Monday, May 02, 2005

More on American Humane Association and Horse Death on Movie Set

Again, from an email I received.


Please Press Flicka Producers for
Answers
> >Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005
> >
> >Dear Friends,
> >
> >As you may recall, Pat Vinet called AHA yesterday and asked for the
names
>and contact information of Flicka's producer and director. AHA
refused
>that request, preferring instead to stand with the animal exploiters
>against the animal protectors. Pat told them we would probably find
out
>anyway. We did. The movie's producer is Gil Netter. The director is
>Michael Mayer.
> >
> >Pat just got off of the phone with producer Gil Netter's assistant
who
>told her he didn't know anything about it. (???!!!) That's strange,
>considering the article below appeared this morning in the Los Angeles
>Daily News. Are we to believe that most of Los Angeles knows about
this
>outrageous instance of animal exploitation and its tragic results, but
the
>producer's own assistant has been kept in the dark? I don't think so!
> >
> >SHARK Supporters, these people need to to hear from us in the worst
kind
>of way. Please give them a call!
> >
> >Kindest Regards,
> >Steve
> >
> >CONTACT:
> >
> >Production Companies Involved:
> >Zucker-Netter Productions (310) 394-1644
> >Fox 2000 (310) 369-2000 ( Press 1# for the company directory. Then
press
> 1 to be connected with the office of Elizabeth Gabler, Fox 2000
>President)
> >
> >Horse dies on set of 'Flicka' remake
> >
> >By Dana Bartholomew
> >Staff Writer
> >
> >LAKE VIEW TERRACE - City animal controllers banned the use Monday of
wild
>horses on the film set for "My Friend Flicka" after a wild mustang
died of
>an apparent broken neck during a racing scene.
> >
> > The horse was killed Monday morning at Hansen Dam Equestrian
Center
>during the 20th Century Fox remake of the 1943 classic. The new
"Flicka"
>stars country music idol Tim McGraw.
> >
> > After learning of the horse's death, the Animal Services
Department
>shut down the wild horse race shoot, then launched an investigation
>expected to continue today
> >
> > "The horse reared up, got caught in the lines and, when it fell
down,
>it broke its neck," said Capt. Karen Knipscheer, spokeswoman for the
>Animal Services Department, which issues animal-use permits to the
film
>industry.
> >
> > "We told them no more wild horses at this shoot."
> >
> > Knipscheer said that, while Fox 2000 Pictures had the required
>animal-use permit, its horse handler had failed to secure the
necessary
>permit.
> >
> > She also said the Animal Humane Association, whose Sherman Oaks
film
>and TV office monitors animal safety during filming, had failed to
notify
>the city about the horse's death.
> >
> > Marie Belew Wheatley, president and chief executive officer of the
>Animal Humane Association, said the Denver-based organization was
>investigating.
> >
> > She also said the "Flicka" credits would not include the AHA
>disclaimer saying that no animals had been harmed in the making of the
>film.
> >
> > "No way," she said by phone during a layover flight to Los
Angeles.
>"The film won't earn the credit."
> >
> > Wheatley said AHA film guidelines bar untrained horses on movie
sets.
>She also said stampede scenes require a specific number of pickup
riders,
>or cowboys, present to protect the horses.
> >
> > There were four AHA safety representatives on the "Flicka"
production,
>and Wheatley said it was hard to believe none of them notified Animal
>Services.
> >
> > The Fox 2000 "Flicka" production office in Van Nuys referred all
calls
>to 20th Century Fox spokeswoman Deborah Simrin, who did not return
phone
>calls.
> >
> > Roland Vincent, 59, who was hoping to be used as a cowboy extra,
>witnessed the incident.
> >
> > "One horse, pursued by guys on horseback, spooking the hell out of
him,
>tripped on his rope and went down," said Vincent, a real-estate
attorney
>from Northridge. "The other horse kicked him in the head, that's what
it
>looked like to me."
> >
> > Vincent, founder of Equus Sanctuary for abused horses in Juniper
Hills
>near Pearblossom, said using wild horses in films is inhumane.
> >
> > "They're scared to death, terrified," he said. "It's abuse, even
if
>nothing happens to them."
> >
> > "Flicka," produced by Gil Netter and directed by Michael Mayer, is
due
>for U.S. release in February.
> >
> > The modern adaptation of the 1941 Mary O'Hara novel is about a
Wyoming
>ranch girl who adopts a wild mustang horse.
> >
> >---
> > Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com

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