AirTalk for November 25, 2013

Hollywood Reporter investigation exposes animals harmed on film sets

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An investigation by the Hollywood Reporter found that animals often sustain injuries on movie sets despite the "No Animals Were Harmed" assertion.

“No animals were harmed during the making of this film.” Those words from the American Humane Association (AHA) are a relief for audiences to see at the end of movies that feature animals. But an investigation by the Hollywood Reporter found that that assertion displayed at the end of films isn’t always true.

According to THR, there are times when “no animals were harmed” means “no animals were harmed intentionally.” The article includes examples of some of the harm done to animals in films which were awarded the “No Animals Were Harmed” credit by the AHA. One example included a tiger on the set of “Life of Pi” that nearly drowned during filming.

It also cites an example of an AHA representative refusing to investigate a case during which more than 20 animals died during the filming of “The Hobbit.” 

What needs to be done to ensure the safety of animals during film production?

Gary Baum, Senior Writer, The Hollywood Reporter

Karen Rosa, Senior Advisor, "No Animals Were Harmed" unit, American Humane Association

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