AngLee
by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes, Entertainment, Film/TV
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We recently shared a story regarding the near drowning of a tiger on the set of the 2012 film, “Life of Pi.” The information came from an email written by a monitor for the American Humane Association, in which she revealed that a tiger “damn near drowned” and that she “downplayed the f*ck out of it.” The Hollywood Reporter obtained the email and the story has gone viral, alarming and upsetting thousands of people that the “No Animals Harmed” credit in the film was false. Now, the director of the film, Ang Lee, has spoken out about the incident.

Lee stated, ”It was an accident. The crew worked hard to rescue the tiger and then showed him a lot of care, giving him five-star treatment. […] We gave a lot of care to the tiger, as much as we possibly could.”

The film primarily used a CGI tiger for the film, but used a live tiger for scenes where they felt the computerized tiger wouldn’t suffice. Unfortunately, their creative eye led them to put a live tiger in danger, and it sounds like Lee “downplayed” the incident, too. The only way to guarantee an animal’s safety in a film is to use computer graphics and take live animals out of the script altogether!

Hopefully this unsettling incident will serve as a wake-up call to Lee, the AHA, and filmmakers everywhere that animals are not here for our entertainment.

Photo credit: cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com

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About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg, ForksOverKnives.com, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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