November 26, 2013 5:54 pm -

We’ve all seen that announcement at the end of movies, “No Animals Were Harmed In the Production of This Film.”  Well an investigation by The Hollywood Reporter has cast doubt on that claim.

A THR investigation has found that, unbeknownst to the public, these incidents on Hollywood’s most prominent productions are but two of the troubling cases of animal injury and death that directly call into question the 136-year-old Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit’s assertion that “No Animals Were Harmed” on productions it monitors. Alarmingly, it turns out that audiences reassured by the organization’s famous disclaimer should not necessarily assume it is true. In fact, the AHA has awarded its “No Animals Were Harmed” credit to films and TV shows on which animals were injured during production. It justifies this on the grounds that the animals weren’t intentionally harmed or the incidents occurred while cameras weren’t rolling.

Read the whole piece, if you have the stomach for it.

Stuart Shapiro