Death Penalty opponent Lars Von Trier who made the powerful film Dancer in the Dark, apparently doesn't extend his mercy to those further down the food chain:
"Maverick Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier will cut scenes of a donkey being butchered from his film about slavery in the U.S. South after protests from animal rights activists who said he killed the animal for entertainment."
Von Trier denied the donkey was killed for entertainment. He said the political and social content of the film, "Manderlay," was so important that it would be unfortunate if it was rejected or ignored because of the donkey.
"My personal feeling is that I acted conscientiously, and I don't suppose we'll ever agree on that."