My adult son has probably seen tens of thousands of violent deaths of humans through movies and TV. For entertainment if shit doesn’t blow up, he thinks he’s wasting time. But if a dog dies or even gets hurt he is a pool of putty.
I can relate and so can many of you. Old Yeller Syndrome seems to affect dog lovers more than anyone.
Some of you may be new readers and don’t know about a great website called Movies where the dog dies.
It has a database of what seems like every movie ever made. You can type in a movie title and it takes you where you can find out with little dog faces that indicate:
- No pets die
- A pet is injured or appears dead but ultimately lives
- A pet dies
They don't cover just domestic animals. On Dances with Wolves they point out that the friendly wolf and a horse are shot (by the incredibly evil white men of course). It seems in the movies a person isn't truly wicked until they kill an animal.
On a related note if we can have fake news and fake photos, why not fake video footage?
Recently an independent, third-party investigation found that the viral video of the mistreatment of a dog from A Dog's Purpose had been edited to mischaracterize what happened... the video “was deliberately edited for the purpose of misleading the public and stoking outrage.” Read the rest here.
When PETA and certain animal rights groups get involved, ethics and truth often go by the wayside.