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PETA and American Humane Association clash over animal safety

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Despite PETA and the American Humane Association seemingly fighting on the same side of animal safety, the two non-profit organizations are battling over the use of animals in entertainment.

HBO and the American Humane Association drew criticism over its safety protocols after three horses died during production of the TV show “Luck.” Now, PETA, which opposes any live animals to be used on film or television sets, has “accused AHA of failing to provide adequate oversight to ensure the safety of animals,” according to the LA Times, after receiving ‘whistle-blower’ complaints of improper animal care from the sets of other TV programs and films.

In PETA’s letter submitted to the AHA, PETA claimed that, “In some cases it is alleged that AHA management looked the other way or was even complicit in arranging for the filming of sequences that were potentially dangerous for animals.” In its response, AHA stated the allegations were by “second and third party sources, including a disgruntled AHA employee.

These allegations derive from falsehoods, inaccuracies and deliberately misleading statements.” Is oversight of animals used in entertainment too lax? Are animals pushed too hard during production?


Kathy Guillermo, Senior Vice President of PETA

Paul Raybould, Chief Innovation Officer, Senior Vice President, Humane Hollywood, American Humane Association