German Shepherd Forced To Undertake Stunt In Film When It Is More Than Clear It Is Frightened.

Just like the circus acts or the performances at SeaWorld, here again we clearly see an animal, in this case a German Shepherd; being forced to perform when it is obviously clear to anyone that the animal is more than reluctant to undertake what is being asked / forced of it.

Regardless of concern for the welfare of the animal, we see the ‘trainer’ clearly forcing the dog into a torrent of rapid flowing water.  Judging by the actions of people at the end of the video below, it is clear that things did not go according to plan.

No doubt we will read in the credits that ‘no animal was harmed in the making of this film’.  Maybe they should add to the statement ‘but animals were forced to perform stunts when it was clear from their behaviour that they did not wish to take part’.

Somehow we do not think this will happen.


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One of the dogs in the upcoming film “A Dog’s Purpose” desperately resisted shooting a risky scene, but chilling footage shows filmmakers apparently forcing the animal into rushing water.

TMZ obtained this video of a scene shot in a pool outside Winnipeg, Canada in November 2015. You can see a trainer forcibly shoving a German Shepherd — one of at least 5 dogs used in the production — into the frothing water, but the animal wanted NO part of it … and repeatedly clawed at the pool’s edge.

Sources connected to production tell us 8 outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river. The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.

It’s unclear if the dog going under was scripted, but someone immediately yelled, “Cut it!” … and handlers rushed to the animal.




One Response

  1. An incident, that I never vorget!

    These animals belong to the film animals.
    They come from the animal film industry!
    In Germany the business flourishes, there are some such shops.
    Depending on the requirements, the animals be trained with brutal training.
    From birth, they learn to obey as inmates.
    Most of them are sitting around in dark and dirty rooms, and when a demand comes from customers, the inmates get a deceptively good “stage” for this lucrative presentation.
    So that no suspicion arises.

    This message with the shepherd dog has reminded me of a personal experience.
    It was in year 2012, when we had the opera of Richard Wagner “Lohengrin”, in the theater where I work.
    In this production a Schwann was ordered, as a stage actor!
    He came from an animal film agency near Karlsruhe.

    In every performance, every night, with this special number of trombones and trumpets, which roared down from the orchestra (but also on the stage), I could feel his suffering and agony.
    He was restless in his cage, fluttering hysterically with his wings until to his appearance, looking for help, looking for empathy and grace, but no one understood his suffering.
    Swans have a very sensitive hearing, the noise on the stage must have been a terrible pain for him.

    All my conversations with the agency owner woman who accompanied the Schwann to the theater every evening was forgiven.
    Apart of this she was extremely arrogant and cheeky.
    The Veterinary Office, with which I otherwise had the best relations, could not found a punctual abuse.
    The Schwann was not even tied, his exploiters had succeeded, and he accepted his slaves without chains!!
    For me it was clear, another “solution” should be!

    One night, when we and the Schwann were on the stage, I pushed him hard but secretly.
    Forward, to the direction of orchestra podium and auditorium.
    The Schwann flew wildly, made an arc over the orchestra, and landed in the fifth row of seats.
    The performance was briefly interrupted, the Schwann was caught again.
    The incident has alerted the Veterinary Office: on the next day the Office decided that, due to safety precautions, the Schwann will not take part anymore.
    Many colleagues, who were from the beginning in solidarity with my actions, called the veterinary office and complained about animal abuse, the matter even came in the local press.
    After this incident, the management of the theater has busy no more animals to the stage.

    He was the dearest colleague I ever had on this theater.
    I think very often at him.

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