‘Zookeeper’ Premiere Picketed By PETA, Critiqued By Film Critics.
The film ‘Zookeeper’ faced a controversial premiere. While celebrities such as Kevin James and Rosario Dawson celebrated their movie, animal rights activists picketed it.
Patch reports that on Wednesday, activists protested the premiere over animal abuse allegations. Tweet, the giraffe, collapsed and died after wrapping his ‘Zookeeper’ scenes. According to 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.” The claim has been refuted by the American Humane Association.
Beyond protestors, many film critics weren’t fans of ‘Zookeeper’ either. As the Los Angeles Times writes, “More curious is how ineffectual the gabbing menagerie shtick is, as if a group of majestic beasts… are only interesting when hanging around tossing out one-liners. (A comment on captivity, perhaps?).”
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