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Adrien Brody Narrates New PETA Video

By Chavie Lieber

Academy Award winning actor Adrien Brody is the voice of a new PETA video ad, narrating a PSA that walks viewers through the life of apes that are used for entertainment purposes.

Brody teamed up with PETA to make the film to promote the cease of using animals in film production.

“The Great Ape; he’s been forced to perform on television and in motion pictures for decades. Stolen from his mother at birth, beaten and abused behind the scenes, he’ll end up discarded in a roadside zoo,” the Jewish “Pianist” actor says in the PSA.

The ape in the ad is a computer-generated image, and the CGI is so amazing, its easy to mistaken it for a real animal— perhaps the point PETA is trying to make. And never one to shy away from controversy, PETA ends the video with the ape holding a gun, ready to end his life.

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Brigitte Bardot Wants Russian Passport, Too

By Reuters

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Former French screen goddess Brigitte Bardot on Friday threatened to follow Gerard Depardieu in asking for a Russian passport, in protest not at tax hikes, but at the treatment of two circus elephants.

The animals, named Baby and Nepal and owned by a touring circus, are thought to be carrying tuberculosis and were ordered to be put down by a court in Lyon, southern France, on Friday as a precautionary measure.

Bardot’s threat comes a day after fellow actor Depardieu caused a storm in France by becoming a Russian citizen in protest at high tax rates proposed by the Socialist government, which he accuses of penalising success.

“If those in power are cowardly and impudent enough to kill the elephants… then I have decided I will ask for Russian nationality to get out of this country which has become nothing more than an animal cemetery,” Bardot said in a statement.

Owners Cirque Pinder also said on Friday they would appeal to save the elephants, which first tested positive for tuberculosis in 2010 but have since been kept in a zoo in Lyon away from the general public.

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