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Replace chimpanzee with CGI: PETA to 'Gorilla' movie director

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has asked the of an upcoming movie to replace a chimpanzee, scheduled to feature in it, with imagery (CGI) and never feature live animals in his

The (PETA), India, shot off a letter to after learning that a named Kong will appear in his movie 'Gorilla', starring Jiiva and Shalini Pandey, the body said.

India's message also included a link to a video featuring a contemplating suicide. It was created by top advertising agency and award-winning production company 'The Mill'.

The thought-provoking spot illustrates the tragic lives of animal "actors", it said.

"Compassionate, forward-thinking film-makers would never dream of hauling sensitive wild animals to a chaotic movie set and force them to 'act' for the 'viewers' amusement.

"is calling on Gorilla's to cut the cruelty and switch to modern and humane and visual-effects technology," said PETA, India, Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations

The body noted that used in the film and television industry are commonly taken from their frantic mothers shortly after birth, leaving both the mother and the baby traumatised for life.

Investigations have revealed that trainers often punch, kick, beat and even give electric shock to during behind-the-scenes training sessions and on the movie set, in order to make them perform "correctly" in the fewest takes possible, PETA said in a statement.

When chimpanzees reach adolescence and become too difficult to manage, they are typically relegated to cramped cages, where they face decades of loneliness and isolation, it said.

Blockbusters such as the 'Planet of the Apes' franchise and 'The Jungle Book' have relied on technology and advanced to create realistic animal characters without harming or harassing their live counterparts, it pointed out.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 18:55 IST