Pixar recently released new promos for Toy Story 4 focusing on returning character Bo Peep, who has received a modern redesign, but animal rights group PETA has a suggestion for one additional update to the character.
Bo Peep will re-enter the franchise sporting a brand new look and more empowered attitude, but the new promos show she will still be carrying her shepherd's crook. In a press release, PETA said it sent a letter to director Josh Cooley encouraging him "to complete the character's transformation by retiring her crook -- a tool historically used to hook lambs by the legs and neck in the wool industry..."
PETA goes on to detail the cruelty of the wool industry. It says that because sheerers tend to be paid by the volume of wool they sheer, not the hour, sheerers work quickly, which leads to injuries to the sheep being sheered.
According to Lauren Thomasson, the organization's Manager of Animals in Film and Television, "A 'badass' Bo Peep would likely bop the sheerer, not the sheep." She adds, "[A] symbol of domination over any animal is a thing of the past and not something that belongs in Toy Story 4."
Cooley has not yet responded to the request, though it's unclear how difficult it would be to remove Bo Peep's crook given animation for the film is already in progress.
Directed by Josh Cooley, Toy Story 4 stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Keanu Reeves, Annie Potts, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, Blake Clark, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Tony Hale. The film opens on June 21.