The filmmakers of a Filipino film titled Oro are facing possible charges for animal cruelty. A scene in the film allegedly showed actual footage of a dog being chucked in a sack and beaten until it eventually died. Animal rights activists are now threatening to file charges.
In defense of the scene, film director Alvin Yapan denied that they killed a dog for the sake of the movie. Instead, they had aspired to show a normal event in the province, where people really killed dogs. Moreover, people?had it as a delicacy to pair with beer during drinking sessions. Yapan denied that the actors in the film did the actual killing. He also added that none of the production staff ate from the dog that was killed.
In a report from Rappler, producer Feliz Guerrero said that Oro aims to have the audience ask questions.
?Oro will make you ask about yourself as a viewer, the characters of the film. Oro aspires those changes once you look into yourself,? he said.
Meanwhile, under the Philippine Republic Act 8485 also known as the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, killing of animals is banned from film productions.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is investigating the said incident in the film. PAWS executive director Ana Cabrera said that they are compiling evidence so that they can file a complaint. The animal rights group had requested for the film to be pulled from the cinemas. In addition, there is a request for the awards received to be returned to the Manila Film Festival Committee.
Oro is a film about the 2014 Gata 4 Massacre where four small-scale miners were murdered by a government task force in a province in the Philippines. The film had received three awards during the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival.
"You can edit out all the objectionable scenes but the fact remains a dog was killed and that is not right." – Anna Cabrera PAWS Executive Director
Posted by Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on Monday, January 2, 2017
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