Don’t Endanger and Abuse Animals for Entertainment

Target: Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lions Gate Entertainment

Goal: Strengthen animal welfare standards on movie and television production sets.

A TV filming set allegedly became the scene for a subtle but dangerous act of animal cruelty. Three animal trainers working for the show Manhunt: Lone Wolf now face animal cruelty charges. These serious charges should set an important standard for an industry that too often blurs the lines between entertainment and abuse.

The incident reportedly involved dogs that were expected to act like they had been exposed to cayenne pepper. Seeing as how the dogs were not actual trained actors, they did not respond the way their handlers wanted. To ‘fix’ this problem, the trainers allegedly rubbed cayenne pepper all over the dogs’ noses. A witness stated one of the dogs “immediately dropped down to the ground and attempted to rub his face through the dirt and foliage.”

This reaction may have actually been fortunate for the poor canine, as the consequences could have become much more severe. According to veterinary professionals, cayenne pepper can trigger dangerous reactions in dogs, up to and including blood clots, respiratory distress, and even death. Experts, in fact, have long warned humans away from using this damaging substance as a means of controlling their pets. More troubling still, one worker described the use of questionable substances to get animals to basically fall in line as a “common practice.”

Sign this petition to demand the production company ultimately responsible for this show and its employees exercise due diligence in preventing future abuses.


Dear Mr. Feltheimer,

A deeply disturbing incident occurred on the set of Lions Gate’s production of Manhunt: Lone Wolf. Multiple dogs were allegedly exposed to harmful cayenne pepper, and charges are pending against the involved animal trainers. If not for a responsible and concerned employee’s tip, these troubling actions may have never come to light. Now, you must ensure the circumstances allowing for this type of alleged abuse never again take place on one of your sets.

Lions Gate’s PR department released a statement touting its animal welfare track record and vowing, “we take all allegations of animal cruelty very seriously.” This affirmation should not be spin but rather a commitment to upholding the highest standards and principles. Learn more about this matter, and more importantly learn from it.

Adopt more stringent guidelines that protect all the living beings entrusted to your company’s care.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Virtual Wolf


  1. Fuck Lions Gate. I will NEVER watch anything produced by them.

  2. Cruelty for fun and profit??? Do the same to the corporate big wigs who OKed this “entertainment” and then throw their asses into prison for the next 10 years.

  3. Bonnie Harper says:

    Take the SOB that put cayenne pepper on the dogs nose and do the same to him only now put it on his genitals and see what his reaction will be. Anyone that abuses an animal in any way needs to be punished to the fullest extent. The same should be done to anybody that supports animals being used for entertainment.

  4. Rita McNany says:

    This is cruel and unacceptable! Anyone who abuses an animal must be punished! If this is entertainment, I want NONE of it!

  5. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

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