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by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV
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Despite animal cruelty allegations and the deaths of multiple horses during the production of HBO’s cancelled show “Luck”, star and producer Dustin Hoffman believes that the higher ups gave the series the axe too quickly.

When asked if he would do television again after “Luck”, Hoffman said, ”They closed us down like a guillotine. The facts were so distorted that it frightened HBO into making that hasty decision. It really was a freak accident … But I was so glad I had done it (television). And I would do it again.”

According to PETA, things really were that bad on set. The fact that three animals died seems like it should be proof enough.

HBO ultimately cancelled the show due to the bad press and the fact that no horse can truly be protected while racing. At the time, they released a statement saying, “Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures. While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.”

One would think that the deaths of three horses would be more than enough to make Hoffman believe the show should not go on. Although, as we see in the real racing world, no number of deaths stop the sport from continuing.

Via Reuters

 

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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