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PETA Wants Boycott of 'A Dog's Purpose' Because a Dog Got Wet During Filming

While claims should generally be judged on their merit and not on who makes them, you can bet that most complaints lodged by PETA will prove ridiculous. That's because the animal-rights organization refuses to acknowledge the fundamental difference between animals and human beings.

The latest target of PETA's ire is the film A Dog's Purpose, which you might otherwise assume they would approve of. After all, it portrays a dog as a thinking spiritual being which speaks through narration. That's how PETA tends to think of all animals. But any alignment with their worldview was apparently negated by the treatment of a canine star in the film. From Variety:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have called for a boycott of Universal’s upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose” in the wake of the release of video showing a dog being forced into churning water on the set.

“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,” the group said.

The call for the boycott came on Wednesday, when TMZ released a leaked video from November, 2015, footage of a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water during the making of the film.

Watch the video below. The dog had reportedly rehearsed the scene without incident prior to filming but grew apprehensive once cameras were rolling. Ultimately, the dog got wet against its will. That's what happened. A dog got wet. Are you disturbed?