American Humane, the organization which provides the “No animals were harmed” verification on Hollywood productions, was found to have colluded with studios to cover up major animal abuses on movie sets.

Animals Were Harmed

A Hollywood Reporter investigation reveals disturbing account after account of injury, death and cover-up on huge Hollywood productions from ‘Life of Pi’ to ‘The Hobbit’ as the American Human Association, charged with monitoring, turns a blind eye.

“Last week we almost f–ing killed King in the water tank,” American Humane Association monitor Gina Johnson confided in an email to a colleague on April 7, 2011, about the star tiger in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. While many scenes featuring “Richard Parker,” the Bengal tiger who shares a lifeboat with a boy lost at sea, were created using CGI technology, King, very much a real animal, was employed when the digital version wouldn’t suffice. “This one take with him just went really bad and he got l… Continue Reading (25 minute read)

8 thoughts on “American Humane, the organization which provides the “No animals were harmed” verification on Hollywood productions, was found to have colluded with studios to cover up major animal abuses on movie sets.”

  1. A40

    “You can’t prove in court we knew any animals were harmed in the making of this film”

  2. coreyd0n

    Hollywood and an affiliate of Hollywood performing shady despicable acts for the sake of money? My goodness it just can’t be!

  3. ShrimplesMcGee

    American Humane has had a horrible reputation for a long time. Luckily CGI is getting so good that less real animals are being used.

  4. hmischuk

    I am NOT claiming that anecdotes constitute evidence, nor that one example is an exemplar of the whole organization.

    But I will say that in close proximity we have an AHS and an ASPCA… and they are **WORLDS** apart in terms of cleanliness, care for the animals, healthy environment, etc. There is just no way to describe how bad the one is. Even if the other were just passable, it would seem heavenly by comparison. But is more than just passable.

  5. RCAssimilator

    Ah the UN Human Rights Council paradox.

  6. mayormcskeeze

    Check out Milo and Otis.

    They killed like *dozens* of cats.

    Just hucked em off cliffs to get action shots.

  7. TheGalaxyAndromeda

    Can confirm, was an extra. They killed a horse on the set of Flicka because they were using a nylon rope.

  8. I_might_be_weasel

    “Look, if Shia LeBeouf can’t free throw guinea pigs into a wood chipper, he can’t be in the headspace to give the performance we need.”

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