PETA asks director Tim Burton to change ending of upcoming ‘Dumbo’ movie

Tim Burton will direct a live-action “Dumbo.”
Tim Burton will direct a live-action “Dumbo.” Associated Press

Tim Burton has just been announced as the director of the live-action version of Disney’s “Dumbo.” On the heels of that announcement, PETA is begging Burton to change the movie’s ending.

The iconic 1941 animated film follows the trials and tribulations of baby circus elephant Dumbo, who is mocked and shunned because of his large ears on his way to becoming a famous circus performer.

The new Burton film will update the story using computer technology and live-action.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, PETA wants Burton to show Dumbo retiring to an animal sanctuary at the end of his version.

The request comes just days after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced plans to phase out the use of elephants in its shows.

“We're hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry," PETA executive Lisa Lange wrote Burton in an open letter.

She said that PETA likes the original movie “because it tells the story of the heartbreaking abuse that elephants in circuses endure.”

“Transformers” writer Ehren Kruger wrote the script for the new movie.