Written by: Heather Clemenceau
In recent years, the American Humane Association has come under fire over a number of films that received the “No Animals Were Harmed®” sign-off despite the deaths of numerous animals during film productions overseen or approved by the group. An article by Ryan Rumboldt for the Calgary Herald on December 31, 2016, finally gives closure to the incident where bison in Alberta were killed for the use of movie props in the film “The Solutrean.” Set to release in the summer of 2017, the movie is an ice age period film which came under investigation from the American Humane Association after questions were raised about the killing of the animals used to depict a buffalo hunt. While it was concluded by the AHA and the SPCA that the bison were not inhumanely destroyed, the killing of an animal for the direct purpose of a movie scene is strictly forbidden by the AHA. After their investigation, American Humane has decided not to give their “No Animals Were Harmed®” approval as is generally customary in the industry when animals are used.
“This is an egregious violation of our guidelines as under no circumstances does American Humane tolerate the killing of animals for the purpose of film production,” said spokesman Mark Stubis. “Our policies specifically prohibit any animal to be injured or killed for use in a movie.”
The Alberta movie animal supply industry has been subjected to criticism since “an incident on the set of the 1999 film The Thirteenth Warrior where a horse had to be destroyed, and again after horses used on the TV series Heartland were sold to Bouvry Exports, North America’s largest slaughterhouse.”
Please read more here from the Calgary Herald.
Read more on my original blog post on the killing of the bison here.