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.
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)