Italian animal rights group call for director's arrest over bull slaughter scene
Italy's entry for the Best Foreign Film prize at the 2010 Oscars is at the centre of a new animal cruelty controversy.
Officials at the country's National Association for Animal Protection (ENPA) are calling for censors to pull Giuseppe Tornatore's film Baaria from cinemas over a gruesome bull slaughter scene.
ENPA leader Carla Rocchi has filed a complaint calling the scene, in which a bull has its throat slit while still alive, "senseless cruelty."
The animal rights group officials also suggest the filmmaker should be prosecuted.
At the recent Venice Film Festival, where the movie premiered, Cinema Paradiso director Tornatore revealed the bull scene was shot in a slaughterhouse in Tunisia with a real animal.
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