We've all seen the line: “No animals were harmed in the making of this film”. But according to the Hollywood Reporter, the association responsible for approving its use within movies is blatantly ignoring the truth.
Journalists from the magazine The Hollywood Reporter intercepted emails exchanged between people from the American Humane Association (AHA), who are supposed to verify that animals are well treated during filming.
The magazine sites an email sent by a representative during the filming of The Life of Pi, a film where a tiger plays a big role. The email reads: “This one take with him just went really bad and he got lost trying to swim to the side”, Johnson wrote. “Damn near drowned. I think this goes without saying but DON’T MENTION IT TO ANYONE ESPECIALLY THE OFFICE!” However this film received the label, ensuring that no animals were harmed during filming.
The investigation also mentions The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Peter Jackson. During filming, no fewer than 27 animals died. In Pirates of the Caribbean, dozens of fish were killed by an underwater explosion during filming. During the filming of Eight Below, a husky was beaten repeatedly.
These cases of animal abuse have not prevented the association form giving their label of approval. Why would an association, who are supposed to protect animals, act this way? The Hollywood Reporter explains that the AHA is mainly funded by the film industry. Unfortunately, the AHA has become an accomplice of animal abuse!
The association however denied the allegations. They recognise that some animals have died, but it was not under their watch and responsibility.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter