On the set of the HBO series Luck, two horses were injured and euthanized on set during racing sequences.
So naturally they've come under fire from PETA.
They said in a statement:
"From the very outset of this project, the safety of the animals was of paramount concern to us. Recent assertions of lax attitudes or negligence could not be further from the truth.
We partnered early on with American Humane Association, who is the only mandated authority in the industry, and we work very closely with the AHA and racing industry experts to implement safety protocols that go above and beyond typical film and TV industry standards and practices."
They wanted to make sure it was known that every precaution was taken and these were truly just accidents.
The statement continued:
"For example, pre-race exams are performed by a California Horse Racing Board certified veterinarian, and radiographs are taken of the legs of all horses being considered for use in any simulated racing sequences.
Everyone associated with Luck cares deeply about the well-being of the horses who are so much a part of the heart and soul of the production."
We believe that they did all they could for the horses safety but these accidents still happened for a reason and we hope they find out why so that this never happens again.