PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recently called for a boycott of the film A Dog's Purpose after video surfaced Wednesday (1/18) that shows one of the movie's star dogs performing under duress.
TMZ posted the video, which was shot on the set in 2015. The clip purports to show a rescue scene in which the trainer appears to be forcing the dog into a pool of rushing water while the dog repeatedly claws to stay on land.
"New footage shows a terrified dog who is forced into churning water on set," PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange said in a statement. PETA is calling on dog lovers "to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props," Lange said.