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Published On: Tue, Feb 5th, 2019

PETA attacks ‘Toy Story 4’: calls for Bo Peep to lose the ‘outdated and cruel crook’

Just as the Super Bowl wrapped up, PETA lept to the headlines by attacking the latest Pixar film: Toy Story 4.

It seems the new film will see the return of Bo Peep, sporting a new look and her signature shepherd’s crook, something the animal rights extremists take issue with.

Laura Thomasson, PETA’s Manager of Animals in Film and Television, recently published a statement directed toward Toy Story 4 film director Josh Cooley urging him to remove Bo Peep’s trademark accessory from the upcoming movie.

Here’s what Thomasson had to say in PETA’s recent letter to Cooley:

Given that she was designed to have a “modern” look, why hasn’t she “lost” that outdated and cruel crook? You may not know that these “shepherd’s crooks,” are used solely to hook a sheep’s neck and force these gentle animals to move. That isn’t something that a progressive Bo Peep would countenance in 2019! A “badass” Bo Peep would likely bop the shearers, not the sheep…Surely you can agree that a symbol of domination over any animal is a thing of the past and not something that belongs in Toy Story 4. Won’t you please consider removing Bo Peep’s crook from the final animation?

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The full PETA letter below.

PETA’S FULL LETTER:

Dear Mr. Cooley,

Greetings from PETA! Many of our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide have loved the Toy Story franchise since its inception. Being the first fully computer-generated feature film, it paved the way for computer animation and digital technologies to replace wild animals who would otherwise be exploited for the big screen.

I’m contacting you today about Bo Peep’s new look. Given that she was designed to have a “modern” look, why hasn’t she “lost” that outdated and cruel crook? You may not know that these “shepherd’s crooks,” are used solely to hook a sheep’s neck and force these gentle animals to move. That isn’t something that a progressive Bo Peep would countenance in 2019! A “badass” Bo Peep would likely bop the shearers, not the sheep.

At PETA, we’re working hard to change the way in which people regard and treat animals, including sheep. Our exposés are heartbreaking and show that sheep are routinely punched, kicked, dragged, and stomped on when they’re shorn by workers who are paid to work quickly and remove a lot of wool in a short amount of time, as you can see here. Surely you can agree that a symbol of domination over any animal is a thing of the past and not something that belongs in Toy Story 4. Won’t you please consider removing Bo Peep’s crook from the final animation?

We know that kind people everywhere would sing your praises—and Bo Peep’s, too—with this change. Thanks so much for your consideration. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Best regards,

Lauren Thomasson

Manager, Animals in Film and Television

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

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