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PETA Throws Down With Dustin Hoffman Over Luck Comments

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Dustin Hoffman, you've been one baaaaad man and PETA is coming for you!

On Wednesday, we told you how the actor (and show producer) felt about Luck being canceled too quickly.

It seems like he doesn't think THREE horse deaths is enough to pull the plug on a show, and PETA agrees.

In a letter to Hoffman, PETA strikes down his comments, caliing him "cold" and "out of touch."

PETA writes:

You are one actor, but twelve whistleblowers who worked on Luck contacted PETA, and they all made the same allegations: The horses being used were unfit, arthritic, drugged, and pushed beyond their capabilities. There is nothing accidental about this. Before the last horse died, we contacted you privately—no fanfare—and asked for your help in making conditions safer for the horses, but you ignored that overture and at least one other horse died just days later. That horse's blood is on your hands.

BURN!!!!

To read the full letter to Dustin Hoffman, take a look AFTER THE JUMP!!!

Dear Mr. Hoffman,

Your recent comments to Reuters stating that HBO's Luck was canceled because of distorted facts and the implication that the deaths of at least three horses used by that series were "a [sic] freak accident," are outrageously cold and totally irresponsible. God help us all if having three horses die during a TV series wasn't or—if you were oblivious then—isn't now enough for you to think that something might be wrong with the animal welfare safeguards for the production. How many dead animals on your TV show would it take to make you even slightly uncomfortable? Six? Twenty? All the horses?

You are one actor, but twelve whistleblowers who worked on Luck contacted PETA, and they all made the same allegations: The horses being used were unfit, arthritic, drugged, and pushed beyond their capabilities. There is nothing accidental about this. Before the last horse died, we contacted you privately—no fanfare—and asked for your help in making conditions safer for the horses, but you ignored that overture and at least one other horse died just days later. That horse's blood is on your hands.

As an executive producer, you most definitely shared responsibility for ensuring that every effort was being made to create a safe environment for the animals used, and you failed. The corpses of three horses are evidence that you and others in positions of authority shirked your duties. Now, to add insult to real-life injury, you have brazenly decided to defend that conduct and to take HBO to task for pulling the plug on this deadly show.

While you have dismissed the deaths, the authorities haven't. The allegations remain under investigation by law enforcement, the California Horse Racing Board, and the California Veterinary Medical Association. It is clear to us, Mr. Hoffman, that you are a man without a heart or a conscience or the courage to apologize in any way for your role in the deaths and injuries that befell animals on the set of Luck. The bottom line is this: No animal should die for the fleeting entertainment of a TV show.

You are out of touch with a world that cares about animals, and that world includes former fans. I can be reached at XXXXXXXXXXXX or XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX if you have any questions or comments

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