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Jordan Peele’s new film Nope shines an important light on animals working in entertainment and why it is wrong. The film follows a man who is a head wrangler for Heywood Hollywood Horses, a horse ranch that trains horses to be on the Hollywood big screen.

The film recounts that the very first moving picture was created from photos of a man galloping on a horse. The name of the man, a Black jockey, has been lost or erased from history. Since then, horses have been a part of Hollywood. They have been put through horrible working conditions, especially in early Hollywood, where their forced labor often resulted in death or severe injury. They were and still are often treated as prisoners for profit who are disposable and replaceable.

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Another animal often used in films is chimpanzees. In Nope, a particular storyline follows a chimpanzee named Gordy who stars in a sitcom but snaps after a balloon pops and ends up attacking all of his human costars.

There have been many times in real life when animals have attacked people or snapped on sets. These are extremely high-stress environments that these animals would not be exposed to in their normal world. However much they are domesticated and born into this type of work, it will never be what the animal wants or needs.

On the bright side, animals on film have come a long way, with more and more animals on screen being replaced with computer-generated images. Live animals on sets are now monitored by American Humane to ensure humane working conditions, but how humane is it to make these animals work in the first place when they can’t speak for themselves?

We can help these animals by not supporting the businesses that exploit them. Refrain from buying tickets to circuses, zoos, or movies that use wild animals. This will leave these companies with less financial Support to keep their cruel practices going. Today’s special effects and simulations provide the same visual experience as watching an animal on screen or stage without the involvement of cruelty or captivity. The film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” wowed movie-goers with incredible computer-generated imagery (CGI) and considering the film brought in $100 million during opening weekend in the U.S. alone, we think audiences and producers would agree.

Check out these 5 Humane Ways to Be ‘Entertained’ by Animals Without Exploiting Them!

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