. In their natural habitat, giraffes live in vast home ranges of up to 400 square miles.”
However, Jone Bouman, the communications director for the American Humane Association’s Film and Television Unit, refuted such claims, along with contesting that Tweet died from eating pieces of tarp. Bouman also explained AHA representatives were present during filming to ensure the ethical treatment of animals and a veterinarian treated Tweet the day before he died.
PETA disputes AHA’s comments stating, “AHA representatives only monitor what occurs during filming, not what happens during off-set training sessions, where abuse is most likely to occur.”