Rosie O’Donnell talked to animal lover Anjelica Huston on Piers Morgan and asked the actress about her thoughts on “Luck” being canceled. That of course led to the larger question of the ethics behind using animals for entertainment purposes.
Huston has been vocal about her feelings on animals used in entertainment. Most recently she spoke out against Careerbuilder’s use of chimps in their Super Bowl ads. However, she’s not against all animals in front of the camera. She believes that if used, it should be done very carefully.
The “Smash” star told O’Donnell, “I understand the need to use animals in film. You have to be really, really extra careful in my opinion…there should be a checklist on that, because I’ve seen some bad behavior. But if I see bad behavior, I don’t go to work. I simply will not work.”
Huston then went on to tell a story about when she witnessed cruelty on set and how she reacted. She said, “I was in Italy on a film where some Irish wolf hounds were being mistreated and I said…until that wrangler goes, I’m not going on. So, you know, I can be a pain in the ass about it.”
It’s nice to know that on any project Huston is a part of, the animals have an extra set of eyes watching out for them.