Horse handler, veterinarian, American Humane Association to blame for dead horses in TV series "Luck"

Three horses did in TV series “Luck”
I just read this Forbes article about the dead horses in the TV series “Luck.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2012/03/16/luck-ran-old-unfit-drugged-horses-says-necropsy-report

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

American Humane Association and “Luck” production staff said they did nothing wrong in this article. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/more/03/14/hbo.cancels.luck.ap/index.html
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. 

Here is the actual report from the City of Los Angeles about the dead horses in the movie Flicka.http://www.animaladvocates.us/Flicka_Incident.pdf

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.

Mary Cummins
Animal Advocates
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.

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About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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2 Responses to Horse handler, veterinarian, American Humane Association to blame for dead horses in TV series "Luck"

  1. C.B. says:

    It's a shame that AHA is not standing up for animals when that's precisely what they are hired to do. A film production is not an excuse for cruelty and abuse. Even people in the racing world are decrying what happened.

  2. Anonymous says:

    American Humane Associaton is corrupt. The reps are hardly ever on set. When a rep does have problems on set the producers still get an end credit. They are a joke.

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