PETA has gone on the offensive against HBO series Luck after several horses died on the shows set. According to the animal rights group the shows producers allowed for “sloppy oversight” which led to the horses’ death.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals went after HBO and Luck on Tuesday after a third horse died on the set of the show. A rep tells TMZ:
“All the evidence we have gathered points to sloppy oversight, the use of unfit, injured horses, and disregard for the treatment of race horses.”
Following the death of the first two horses PETA sent a letter to L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley asking that his department investigate the deaths, although no immediate action was taken at that time.
HBO in the meantime has fired back at PETA, following the death of horse No. 3 series producers revealed:
“An American Humane Association Certified Safety Representative was on the premises when the accident occurred, and as always, all safety precautions were in place.”
As expected PETA has taken the most drastic measure possible, stating:
“We will want answers on HBO’s latest casualty. Filming must stop now.”
The most recent horse appeared to have died from a freak accident in which it reared back when being removed from its stall, then fell backwards and hit its head on the ground, breaking its neck. After the accident the horse was euthanized.
Do you think HBO should stop filming on the Luck series until a full audit of the shows animal safety practices is completed?