PETA is celebrating director Jon Favreau for using CGI instead of real animals in his upcoming remake of “The Lion King”.
On Wednesday, the animal rights organization announced that they are sponsoring a rescued lion in Favreau’s name.
The lion Louie was taken from his mother as a cub and made to perform in film and TV productions. He is now living happily at the Lions Tigers & Bears sanctuary in California.
“Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ brings to life compelling characters such as Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon, without exploiting a single live animal,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. said in a statement. “In Mufasa’s name, PETA urges Disney to help prevent real lions like Louie from suffering by pledging to follow this movie’s direction and never allow big cats on a Disney set.”
“The Lion King”, which features the voices of Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and more, hits theatres July 19.