|Three horses did in TV series “Luck”
They reference this letter below written by PETA legal counsel. They review the necropsy reports of the dead horses. They suffered horrific injuries that could have been prevented. The horses were not healthy, were not in good enough shape to run and were over run. Their leg bones exploded from their injuries. The lawyer quotes horse racing experts and veterinarians while they demand that the District Attorney charge the people with animal cruelty. http://www.radaronline.com/sites/radaronline.com/files/PETA-Letter-to-Pasadena-HS-RE-Horses-on-Luck-set.pdf
They said the same about the dead horses in the movie Flicka. I wrote an article about the dead horses in the movie Flicka. Again, AHA oversaw this production. They were at fault for the death of those horses.
I worked for American Humane Association for a short time. We were told that animals were not allowed to perform if they are taking medication. They also must be healthy enough to perform. They cannot be overworked. Clearly AHA broke all of their own rules as per the PETA letter and necropsy results yet they have the nerve to say they did nothing wrong.
There have been way too many “accidents” on AHA supervised productions. They are not independent or unbiased. They are paid by the production companies and Screen Actor’s Guild. I can tell you from experience if an AHA agent tells a producer that they won’t allow a certain scene because it’s too dangerous for the animal, the producer just goes to the boss who over rules the decision.
We need to make American Humane Association more independent and accountable. I’ll update this note later with an action plan. For starters I think both the animal handler, vet on site and AHA should be prosecuted for animal cruelty. This really has to stop. In the meantime at least share this information.
CA DFG permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator
Rio Hondo Police Academy
State Humane Association of California
Animal Law Enforcement Academy
HSUS NDART, USDA
IWRC, NWRA, CCWR
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.