Target: Robin R. Ganzert, CEO of American Humane Association
Goal: Urge the American Humane Association to be truthful about animal cruelty on Hollywood film sets
The American Humane Association (AHA) has allegedly allowed animal cruelty to persist on Hollywood film sets. A recent report claimed that animal safety during filming was overlooked by the organization, and even that its employees sought to cover up cruel practices. Urge the CEO of the American Humane Association to be truthful about on-set cruelty and refrain from covering up abusive practices from the public.
The AHA was recently accused of giving out the desired “No Animals Were Harmed” label to films that were undeserving of it, such as Flicka, Life of Pi, and The Hobbit, which are now all accused of committing cruelty. An investigation uncovered the death of two horses during the HBO series Luck, and made public the bizarre incident that resulted in a chipmunk being crushed to death by a handler on the set of the romantic comedy Failure to Launch.
In other occurrences, a dog was punched in the stomach repeatedly, a shark placed in an inflatable pool died, and marine explosions killed dozens of aquatic creatures. All these accidents went unreported by the AHA.
In effort to avoid conflict, the AHA claimed that many of these tragedies occurred while cameras were not rolling, and also argued that many were unpreventable anyway.
Though the AHA does attempt to improve animal well-being on every film set, it is evident that they need to implement changes to better protect animals that are currently suffering under their watch, and this includes includes dismissing employees that seek to cover up abuse. When the Bengal tiger who starred in Life of Pi almost drowned on set, one AHA monitor emailed her colleague saying, “DON”T MENTION IT TO ANYONE, ESPECIALLY THE OFFICE! I have down-played the f*** out of it.”
The bottom line is this: if a production does not meet the standards that the AHA sets in order to attain the “No Animals Were Harmed” label, then these productions cannot and should not receive the label. At present, this is not always the case. If nothing changes, audiences might as well disregard any assertion that no animals were harmed because the label no longer holds any weight.
Urge the CEO of the American Humane Association to stop under-reporting animal cruelty and refuse to approve films that are guilty of cruelty.
Dear Robin R. Ganzert, CEO of American Humane Association,
A recent investigation uncovered evidence that your organization is guilty of not reporting, as well as helping to cover up, incidences of animal cruelty on Hollywood sets. While your organization seeks to improve animal welfare, it is currently not doing the job that it claims to do: report cruelty that occurs on set, and inform the public that cruelty occurred.
Because so many incidents went unreported and covered up, it is difficult for audiences to now believe that animals were not harmed in film-making. In order to give out your approval, animals must not be harmed in any capacity. In the future, please report all incidences of abuse, and please refuse to approve films guilty of cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
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