‘Marion Cotillard film faces animal rights boycott’

Posted on October 31, 2012

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Today (31st October), an item was posted on telegraph.co.uk titled ‘Marion Cotillard film faces animal rights boycott’.

‘… Rust and Bone, the new Marion Cotillard film, promotes the “wretched existence” of captive killer whales, says animal rights organisation –

Animal rights campaigners are urging cinema-goers to boycott the new Marion Cotillard film, Rust and Bone, because it features killer whales in captivity.

Cotillard plays an animal trainer in the film and her scenes were shot at the Marineland Park in Antibes, France, which has a number of captive orcas.

The Oscar-winning actress admitted that she was uncomfortable in the environment. “I’ve always had a repulsion going in a place where animals are in captivity.

“I had to work through my rejection of this world, which I still feel. But I had a job,” she said.

Animal Defenders International, an organisation which campaigns against the abuse of animals for entertainment, said captive killer whales and dolphins live a “wretched existence” …

Jan Creamer, chief executive of ADI, said: “We are dismayed that the director, Jacques Audiard, gave his approval to the incarceration of orcas by using performing animals in the film.

“We urge the public to boycott Rust and Bone and also to pledge not to visit establishments that use captive whales and dolphins for entertainment.”

ADI said killer whales live in close-knit family pods in the wild, with females living on average for 50 years and males for 30 years.

In captivity, they are separated from these social groups. A spokesman for the organisation said: “This, together with the confined space they are forced to live in and the wholly unnatural existence they suffer, can lead to abnormal behaviours including aggression.

“Their lifespan, unsurprisingly, is significantly reduced, with most captive orcas dying before they reach their early 20s.”

Rust and Bone had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it met with critical acclaim. It opens in the UK this Friday.

Cotillard is being tipped for an Academy Award nomination, three years after she won the best actress Oscar for her performance in La Vie en Rose.

The 37-year-old actress was given training in how to communicate with the killer whales in the film. “I gave them some fish, and when you give them some fish they will do whatever you want them to do, basically,” she said.

She confessed to feeling unhappy at seeing the animals in captivity. Cotillard is a supporter of the conservation charity WildAid, which campaigns for marine protection …’

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