Target: American Humane Association President Robin Ganzert
Goal: Urge the American Humane Association (AHA) to tighten its rules concerning animal use in films
While the phrase at the end of a film, “No animals were harmed in the making of this film,” is often a comfort to viewers, it turns out it might not be as true as we would like it to be. The American Humane Association (AHA) has softened towards the movie industry in recent years, bringing into question the true treatment of animals on a movie set. Recently, six anonymous AHA employees reported concern that the safety of the animals was no longer a primary concern on-set. Sign this petition and further protect animals acting in movies.
There have been injuries and deaths on sets of popular movies like Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and There Will Be Blood. While these movies did well at the box office and passed AHA inspection, the anonymous employees tell a different story. They claim that negative incidents involving animals are downplayed because of the AHA’s relationship with Hollywood. The tiger used in non-animation scenes in Life of Pi nearly drowned, and the employee who reported it stated she was supposed to make it seem like it was a minor incident. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, roughly 27 sheep and goats died from dehydration or drowning at the New Zealand farm used during filming. Several horses died of colic—commonly brought on by heatstroke—days after an anonymous report to AHA claimed the animals were not getting enough water in the hot, dusty climate of There Will Be Blood.
These incidents are disturbing, and unfortunately are just a few of the ones reported by the six employees. What is even harder to consider is that AHA is partially funded by the movie industry. It is very difficult to have a firm regulator to enforce rules about animal care when the animals are on the set of a film that will help fund the regulator. It is an unfortunate cycle but it should not come at the cost of animal safety.
Sign this petition and tell the American Humane Association President Robin Ganzert that animals in movies need more protection than what they are currently receiving. A movie should only display the phrase, “No animals were harmed in the making of this film,” if that is a true statement. A good movie should not come at the price of the life of an animal.
Dear President Ganzert,
I recently heard about the six American Humane Association employees to report the injustice of animal treatment on film sets today. It is also difficult to hear that movies are receiving the credit line that “No animals were harmed in the making of this film,” when there were animals injured or even killed. Please alter these regulations and ensure that movies can only display this line when it is true.
The employees exposed the true story of what has happened on the set of recent, popular movies: the near drowning of a tiger, the death of almost 30 sheep and goats, and the death by dehydration of horses not properly cared for in a hot climate. These animals needed protection, as the filmmakers are not trained caretakers. That protection is supposed to come from AHA.
Please change the way things are being done between the film industry and AHA. Movies should only be allowed to display that phrase when it is true, and animals deserve better treatment and care when used on set.
[Your Name Here]
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