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Beverly Hills News – Paley to Host Arcus Forum: Acting Against Their Wills, Focusing on Animals in Film

Marc Beckoff, Ph.D

Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – 3:25 PM

The Paley Center hosts the Arcus Foundation Wednesday evening to explore the treatment of animals in film. 

Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 7 pm. with Q & A discussion at 7:30 and a reception to follow. 

Acting Against Their Wills is an Arcus Forum that will bring together a panel of leading experts and advocates to explore the range of experiences animals may encounter while entertaining an audience.

Ever since Hollywood’s inception, animals in entertainment such as Chippy the Chimp, Flipper, Kokomo Jr., Lassie, and Mister Ed, among others, have captivated the hearts and minds of millions. But what happens to these adored animal actors after the curtains are closed and the cameras stop rolling?

The Arcus Forum will shed light on this practice and the effects on the very animals loved by audiences worldwide. The panel will also explore the promising alternatives to include portrayals of animals in entertainment without compromising their well-being.

Featured speakers include Mark Bekoff, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.He is the co-founder, with Jane Goodall, of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a former Guggenheim fellow.; Stephen Ross, Ph.D. director, Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo; and Stephen Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project and professor of Animal Rights Jurisprudence at several leading universities.

The Arcus Foundation Board of Directors and staff are a diverse group, reflecting the diversity inherent in the world our work is shaping. Based in New York, US and Cambridge, UK, we work globally to support our partners in their pursuit of lasting change. Our mission is driven by the vision of our founder, and by our shared commitment to the emergent global human rights and conservation movements. Together, we learn from each other and take bold risks on groundbreaking ideas that drive progress toward a future of respect and dignity for all.

The Arcus Foundation Forum: Acting Against Their Wills, is Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. RSVP at

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