After a third horse died during production earlier this week, HBO quickly (and surprisingly) pulled the plug on its star-heavy drama “Luck”. While some are applauding the network for coming to the decision based on future safety for the remaining horses involved, PETA is not letting them run for greener pastures so quickly.
In light of the cancellation notice, the animal rights organization let it be known that they were still pissed about the first three deaths and would be pursuing all options.
“Knowing that old, unfit, and drugged horses were forced to race for this series, PETA is glad that HBO has finally decided to cancel the show. We thank the whistleblowers who refused to let these horses’ deaths go unnoticed,” said PETA in a statement.
“Should Milch, Mann, and HBO decide to start the series up again, PETA will be calling on them, as we have done from the start, to use stock racing footage instead of endangering horses for entertainment purposes. PETA has called on law enforcement to investigate the deaths of the horses used on the set and to bring charges as appropriate.”
How does PETA know this? As mentioned in their statement, some of those involved on set apparently came forward – providing the group with information on the state of the horses involved; including the unfortunate ones that perished.
“Both were retired racehorses who wouldn’t understand that when they went through the starting gate on a racetrack, it was just for a TV show and not a real race,” PETA writes on their site. “Outlaw Yodeler was a 5-year-old thoroughbred who hadn’t raced in months and was apparently so sore that he was given a potent cocktail of muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory and painkilling drugs, including Butorphanol, a painkiller so strong that it’s often used as an analgesic for horses undergoing some kinds of surgery. The other horse, whose name we believe is Marc’s Shadow, was 8 years old and arthritic and had not raced in nearly four years.”
PETA goes on to claim that both horses were raced twice a day, something that would not happen even with younger, and regularly exercised thoroughbreds. They plan on providing their information to law enforcement to further the case against the producers and those involved with the care of the animals.