Pirates of the Caribbean star Kaya Scodelario is the latest film actor to come under fire from PETA.
Campaigners targeted her after she recounted a story about a monkey on the set of the new movie Salazar’s Revenge.
It represents the group’s continued policy to jump on celebrities in order to gain cheap publicity for its aims.
Scodelario told how a capuchin monkey was constantly being sick during scenes.
The British actress said she found the tiny creature’s vomiting “hilarious” and PETA pounced claiming the animal should never have been used.
Speaking about life on set, Kaya, who plays orphan Carina Smyth, said: “The most memorable cast member was the monkey because he threw up all the time.“He had a very iny stomach and when we were filming on the boat he would just projectile vomit in the middle of scenes, which I found hilarious.”
Film makers Disney have rebuffed Peta’s criticism and defended the actress by pointing out the animal welfare organisation American Humane Association were part of the production.
A PETA spokesman said: “Early on, PETA called on the film’s producers to use computer-generated imagery instead of intelligent and highly social capuchins, whose complex physical and psychological needs cannot be met on any film set or training compound.“Hollywood must learn the lesson that there’s simply no safe or humane way to force a wild animal to perform in a movie.”
The £180million film is the latest in the hugely successful Disney franchise.