PETA calls for investigation into animal treatment in ‘Jackass Forever’

Ehren “Danger Ehren” McGhehey performs the “Spider Helmet” stunt from Jackass Forever. The film was called out by PETA for alleged inappropriate treatment of animals.
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PETA regularly criticizes movies and TV for alleged animal welfare issues and now they’re doing the same with Fooled forever.

As reported by TMZ earlier today, the group is asking California prosecutors to review those involved in the production for possible criminal charges. Paramount Pictures’ offering — which is receiving a surprising number of accolades — features a spider, a turtle, a snake, and a bull in situations that the organization says caused immense damage to the creatures.

“A spider was ‘triggered’ into biting an actor’s chest,” read the report of their concern. “A turtle [was] harassed and pushed to bite the testicles of an actor and a snake [was] ‘harangued and provoked’ into biting someone’s nose.

The group raised similar concerns ahead of the film’s September 2021 release and had previously demanded that scenes with animals be removed from the final version. That didn’t happen and PETA thinks the group could go to jail, though they’re okay with their other stunts and otherwise ridiculous behavior.

“If Steve-O and Johnny Knoxville want a career in little boy fantasies, they deserve it,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. TMZ. “As long as they don’t stress, hurt or disturb the animals used as props.”

Knoxville and the production team have not responded to the allegations raised at the time of this story’s filing. In addition to PETA’s claims, Steve-O and Chris Pontius are being sued for a 2018 stunt that appears to have involved a jet ski, is an ongoing case, and allegedly caused serious head injuries to Michael Vicens-Segure.

Boyd S. Abbott