Anyone else upset by animal torture in movies? Vent/Need hugs. :-/

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Anyone else upset by animal torture in movies? Vent/Need hugs. :-/

bayosgirl bayosgirl
Ok, I've seen that there are a fair number of animal lovers on Eden, so maybe I'll get a better response than my husband's "It's just a movie." :-( I was watching a movie called Drag Me to Hell on the SyFy channel, enjoying it actually, until a scene where a psychic tells the main character, who's possessed by an evil spirit, that she should sacrifice an animal to it (the spirit.) The scene then cuts to her playing with her kitten..at which point I sensed what was up, and changed the channel. A quick search online revealed I was right: she does murder the kitten-it's implied, not shown, but still. I'm upset because this kind of...garbage could inspire sick people to torture animals. And I don't understand why it has to be included in movies. ...Ok, yes, rape and murder are portrayed in movies for the sake of realism even though most people would agree that both are wrong, and I'm not a fan of seeing that either, but somehow animal cruelty strikes a greater nerve with me. *sigh* I need to put it out of my mind..
02/24/2012
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MamaDivine MamaDivine
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Originally posted by bayosgirl
Ok, I've seen that there are a fair number of animal lovers on Eden, so maybe I'll get a better response than my husband's "It's just a movie." :-( I was watching a movie called Drag Me to Hell on the SyFy channel, enjoying ...
I know that some will say "Its just a movie" but I have a thing against the animal cruelty or the infant/baby/child cruelty. I watch a lot of CSI or SVU.....in which there is a child the victim of rape, molestation, abuse, etc. Even though I know its "just a show/movie"...I hate watching it. Because it makes you wonder "If someone had these sick and twisted thoughts in their head, enough to write a movie/show about it...What kind of R/L freaks are actually DOING this sort of thing!?"

As for the animal abuse....it really upsets me too. I have been an avid dog lover and owner all my life, (along with many other animals) and I just hate to see anything portrayed in that manner :
02/24/2012
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
My boyfriend makes fun of me because I can watch the most hardcore of torture/rape/mutilatio n/murder in movies/tv but as soon as a hint of animal cruelty happens, I freak out/cry. It sickens me.
02/24/2012
GONE! GONE!
I don't like it either. It seems like a cheap, pointless way to try and shock the audience and it upsets people. Unless it really ties into the story I don't really want to see stuff like that. At the same time, I'm a huge fan of horror movies so I have a high tolerance for watching other stuff.
02/24/2012
Chirple Chirple
I don't mind it in "fake" movies. It might bother me depending on what it is, but very few things in movies I know are "fake" can really get under my skin.

I'm not afraid of imagination. I can imagine a lot of things - it doesn't mean I'm sick, just that I can put my mind to a creative task if I want to.

I used to draw a lot of rather graphic/sexual art. Art should be allowed freedom as much as anything else. If we were to say, "someone might get bad ideas from this" then there would never be any more art at all.


Huge problem with people actually torturing animals and filming it, though and it fills me with rage. Sadly, though, people have been doing such things since before "moving pictures" were a thing at all - and at likely higher rates and more accepted with a "boys will be boys" shrug by others.
02/24/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
It upsets me somewhat, but in most movies made today the animals are in no real danger. Keeping that in mind makes it easier for me to endure it. It's not so much a mentality of "it's just a movie," since if it was movies wouldn't be worth watching, but there's still a line between the film and reality that I can see.

Besides, it doesn't make sense to feel that it should be censored if cruelty and violence towards humans is even more common in movies. If we're going to worry about what people will be "inspired" to do, then creative expression would have to be killed off entirely. People should be held accountable for their own actions, and blame should not be placed upon what anyone watches or reads.

Watching something like Animal Cops, on the other hand, where the effects of cruelty on the animals is very real... that can be very hard to see, and once or twice I had to turn it off.
02/24/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
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Originally posted by bayosgirl
Ok, I've seen that there are a fair number of animal lovers on Eden, so maybe I'll get a better response than my husband's "It's just a movie." :-( I was watching a movie called Drag Me to Hell on the SyFy channel, enjoying ...
...That part made me angry, I loved Drag Me to Hell but that poor little kitten didn't deserve that.
It may just be cinema but it's still hard for me to watch. ='<
02/24/2012
Iron Man Iron Man
I didn't particularly enjoy that scene either. I had to look elsewhere/mute it during, but there's always disclaimers at the end that says no animal was harmed in the making of the film, so I gain some comfort from that. The kitty is probably living a posh life, now, as with other animals who 'act', so I try not to fret.
02/24/2012
hyacinthgirl hyacinthgirl
I haven't seen the movie, but I've heard that it's supposed to be a symbolic representation of eating disorders. Probably included the kitten bit for the destruction of innocence.

