Hollywood responds to animal cruelty claims

The Hollywood Reporter is blowing the whistle on what they’re calling one of the industry’s deep, dark secrets.

They say the movie disclaimer that no animals were harmed isn’t necessarily true.

They say that despite the american humane association’s guarantee, many animals have been injured or even died on movie sets.

You’ve seen this disclaimer hundreds of times before–

Now, a shocking report by “The Hollywood Reporter” alleges that the american humane association trademark accreditation isn’t always credible.

Take “life of pi’s” tiger — king — for example–

Despite his prowess and digital twin — the publication says king nearly drowned while shooting ocean scenes after becoming disoriented.

In an internal email obtained by “the hollywood reporter,” an a-h-a monitor on the set said: “… last week we almost [f---ing] killed King in the water tank.”

“This is to me one of the dirty dark secrets of Hollywood by not reporting these incidents, by deciding on their own that they can deal with it internally and not bringing it to law enforcement, they’re complicit in this.”

The AHA responded, telling CNN: “The email of the employee in question led to an internal investigation and there was no evidence of any harm to the tiger as determined after multiple inquiries. She is no longer employed by the Association.”

The movie studio disputed the claim that the tiger nearly drowned saying: “we take on-set safety very seriously.”

Animal rights groups, however, say this is a problem that has plagued the movie industry for years–

In 2012, while the stars of “the hobbit” walked the red carpet … spectators lined the streets … not to cheer– but to protest:

“The Hobbit was monitored by the AHA and that goes to show even when these films that use animals are being monitored, tragic deaths and injuries do still occur.”

But “hobbit” director, Peter Jackson, says their disclaimer holds true–

“Over half the animals in this film were computer-generated and there was no abuse or mistreatment of animals on this film.”

And on h-b-o’s t-v series “luck”– charges of animal cruelty … even though the a-h-a was present on set. the production was eventually cancelled in 2012 after three horses died.

HBO, owned by c-n-n’s parent company Time Warner, released this statement saying: “While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future.”

The AHA released a lengthy statement in response to “the hollywood reporter” saying in part: “the article paints a picture that is completely unrecognizable to us or anyone who knows american humane association’s work.

Far from allowing abuse or neglect to occur, we have a remarkably high safety record of 99.98 percent on set.”

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