(ANIMAL WELFARE) Further proving the severity of on-set animal abuse, a former American Humane Association (AHA) employee recently released shocking new photos from the sets of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, where 27 animals died on set, and HBO’s horse racing drama, Luck, which was canceled after three horses died during filming. As part of a wrongful termination lawsuit, Barbara Casey alleges that the AHA, HBO, and Stewart Productions all willfully allowed animals to be abused and attempted to cover it up with the “No animals were harmed” message shown at the end of the film. Read on for more details on the graphic new photos (view with discretion at the link below) and sign the petition to help make the AHA disclaimer a reality in Hollywood. — Global Animal
PETA, Michelle Kretzer
HBO and the American Humane Association (AHA) wanted to keep animal injuries and deaths on the set of the show Luck and other productions quiet, but one former AHA staffer is blowing their cover—and saying that animal injuries and deaths on sets happen too frequently. And allegedly, she has the grisly photos to prove it.
Barbara Casey is a former AHA employee who worked on the set of HBO’s now-canceled horseracing drama, Luck. According to the wrongful termination lawsuit that she has filed, Casey was terminated after she balked at her employer’s instructions to ignore animal safety standards in order to save time and money.
Casey is suing the AHA, HBO, and the show’s production company, Stewart Productions, alleging that they all willfully allowed horses to be abused and attempted to cover it up. HBO tried to get itself released from the lawsuit, but it was about as lucky as the horses on set. Casey’s lawsuit states that the companies’ negligence led to the deaths of four horses—one more than previously reported.
Casey’s complaint describes several other disturbing instances in which the AHA’s lack of concern for animal welfare led to horrific injuries and even deaths. Twenty-seven animals were killed during the making of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but the AHA still slapped a familiar message at the end of the film: “American Humane monitored all of the significant animal action. No animals were harmed during such action.”