As for me, I don't like watching torture onscreen at any point, though I do find it interesting in one way. I watched 'Call of the Wild' in class. When one dog died, the class was in tears. Three people die at once, and no one bats an eye.
02/24/2012
Graniteal Graniteal
I hate it. I feel protective over animals, even if I know it is a movie.
02/24/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
I was watching a "Best Of..." type of clip show on the Travel Channel a few weeks ago, and they showed a clip of Andrew Zimmerman from the Bizarre Foods show when he went to see a witch doctor in... some country that I've forgotten. Anyway, in addition to all kinds of rituals, he said that the witch doctor "beat his body with a guinea pig until it expired" as a way to get rid of "evil spirits." I was pretty surprised and offended that Travel Channel would air that. They show a lot of people hunting for food, but killing a small animal by beating it against a human? Beyond fucked up.
02/24/2012
JessCee JessCee
I've never felt particularly bothered by it. I'd never abuse an animal myself though.

I saw that episode with Andrew Zimmerman, I didn't really care about that either... if that's what they've practiced for the last 2,000 years, who am I to judge? To them, it's an important ritual, and just because it's not the norm for me, doesn't mean its "wrong" for them to do... but that's just my feelings on it.
02/24/2012
Miss Nessa Miss Nessa
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Originally posted by bayosgirl
Ok, I've seen that there are a fair number of animal lovers on Eden, so maybe I'll get a better response than my husband's "It's just a movie." :-( I was watching a movie called Drag Me to Hell on the SyFy channel, enjoying ...
When i see things like that in movies, I always think to myself it's just a movie, but my heart doesn't see it that way. I can't seem to watch anything about animal abuse. I have a soft spot for animals.

Me and my boyfriend went to the movies to see "Rise of the panet of the apes". Don't get me wrong, it was an amazing movie. But, I found myself crying during it. There was some serious animal abuse, at least it was to me. At one point in the movies, I busted out crying and yelling at my boyfriend "why are we even watching this?". My heart was really hurting. We didn't leave the movies, and I'm partly glad we didn't because it had an amazing turn around.

Whenever I talk to people about the movie. The first thing I tell people is that, if you cry easy over animal abuse, then I would becareful watching it. I know this may seem crazy, but sometimes I think to myself that I'd rather see a person get hurt over an animal. Some people may not feel this way, but I personally do.
02/24/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
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Originally posted by Crystal1
I was watching a "Best Of..." type of clip show on the Travel Channel a few weeks ago, and they showed a clip of Andrew Zimmerman from the Bizarre Foods show when he went to see a witch doctor in... some country that I've forgotten. ...
There are hundreds of the thousands of animals slaughtered in the US alone, and we justify it by claiming that these animals are killed for human consumption. It's disturbing, but if you go to your local beef farm, you'll see cows fed corn (they should be fed grain) and sometimes pumped with hormones and then killed when deemed appropriate. I justify that as animal abuse, but it's OK in our culture for whatever reason. And every culture differs; what may be okay for African tribe may not tolerated in a Native American tribe. Though it may deemed as abusive in our culture, it's important to try to understand as to why a culture does what they do.

Religion is tricky too; there are still religions around the world that practice animal sacrifice to ward off bad spirits, and though we may not agree with it, it's also important that religion is very sacred and personal thing for many, many people. Sacrificing an animal to gain glory, insight, enlightenment, whatever can be a justifiable motive.

I don't get that perturbed by animal violence in movies because I know the animals on screen are being taken of and they're not being abused at all. I do get disturbed when I see animal cop shows, so I don't watch them. Instead, I just give money to organizations like the ASPCA so they can take care those that they've rescued.

I don't like human violence and rape on camera because it triggers memories that I have of violence in my past. I also feel like it's celebrated on a lot of modern film, and I don't see how that's beneficial to our culture at all.
02/24/2012
Sammi Sammi
It's only bothered me a bit in one movie, since it was real and not staged/fake.
02/24/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
It upsets me somewhat, but in most movies made today the animals are in no real danger. Keeping that in mind makes it easier for me to endure it. It's not so much a mentality of "it's just a movie," since if it was movies ...
Oh, me, too. I've cried during Animal Cops. But seeing the abusers get the punishment they deserve is so gratifying.
02/25/2012
sweetcuppincakes sweetcuppincakes
Animal abuse is really difficult to see, whether it's in real life or 'just' in a movie/tv show.
02/25/2012
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