Shared from the 2017-03-08 Chattanooga eEdition

Casey Affleck will voice animatronic bear in protest


Casey Affleck

WASHINGTON — Fresh off his Oscar for “Manchester by the Sea,” actor Casey Affleck will be lending his voice to a protest intended to call attention to mistreatment of bears.

People for t h e Et h i c a l Tre at m e n t of A n i m a l s will bring a 7-foot-tall animatronic bear with Affleck’s voice to the A g r i c u l t u re Department in Washington next Tuesday.

The stunt is meant to highlight the treatment of captive bears in zoos and circus-style shows. PETA said the Agriculture Department should follow through on a promise to expand protections for bears under the Animal Welfare Act.

Affleck said in a statement that bears shouldn’t be used for “cruel tourist traps.”

Affleck won the Academy Award for best actor last month.

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