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Animal rights activists support new Planet of the Apes film

Supporters of animal rights gave three cheers for Rise of the Planet of the Apes recently, applauding the filmmakers for using computer-generated imagery (CGI) to create the apes on screen instead of using real animals.

PETA commended director Rupert Wyatt for choosing not to use real apes, and also for taking an animal-rights tone on the storyline, according to its website. Wyatt told the news source that the plot of the movie is about humanity's mistreatment of captive apes, where humans are the enemy and apes are the heroes. To use real apes would be to undercut that message, he said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, many recent movies, such as Water for Elephants and The Hangover Part II have been criticized by activists who say the animal stars have not been treated properly on and off-set. Many are concerned not only by how they are treated on-set, but also how they are trained off-set and their living conditions during the filming process.

The nonprofit American Humane Association monitors the treatment of animals used in entertainment and is tracking 2,000 productions this year, according to the news source. 
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