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3 Horses Die During Filming of HBO Show

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A horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday during production of the racetrack drama "Luck," the third death in connection with the series, and HBO agreed to suspend filming with horses while the accident is investigated.

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cynthia l (207)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 9:27 pm
very disturbing thankfully HBO has suspended the filming while this is investigated

Lindsey W (234)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 10:20 pm
The reason I shared this because this is inexcusable. Spielburg make the film "War Horse" with about 8 different horses. Not one of them die or get injured. He said, his main priority was the horses needs. If a horse did not feel like cooperating one day, he was say stop and continue with a non-horse scene. He would never force the animals to work, only on the days they were up for it. To make them look dirty, they gave the horses mud massages, which they loved. So tell in the world to 3 horses die in the making of this show? Was there no person there watching out for the horses? There should always be someone there specifically to see if they are mistreating animals on set.... I think it is inexcusable and someone has some major explaining to do.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 10:29 pm
Inexcusable, you got the right word, Lindsey!

Constance F (418)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 10:40 pm
Ditto Lindsey ! Here's another take on what happened that day that Kathy C sent out.

HBO's 'Luck' No Moment of Silence For Dead Horse

The cast and crew of HBO's "Luck" didn't miss a beat after a horse died on location today -- they just kept on shooting.

Eyewitnesses tell us ... the horse suffered a fatal injury after rearing up, falling backwards and hitting its head on the ground, breaking its neck. It was then euthanized.

We're told the crew was told to drive themselves from Santa Anita -- where the accident occurred -- to Marina del Rey to continue shooting the show.

As we reported, this is the third horse death on the series. After one of the other horse deaths, HBO stopped production, but apparently horse death has become somewhat routine on "Luck."

HBO was scrambling today after we called with information about the death, trying to delay publication of the story.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 11:23 pm
They do not mistreat stars, but what is the difference with animals? We are all the same and we should look after each other. People think that we are higher above animals, here is the truth we are all the same.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 1:17 am
Sadly noted. Thanks.

janet w (10)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 1:38 am
truly sad but noted ,signed and shared.

MmAway M (506)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 5:19 am
i THOUGHT THIS WAS OFFICIAL, HEARD THE NEWS THAT HBO CANCELLED THIS SERIES!...Shame on Michael Mann and Dustin Hoffman for being in this anyway. What a disgrace that a Pay per Station promoted this! They are sooooo far off my RADAR!

Lisa N (206)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 6:16 am
I heard about this on the Today show this morn., they have since shut down production & PETA had also got involved, but so far no charges have been filed. It is bad enough that one horse would have died, but three??? C'mon!!!

Dawn M (142)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 7:25 am
Sadly noted:(

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 8:01 am
I found a great website which I will be putting in the Care2 news that has contact information for several networks. Here's the link:

E.R. Lee (0)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 8:19 am
These people must be doing things wrong; three horses - Outrageous!!

Lindsey W (234)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 8:30 am
Wow, I was so mad I didn't realize how many spelling mistakes I made on my post! Haha sorry everyone.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 8:43 am
we are change, silence is acceptance
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 9:10 am
Sadly noted.

DORIS L (61)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 10:12 am
I thought I heard on the NEWS this morning that this third horse death spells out the end of the show for good. I certainly hope so.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 12:09 pm
There's no excuse for these horses to die.

michelle t (41)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 1:58 pm
This is disgusting.Shut this crap down permanently!

Vicky P (476)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 2:02 pm
sad :/ animals shouldn't have to die for the making of tv programs

Shirley S (0)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 2:08 pm
Horses die for this and all kinds of reasons, including TV shows. Awful. Are the animals expendable?
Collateral damage? Raise public awareness! Legislate the rules for animals used by the
entertainment industry.

janet f (29)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 2:23 pm
I never watched that show because I knew it wouldn't show horse racing for what it really is...animal abuse. But, this is worse than even I thought. Everyone working on this show, including the big name actors, is responsible for those animals deaths. Someone should be prosecuted. There are laws in this country protecting animals. HBO needs to find out what happened to those horses and get the information to the proper authorities.

Mary T (178)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 3:17 pm
Outrageous there is no excuse for the death of these horses, All these people that were involved in this terrible tragedy should be held accountable for this, Thanks Lindsey.

Diane Piecara (14)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 3:32 pm
No more horses (or anyone else) on the set of "Luck."

Linda P (0)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 4:02 pm
Someone needs to be held accountable. This should have never happened, these magnificent creatures lost their lives for profit in someone pocket, NEVER acceptable.

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 4:42 pm
Since when are "racing industry experts" seriously concerned about the safety and welfare of race horses?

Nicole W (646)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 5:52 pm
I have no words :-(

naomi cohen (55)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 6:00 pm
this is so shameful and heart-breaking. the show MUST NOT go on. they must cancel this series for the sake of the animals. i know they don't care about the horses, but there will be an abundance of protesting which will force them to cancel.

Donna B (36)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 6:02 pm
There is NO excuse for this b.s.!! One horse was one TOO many and now there are three? How sad. It just breaks my heart. I hope and pray this show is over for good.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 6:22 pm
There was almost nothing said about that stupid cruel show and almost no action available against it on this website and yet a lot of fuss was made about a commercial and a movie in which no animals were killed and tortured! As for that show I of course never watched it, I sometimes would see a commercial of it before The Real Time would start and that alone would piss me off!

Veronica C (22)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 9:54 pm
I'm glad the show was canceled.

Evelina Zaharieva (9)
Friday March 16, 2012, 4:37 am
The should not just suspend it AFTER investigation - they should have never allowed it in the first place. And if they were moral enough they would have stopped themselves, not stopping after someone investigated that...

Sandi C (98)
Friday March 16, 2012, 7:08 am
those poor horses!

Ruth C (87)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 7:52 am
Poor horses, they are like kids, they get tired and need to rest, but people keep pushing them, because they need to make Money off of them!!

Carol C (97)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 5:45 pm
Sadly noted. Thank you.

Jill Vickerman (416)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 9:46 am
Its like we have gone back in time instead of forward!

Terri Hughes (416)
Saturday March 24, 2012, 9:16 pm
SO sad that these beautiful horses had to die because of DUMB ASSES. The ABUSE of animals, needs to STOP, NOW.....ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!

Dianne D (490)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 6:12 pm
What is going on? These people need to be charge with animal abuse and cruelty.
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