PETA is urging people to boycott Jackass Forever, the newest release in the Jackassfranchise due to alleged animal abuse.
In a public statement, PETA said the film had potentially violated California animal protection laws by provoking several animals into performing stunts leading the organization to push for a criminal investigation.
Some of the stunts questioned include goading a bull into hitting Johnny Knoxville, provoking a snake to bite Sean McInerney, endangering a tarantula, provoking honeybees into stinging Steve-O’s penis, and repeatedly hitting a scorpion so it would sting Rachel Wolfson.
“Jackass stunts are violent and vulgar, but if the talent is willing and the wounds are self-inflicted, that’s one thing—however, it’s quite another when animals are exploited, harassed, and harmed: That’s cruelty,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk.
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The animal activist group sent Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Kimberly Abourezk a letter requesting a formal investigation into the film's use of animals.
Animals being exploited for entertainment is a very real issue \nUsing animals for entertainment is inherently cruel, and there is never a situation in which it\u2019s acceptable to use them in a movie or on a TV show. Learn more here https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/animals-in-film-tv/\u00a0\u2026