Even though movies try and be as animal friendly as possible, the life of an animal actor is not an easy one.
Anyone who's seen the trailer for The Hangover Part III knows that animals can get the short end of the stick in films sometimes.
Like the giraffe that gets decapitated while being driven around by Zach Galifianakis.
PETA was clearly not happy when they saw this, even though it's just CGI.
"We regret that unlike most Hollywood directors, [Hangover 3 director] Todd Philips remains insensitive to what animals are put through to make a film, and that despite evidence given to him about the abuse and stress inherent in training wild animals such as giraffes, monkeys and tigers, he is still including them in his movies.
Phillips filmed a real giraffe in the studio to create the character, an entirely unnecessary stressor for the giraffe, given what is now possible with CGI. Giraffes are extremely delicate creatures who are easily upset and become nervous in surroundings that are unfamiliar and therefore frightening to them."
So even though the animal wasn't used in the actual movie (thank goodness) they still had to use a live giraffe model and that's apparently cruel enough to get PETA riled up!
Let's hope more movies decide to just use CGI completely from now on!!
[Image via Warner Bros. Pictures.]