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Summer 2014 - Act•ionLine

by Meg McIntire and Nicole Rivard | Summer 2014

Cheers and Jeers


Cheers to director Darren Aronofsky, who collaborated with visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), to ensure that no live animals were used in the filming of Noah, which was released in the spring. 

In an interview, Aronofsky explained how ILM created a virtual collection of animal actors: “We basically went through the animal kingdom and pinpointed the body types we wanted: some pachyderms, some rodents, reptiles and the bird kingdom. They were brought to life with different furs and colors.” 

After seeing the awful conditions some primates were kept in during the making of his earlier film The Fountain, Aronofsky decided to never use "animal actors" again. 

Friends of Animals knows all too well about animals exploited by the entertainment industry since it manages the Primarily Primates sanctuary in Texas, which cares for many chimpanzees who were discarded after they were too old to control. With the capability of computer generated imagery, live animals are absolutely not necessary in the movie-making industry. 



Cheers to vegan chef Jay Astafa, 21, known for his culinary creations at Three Brothers Pizzeria in Farmingdale, N.Y., who took a risk by making pappardelle pasta in the entrée round of the second annual Vegan Iron Chef competition held in San Francisco March 23. The risk paid off and he was crowned the winner of the event. 

Astafa and fellow competitors Jillian Love and Chef AJ were each given a basket of ingredients and instructed to create one appetizer in 25 minutes, one entree in 45 minutes, and one dessert in 25 minutes with the theme of impromptu Sunday brunch to inspire them. 

After the event Astafa revealed he is searching for the perfect location to open his own vegan restaurant in NYC later this year.

“It’s going to be a vegan tasting menu only because there is nothing like that in NYC right now,” Astafa said. “It’s going to be high-end fine dining.”

Stay tuned.




Jeers to Lady Gaga for trying to get an endangered slow loris to co-star with her in her music video recently. After the primate nipped her she decided to “fire” him. This comes in the wake of Rihanna leaving behind a trail of Instagram photographs of her with a slow loris on a beach in Thailand. Those photos led police to arrest two people for allegedly peddling protected primates. 

Slow lorises have become increasingly endangered due to the illegal pet trade after people see them looking cute and cuddly on YouTube. 

In captivity slow lorises are usually unable to clean themselves properly. This, combined with unsuitable diets, is a death sentence for the slow loris. 

Pop stars should use their celebrity to raise awareness about the dark side of the illegal exotic pet trade, not fuel it and devastate the population of endangered species even more.

You can tweet Lady Gaga at @ladygaga. Or write on her official Facebook page at




Jeers to Animal Planet and its show Call of the Wildman, which is yet again making headlines for its rampant abuse of wild animals, this time due to photographic evidence depicting the terrible treatment endured by a trapped coyote. 

According to Mother Jones, the coyote involved in this incident was illegally transported over state lines while sick and kept in cramped conditions for days. The producers intended to release the coyote in a shed and film the animal being captured “in the wild.” 

This offense comes on the heels of a seven-month long investigation of the show by Mother Jones, which showed multiple cases of death, abuse and injuries many different animals suffered during filming. The show follows “Turtleman” Ernie Brown, Jr. and his animal removal business. 

This show should be cancelled because it does not encourage the public to respect animals in their natural habitat and instead enforces a notion that animals are something that need to be "managed.” Our new blog ( encourages peaceful coexistence with wildlife.



Meg McIntire and Nicole Rivard

Act•ionLine Summer 2014

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