A Brief History

What is Animal Abuse?

Animal Activism

Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

Animals in Pop Culture

Animals in Sport

Other Uses of Animals

Animal Laws Around the World

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Movies that have been accused of allowing animal cruelty to occur either during filming or while the animals were on the set:


SAG and the Humane Society

Since 1940, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Humane Society have teamed up to help stop and prevent future cruelties to animals while they are on set and during filming. The Screen Actors Guild is in charge of supervising the affairs of the animals, to make sure that none are harmed. Now, in America, there can no longer be any movies that have animals in them made that has not been supervised by the SAG.

The United Kingdom also does not allow inhumane treatments of animals to be seen in Movies or on the television. The only exception to this is if the animal cruelty shown is part of an animal rights campaign.



The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been underfire recently as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) led an investigation in July of 2009 on animal cruelty in the circus. The circus claims that they use the utmost care and respect when working with their animals. However, PETA released video footage of the animal trainer's beating elephants on various parts of the body with bull hooks.

The circus was also underfire in 1998, when one of their lions died from heat exhaustion while traveling on a train in the middle of a desert. In addition to this, the company was also investigated when a four year old elephant drowned in Texas.

Other circuses involved in similar controversies include the Carson & Barnes Circus.

In 2009 Bolivia passed legislation banning the use of animals in circuses and becomes effective in July of 2010.