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American Humane Association Agent Lets It Slip That Life Of Pi Tiger ALMOST DIED During Filming!!!

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American Humane Association agent lied about the safety of a tiger on the set of Life of Pi!!

This is just awful!

Whenever we saw that "No Animals Were Harmed" tag at the end of a movie, we felt confident that no animals suffered any sort of abuse.

But according to an internal email from American Humane Association (AHA) monitor Gina Johnson, who was on set during the live tiger scenes in Life of Pi, during one of the few scenes when a live tiger had to be used, the animal almost DIED!

Even though, Gina gave the film the "a-okay," that wasn't the case - and she even let it slip in a confidential email! Hmm, first you put a treasured living creature in harm's way and then you try to cover it up, and admit to malpractice in an email! SUCH A FLAWLESS HUMAN BEING.

They were filming a scene where the tiger was swimming in a giant tank and things went bad. According to an email from Gina:

"This one take with him just went really bad and he got lost trying to swim to the side. Damn near drowned."

Luckily, the tiger survived when its trainer threw it a rope and helped drag it to shore.

This woman, a supposed animal lover, watched an animal almost drown for a shot, and said nothing.

Maybe because she was romantically involved with a high-ranking production exec on the film!

What's worse is this is apparently common! If an animal is injured accidentally or off camera it "doesn't count."

That's awful and we really hope the AHA changes all their procedures because this just isn't cool!

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5 comments to “American Humane Association Agent Lets It Slip That Life Of Pi Tiger ALMOST DIED During Filming!!!”

  1. 1

    B.S. story.

  2. jrex says – reply to this


    Holy shit calm down; you're getting worked up over pretty much nothing. Where does it say she just sat idly by and said nothing? But why the hell would SHE do anything when there's an experienced trainer there anyway? It's a fucking TIGER not a chihuahua. Why is it suddenly a crime for accidents to happen? Since when does "got lost" equate to "almost DIED!"??? Why are you so mad?

  3. Stepy67 says – reply to this


    the connotation of the phrase ”damn near drowned is far different from ”almost died.” I have said ”I damn near drowned” several times…and never has my life actually been at risk.

  4. 4

    Re: Stepy67 – WHAT???!!! If you or anyone "damn near drowned" then yours or the person's or animal's life WAS at risk. Are you somehow unclear that drowning means death??? You do not drown and survive. The victims of the titanic who drowned did not survive - they died. This is not a comment about the movie issue, it is a comment about the stupidity of saying "almost drowned" has no serious connotaitons!

  5. 5

    We all know accidents happen everyday, everywhere. Accidents happen with my horse, my pets but the issue here is the dishonesty. We can't ignore there was a violation of trust. No one wins when you operate this way. The Humane Society helps no one but themselves.