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Animal Rights

Jennifer Lawrence Slams PETA

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In recent interview with Rolling Stone, 'The Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence slammed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) over an incident in her Oscar-nominated role in the 2010 film 'Winter's Bone.'

Lawrence said that she gutted a squirrel for real in the movie, ripping the fur from its flesh: "I should say it wasn't real, for PETA. But screw PETA."

PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told the Gothamist in a statement: "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.'"

"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."

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