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Action Alerts Fatal Film: 2 Dead Horses On Flicka Set
Fatal Film: 2 Dead Horses On Flicka Set
SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
My Dead Flicka
Boycott Flicka – FOX Films Kills Horses
Fox 2000 Pictures is a division of Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment. The Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary is the film and television production and home entertainment arm of the News Corp. media empire. The company produces all genres of films through four main studios (Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation) http://www.newscorp.com/management/index.html
Confused? Basically Fox 2000 (Flicka) is a division of Fox Filmed Entertainment, which is owned by mass conglomerate News Corp.
American Humane Association
Fox 2000 Pictures · Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp Elizabeth Gabler,
David Lux, Senior Vice President, Corporate Publicity
[Production Companies Involved:]
Dear Ms. Wheatley, Ms. Gabler, Mr. Lux, and Zucker-Netter Productions:
The American Humane Association’s “No animals were harmed” disclaimer rings false. Last year, an extra on the Fox Films set of Flicka observed wranglers dragging and mounting panicked horses as they raced around a ring. One horse with a 30-foot rope around the neck became entangled and eventually tripped.
A frightened mare kicked the fallen horse, who suffered a broken neck. According to the witness, the horse “was in spasm and died an agonizing death.”
Bystanders at the scene claim the ropes had clearly threatened the animals’ safety. In addition, they contend none of the four AHA representatives onsite before or during the shoot intervened, despite the fact California penal code bans animal tethering that may result in entanglement or injury. They also describe handlers who harassed and punched horses to make them perform.
I understand another horse, who tripped and broke a hind leg during an earlier rodeo scene, was euthanized as well. These tragedies further illustrate the need for AHA to improve and enforce its guidelines for the use of animals in film and television. Please uphold your mission to stop animal cruelty on sets by forbidding reckless scenes that obviously endanger animals.
Funded by the Screen Actors Guild (the exact same industry it monitors), the AHA doesn’t observe transport, living conditions, or behind-the-scenes training for animals. It appears to function under ambiguous guidelines and seldom cites studios or production houses for animal mistreatment.
In the case of Flicka, the AHA failed to safeguard horses — easily spooked animals who should not have been forced to enact a “Wild Horse Race.” Surely the AHA is aware of numerous injuries and deaths associated with this hazardous rodeo event. I urge you to rate Flicka “Monitored Unacceptable” and to assist officials investigating the horse deaths. In the future, please promptly inform the public about animal deaths during production.
I have lost respect for Fox Films, whose sentimental movie about horses is constructed from the fear and pain of real horses. I’ve asked others to join me in a boycott of Flicka, upon its release in October 2006.
Fox Films Covers Up Horse Deaths ! Keep this going - boycott FLICKA, the movie
The horses are terrified, and in the case I witnessed one was tripped on its rope, kicked in the head, and died an agonizing death. There was absolutely no justification for subjecting horses to this inhumane treatment, except to shoot a sensational scene to make money for Fox.
This was the second horse to die at the hands of Fox in the re-make of My
Friend Flicka. You can get the whole story by googling "Flicka Horse Death."
Just as disturbing was the fact that the film's star, Tim McGraw, hasn't had
the guts to even comment on the death of that poor horse. I had been a big
fan of Tim McGraw, and I'm sure many of us now are terribly disappointed in
him. Shame on you, Tim!"
SPREAD THE WORD! BOYCOTT FLICKA!!
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