The Walking Dead Refuses to Use Live Tiger on Show, Wins PETA Award [VIDEO]
For fans of the hit TV series The Walking Dead, there is now even more reason to celebrate the zombie-centric show. In the upcoming seventh season, a fan-favorite character from the comic books–Shiva the tiger–will be featured, but without any cruelty to animals.
How? Series creator Robert Kirkman has confirmed that Shiva will be brought to life via CGI and animatronics, and has noted the decision was made for a variety of reasons–including animal welfare. CinemaBlend quotes Kirkman during a press conference:
“I was asking Scott [Gimple], ‘How are we doing this thing?’ He pointed out that it’s not very humane to have a live tiger on set. And it’s also very dangerous for the actors…So I was like, ‘Great, no real tiger, I can still come to set! That sounds awesome.’ Because I would not have gone to set if there had been a tiger anywhere near the set. So there’s no real tiger involved. It’s all magic.”
The show continues to impress fans with its trail-blazing themes and performances, and being able to stay true to the comics while refusing to endanger the lives of animals and humans is just further proof of the creative and innovative minds behind the series. The “magic” behind Shiva has been acknowledged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who awarded the show for their cutting-edge technology with an Innovation in Television Award found below:
The seventh season of The Walking Dead is set for October 23 at 9pm on AMC, and for a glimpse of what is to come–as well as of Shiva the tiger, you can view the trailer below:
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