Animal rights organization, PETA recently announced to honour American-actor, Bradley Cooper, with an award for casting his own dog, Charlie, in his latest movie 'A Star Is Born'.
According to reports, Cooper chose to cast his own dog in the movie and refused to use a dog which was supplied by one of Hollywood's animal exhibitors. PETA was really impressed by Cooper's step. This is mainly because animals used in the movie are more than often mistreated and ignored while filming. In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture addressed the issue of mistreatment of animals and summoned one of the exhibitors for violations of the country's Animal Welfare Act. Casting own pet would ensure better treatment of the animal as they would be taken care of for being a celebrity's pet.
After watching the movie 'A Star Is Born', PETA's Senior Vice-President, Lisa Lange, commented that the 'happy, adorable and the much-loved dog steals the spotlight'. The fatherly love he has for Charlie is coming across really well on the screen too.
PETA hoped that Cooper's decision to cast his own pet will inspire other actors and actresses around the world to do the same. This would considerably benefit the animals, like those coming from an agency, would no longer be mistreated or ignored while filming. Bradley Cooper is known to have owned several rescue dogs, two of whom he named Samson and Charlotte. His pet, Charlie, is named Cooper's father, who passed away in 2011.
Bradley Cooper is best known for his movies 'The Hangover' (2009), 'American Hustle' (2013), 'The A-Team' (2009), 'Limitless' (2009), Silver Lining Playbook (2012) and for voicing Rocket Racoon in the Avengers series. His new movie, 'A Star Is Born' released on October 5. It is Cooper's first directorial venture and co-stars Lady Gaga in the pivotal role.
PETA is short for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It is the largest animal rights organization in the world with more than 6.5 million supporters. It focuses on the animal abuse across four major industries - food, clothing, laboratories and entertainment. It works by creating awareness about animals through various campaigns, celebrity involvement, cruelty investigation and animal rescue missions. Many big names from around the world are associated with PETA including Bill Clinton, Paul McCartney and Ellen DeGeneres.
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