No mater what you think of PETA, there is one thing to be said of them: they never miss out on an opportunity for publicity. With rampant headlines of the Ohio farmer who shot himself after letting loose a bunch of exotic animals including a herpes monkey (who by the way, now has an inevitable but still hilarious Twitter account), they’re speaking out against people owning wild animals by targeting Cameron Crowe’s upcoming Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson flick We Bought a Zoo.
The film centers on a single dad who purchases a house out in the country as a way to get his family back together, but doesn’t realize there is a zoo on the property. It’s loosely based on the true story of a man with the most shady real estate agent ever, and in the end, helps bring the family closer together in what we can only expected to be a snuggly warm moment of an animal doing something awwwe-worthy.
PETA’s Vice President said in a statement:
We Bought A Zoo conveys the misleading and downright dangerous message that no special knowledge — just a lot of heart — is needed to run a zoo. As the tragedy in Ohio gruesomely illustrates, wild animals aren’t Disney characters. They have very special needs that all too often aren’t met by people who buy them on a whim because they think it would be ‘cool’ to own a tiger.”
Hmmm…clearly true, but c’mon, it would be pretty cool to own a tiger. Ask Mike Tyson.