Shut Down Company that Allegedly Abused Dog on Movie Set

Target: Secretary Tom Vilsack, Head of the United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Demand the immediate shutdown of Birds & Animals Unlimited, an animal training company accused of animal cruelty after a German shepherd was allegedly forced to perform a stunt in “A Dog’s Purpose.”

A German shepherd was reportedly forced to jump into rushing water against its will while filming “A Dog’s Purpose.” Amblin Entertainment and distributor Universal Pictures stated, “on the day of the shoot, Hercules [the dog] did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.” However, the American Humane Association is investigating the possible abuse, and says it has suspended the representative who worked on this film.

PETA has had longstanding concerns with Birds & Animals Unlimited (BAU), the company that reportedly supplied all of the dogs for “A Dog’s Purpose.” PETA stated, “PETA’s investigation at BAU revealed that animals are denied veterinary care, forced to sleep outdoors in the cold without bedding for warmth, made to live in filthy conditions, and more.” The animal rights group has filed these concerns with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and they are asking the public to boycott “A Dog’s Purpose” while an investigation takes place.

BAU cannot be permitted to profit from this cruelty. Sign below and demand the immediate investigation and shut down of this company.


Dear Secretary Vilsack,

A German Shepherd was reportedly forced to jump into rushing water against its will while filming “A Dog’s Purpose.” Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures denied this claim, stating that the dog is “happy and healthy.” We demand justice for this innocent dog.

Shocking scenes, leaked by TMZ, reportedly showed a frightened German Shepherd clinging to the edge of a pool. The dog, one of many used in the film “A Dog’s Purpose,” was reportedly forced to complete the stunt despite its discomfort. This dog, along with all of the other dogs used on set, was supplied by Birds & Animals Unlimited. Per PETA, BAU has a long history of animal cruelty violations including denying veterinary care and forcing animals to sleep outside in the cold.

This cruelty cannot continue. BAU must be investigated and shut down immediately.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: 134213

Sign the Petition

  • Only your name will be displayed. By signing, you accept our terms and may receive updates on this and related causes.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
FacebookCare2 NewsTwitterEmailShare


  1. Maria Nowicki says:

    Where was the American Humane Association when this abuse
    was happening? Aren’t they supposed to be on the set of
    movies monitoring that animals are not hurt or abused.
    That “trainer” should be fired and never work with animals again. Also the company that supplies the animals should be
    investigated and shut down if needed.

  2. Kate Lenthall says:

    This is bogus, PETA reported this supposed “abuse”, and professional dog handlers and trainers have weighed in and affirmed that the dog was not in any real distress; most animals that aren’t extremely water-oriented will initially try to get out of water, especially rushing water. The dog in question was merely trying to get back out of the water. If it was truly being forced in, as TMZ supposedly reported, the hackles would be up, and there would be teeth involved. If the video had continued, it almost certainly would have shown the handler going through the process with the dog several times until it was comfortable with the situation. If the company that supplied the dog is guilty of mistreatment, then investigate them, but as far as anyone with dog experience can tell, the dog is absolutely fine, and the movie doesn’t need to be boycotted over it. I’ve also seen the point made that CGI would have worked instead of a real dog, but we have no idea why the production team didn’t go for that option, and they shouldn’t be harassed for the decision.

  3. Brenda Denno says:

    I have seen the video, and the dog was clearly terrified and was forced into the water after trying unsuccessfully to avoid it. Then shortly after being forced into the rushing water, the dog went completely under, at which point they yelled “Cut!” Not only should Birds and Animals Unlimited be investigated, but Universal Studios should be also. It’s time that the RAMPANT animal cruelty in the movie business be exposed and stopped. You can research it yourself – there is a lot of animal cruelty going on, some of it very severe and some even deadly for the animals.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Facebook Comments


831 Signatures

  • S E
  • Liz Cooper
  • Beth Hukill
  • maria kljuce
  • Mathias Hartinger
  • Jambrina Sakellaropoulo
  • jennifer Bradford
  • Yvelyne Jacobs
  • Carissa Wise
  • Karen Marcinczyk
1 of 83123...83
Skip to toolbar