Written by Michelle Kretzer
Just a month after HBO canceled Luck
amid protests over the deaths
of three horses,
a whistleblower has released to PETA startling documents alleging abuse far
beyond what anybody had guessed—and much worse than HBO or producers David
Milch and Michael Mann ever admitted. See the full story in The Washington Post.
Among the information
that the whistleblower released was this heartbreaking photograph, which allegedly
shows the body of Marc's Shadow, the 8-year-old arthritic thoroughbred whose
leg fractured when he was being filmed in a racing sequence:
The documents, which are e-mails, notes,
and complaints from the American Humane Association (AHA) representatives on
the set, paint a picture of drugging, deception, and neglect. The following are
among the allegations:
The situation was so dangerous for the
horses on the Luck set, the documents
allege, that AHA-hired humane officers urged AHA executives to recommend the
dismissal of trainer Matt Chew. However, there's no evidence that the AHA acted
on its officers' advice.
PETA has presented this new evidence of
abuse to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and renewed our request for
an independent investigation. We will keep you updated.
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