reports that during the filming of the TV series “Luck
” two horses were badly injured and had to be put down. The deaths have caused concern on the part of the animal rights organization PETA
(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), who state
that safety standards were inadequate on the series, and are weak across the industry. PETA report the incidents as “while filming the show’s pilot, a horse suffered a severe fracture after falling during a race sequence and was euthanized. Another horse was killed while filming a later episode.”
According to the New York Observer
, PETA have also said that their attempts to offer advice to the show’s producers have been rebuked. Quoted in the Daily Telegraph
, Kathy Guillermo, vice-president of PETA said: “Breakdowns don't just happen. They happen every day, obviously, but they don’t happen in the absence of conditions that create them. Horses break down for a reason. Often, it has to do with the condition they're in at the time they're put on the track.”
The producers have countered that they have strictly followed the rules of the American Humane Association
. The AHA have said
that the two animals were killed several months apart and that high standards were in place:
“The extraordinary amount of horse work incorporated in this plotline called for several American Humane Association Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ to ensure that all guidelines were met, including the additional precautions, and all the animal action was monitored.”
The Thoroughbred Times
reports that the incident has forced the normal “No Animals Were Harmed” statement, which normally appears as part of the end credits, to be removed from two episodes of the show.
“Luck”, a new drama series from HBO, features veteran actors Dustin Hoffman (as Chester Bernstein) and Nick Nolte (as Walter Smith). The show is set in the world of horse racing. The show was created by David Milch and directed by Michael Mann. According to the Hollywood Reporter
the show is a success, drawing in over 3 million viewers.
The series is currently running on HBO, and a second season has been commissioned.