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Take action against new movie: "Flicka" resulting 2 horse fatalities

AHA – No Friend To Flicka

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.

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American Humane Association
Marie Belew Wheatley, President and CEO
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
ph: 303-792-9900; fax: 303-792-5333
email: [email protected] 
web email: http://www.americanhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=wh_contact_us_survey 

Fox 2000 Pictures · Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp
Elizabeth Gabler, President
10201 West Pico Blvd., Building 78
Los Angeles, CA 90035
ph: 310-369-2000 (Press 1# for company directory. Then press 1 to reach
office of Elizabeth Gabler)
ph: 310-277-2211; fax: 310-203-1558

David Lux, Senior Vice President, Corporate Publicity
ph: 310-369-5634; fax: 310-369-8825

[Production Companies Involved:]
Zucker-Netter Productions
1411 5th Street, Suite 402
Santa Monica, California 90401
ph: 310-394-1644 or 818-804-5600; fax: 310-899-6722

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

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.


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