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Casey Affleck to Voice Animatronic Bear in PETA Protest

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    Actor Casey Affleck poses in the press room at the 89th annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California.

    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 the Ethical Treatment of Animals will bring a 7-foot-tall animatronic bear with Affleck's voice to the Agriculture Department in Washington on Tuesday.

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

    Affleck says 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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