For the third time in two years, a horse was injured and later euthanized during production of the HBO racetrack drama “Luck.” As a result, the series has suspended any filming involving horses.
The most recent incident happened on Tuesday (March 13) according to the Associated Press. It is then that the horse, while being led to its stable at Santa Anita Park, reared and fell. The horse suffered a head injury and was later euthanized.
The American Humane Association, the organization that monitors animal welfare in film and TV productions, demanded “that all production involving horses shut down.” They are also “insisting that this stoppage remain in full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation.”
HBO said it was “deeply saddened” by the accident. But this wasn’t enough for PETA, which called on filming to stop entirely.
In a statement, PETA vice president Kathy Guillermo says, “Racing itself is dangerous enough. This is a fictional representation of something and horses are still dying, and that to me is outrageous.”
“Three horses have now died and all the evidence we have gathered points to sloppy oversight, the use of unfit, injured horses, and disregard for the treatment of thoroughbreds,” Guillermo adds. “We will want answers on HBO’s latest casualty. Filming must stop now.”