Jennifer Lawrence has managed to get on PETA's toes. Consequently, the president of the animal rights group has issued a scathing statement to put her back in her place and, at the same time, show her the error of her ways.
In her most recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Lawrence, who can now be seen in the critical and commercial hit “The Hunger Games,” talked a bit about the role that landed her an Oscar nomination, in the 2010 “Winter's Bone.”
In one particular scene, her character is seen gutting a squirrel, and Lawrence revealed that it was actually a real animal she used for it.
“I should say it wasn't real, for PETA. But screw PETA,” were her exact words.
As expected, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is none too happy about this, as they make it very clear in a statement released to Us Weekly.
“She's young and the plight of animals somehow hasn't yet touched her heart. As Henry David Thoreau said, 'The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest',” Ingrid Newkirk, PETA president, says.
Jennifer might act as if all that was for PETA's “sake” but the truth of the matter is that an animal died, the statement goes on to say.
“When people kill animals, it is the animals who are 'screwed,' not PETA, and one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature,” Newkirk says.
However, what PETA is ignoring here, perhaps more or less willingly, is that Jennifer didn't personally kill the squirrel, so she didn't cause the animal any “pain.”
Word online has it that movie producers were going for the real deal in that particular scene so, instead of using props, they bought dead squirrels from a hunter.
Or, as they say, the damage had already been done.