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Abuse in Hollywood Extends to Performing Animals

LISA LANGE: ‘The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) license of notorious Hollywood animal exhibitor Sidney Yost—who long made headlines for beating animals with sticks and feeding them contaminated food—has finally been permanently revoked, and he’s also been slapped with $30,000 in fines for more than 40 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act… Unfortunately, that behavior is routine in the entertainment industry. Animals forced to “act” are typically subjected to rigorous and abusive training methods to coerce them into completing stressful, confusing, uncomfortable and even painful acts… When not working, they’re often kept in extreme confinement and deprived of all that is natural and important to them, including companionship with others of their species and a spacious, enriching environment…

Sid Yost is history when it comes to handling animals for film and television, but it’s high time that the industry distanced itself from him altogether. As long as he is credited on productions, Hollywood is still funding animal abusers. But Yost is no exception in the entertainment industry. Other trainers who supply animals for movies, television shows, and commercials view them as little more than equipment to be rented out. Birds & Animals Unlimited, for example, which provided the dogs for A Dog’s Purpose , came under fire after damning footage was released that showed a terrified dog forced into rough water during the film’s production. This followed a PETA eyewitness investigation of its facility, which documented chronic neglect’. SOURCE…

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