‘Break a Leg’: How Hollywood Hurts Horses

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

After PETA just filed formal complaints about horse abuse and neglect on the set of the HBO show Luck, we’ve placed this graphic ad in the Los Angeles Times:

Image:(c) iStockphoto.com/Eric Isselee

Like all other animals, horses don’t want to be “actors,” and they are often subjected to stressful and dangerous situations during the production of films, ads, and TV shows. The American Humane Association (AHA), the organization responsible for overseeing how animals are cared for on the set, is funded by the Screen Actors Guild—part of the same industry that it monitors. The AHA rarely, if ever, files formal complaints when animals are abused.

We hope our ad encourages producers and directors to protect horses by calling, “Cut!” on using them in films and television.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind