102 Dalmatians Controversy

Doggy pic attracts criticism


by Willow Green |

The London set of 102 Dalmatians has been thrown into chaos after it was revealed that high profile animal charity PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is boycotting the movie's production. PETA is planning a demonstration against the film, which stars Glenn Close and Gerard Depardieu in a follow-up to the 1996 live action flick 101 Dalmatians.

It was reported after the first film that huge numbers of people rushed out to buy Dalmatian puppies, but many were ill-equipped to care properly for the pedigree breed. It's believed that huge numbers were either mistreated or dumped in animal shelters. The movie has also been refused permission by various dog groups to use their emblems in the making of the film. Spokesperson for PETA Andrew Butler says, "We are looking into the possibility of demonstration at the set. We are planning to hold placards with `Disney are heartless about homeless dogs' on it. "Whatever they may say, there is no doubt 101 Dalmatians promotes pure breed, and as a result the Christmas it came out saw a rise in unwanted dogs."

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