That's PETA, Not Peeta

Jennifer Lawrence has made herself a powerful new enemy: Animal rights group PETA. What did she do to raise their ire?

Jennifer Lawrence

You know how in some movies with animals you see a disclaimer at the end of the credits saying that none of those animals were harmed in the production of the film? That pretty much could not be said of Winter's Bone, the 2010 breakout film of actress Jennifer Lawrence.

The Hunger Games star told Rolling Stone that a particularly gross scene in which she skins a squirrel was 100 percent real -- meaning it was a real squirrel, and she really skinned it. And PS? She doesn't care that it was a cruel thing to do.

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"I should say it wasn't real, for PETA," she confessed to the magazine. "But screw PETA." Note: That's PETA, the animal rights group, not Peeta, her Hunger Games protagonist.

That other PETA is not amused. President Ingrid Newkirk told Gothamist, "She’s young and the plight of animals somehow hasn’t yet touched her heart. As Henry David Thoreau said, 'The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest.'"

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"We are told that this squirrel was hit by a car, but when people kill animals, it is the animals who are 'screwed,' not PETA, and one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature," Newkirk said.

Lawrence doesn't hate all animals, though. Canines are spared her hunting knife. When asked by Rolling Stone what her plans are when she wraps her next flick she said she is "thinking about buying a house. And a big dog. And a shotgun."

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Comments on "Jennifer Lawrence hates squirrels & PETA"

Moony April 23, 2012 | 2:21 PM

Yes, its not like Peta didn't kill 97% of the cats and dogs they "saved" last year or were given with the understanding that they would find them homes and instead killed them as soon as the owner was out of sight. 27,000 animals they have killed. Look it up, its public record. And don't let Peta lie to you either. Those animals were not all unadoptable and sickly. Kittens and there mamma were given to them by a vet in perfect health and they killed them with other animals and dumped them in a grocery store dumpster. It's not like Lawrence killed it herself either. The only fans she may loose are the loony's that follow that Peta cult.

Paul April 11, 2012 | 12:51 PM

Lawrence didn't have to be a bloodthirsty about it. If she'd expressed even just a tiny bit of humanity, she might have won fans instead of losing them.

Jules April 11, 2012 | 7:12 AM

C'mon! was for a scene in a film that Lawrence had no control over(and you twits know that). Besides, PETA then toned down their lecture and ended with the comment: "It was just a throwaway remark ie: no big deal." Of course, you guys failed to mention that little item. No matter, have you noticed how much support Lawrence is getting online???. So perhaps you should pass that along to whomever is paying you to write tripe like this. Lawrence is pretty much the biggest actress on the planet and it seems that PETA (an organization that advocates euthanizing animals...oh?, you weren't aware of that little bit of info?...yeah, since 1997..look it up s)came to this understanding and has backed down. Support the ASPCA, be responsible and don't take a comment that was harmless, and had to do with a scene in a film (integral to the film as this was about a family who has to EAT squirrels to stay know, POVERTY STRICKEN!!'s in the novel)out of context.

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