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I was planning on seeing this movie in theaters, but then came across this website: http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000284

The article stated that two horses died during the production of the film as a result of the situations they were put in. It also stated that horses were repeatedly struck and punched to "perform". I feel bad that I didn't realize that stuff like this goes on when using animals in the film industry, because it seems so obvious to me now. But at least I found out about it before I supported the movie by seeing it. I just wanted to post the website in case anyone else was planning on seeing the movie, and didn't realize how much cruelty went into the production of it.

What are all of your views on this? Would you still consider seeing the movie?
 

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It depends. Did craft services serve a strictly vegan menu to the cast and crew during filming?

Don't get me wrong.

If they were mean to horses then obviously that's not cool.

I'm just saying...
 

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PS. Not that I would have seen the movie anyway. I'm a 36-year-old male. And there's not likely to be a single ninja, space ship or zombie in Flicka. So, um, no.
 

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Horse Deaths on 'Flicka' Ruled "Unpreventable"

4 May 2005 (StudioBriefing)

An investigation by the American Humane Assn. (AHA) into the deaths of two horses on the set of Fox 2000's Flicka has concluded that they were "unpreventable accidents." In a statement released Tuesday, the AHA, which had observers on the set of the film, said that the Los Angeles City Animal Services (LACAS), which conducted a separate investigation, had reached the same opinion. Nevertheless, the AHA said in its statement, it will now require "an additional level of supervision when filming calls for intense animal action." It also said that it could not allow the usual "No animals were harmed" statement to appear in the film's end credits. The conclusions by the AHA and the LACAS were denounced by the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434215/news
 

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Here's what the IMDB says under "trivia":

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Filming was interrupted on 25 April 2005, when a thoroughbred, halter-broke horse used in the film died in a freak accident on the set at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center in Lakeview Terrace, California. After extensive, independent investigations by both LA Animal Services and American Humane, no negligence was found on the part of the production or animal handlers, and the death was unanimously determined to be an accident.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0434215/trivia

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Report About April 11 Horse Injury on the set of Flicka

http://www.americanhumane.org/site/P..._report_Flicka

April 26 Statement

http://www.americanhumane.org/site/P...eleases_Flicka

Flicka FAQ

http://www.americanhumane.org/site/P...aqs_filmFlicka
 

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the site doesn't appear to be an unbiased source. Are any unbiased sources available that reiterate these allogations?
Biased or not, the real issue is corroboration.

It has been corroborated that horses died during filming and, thus, the film will not receive a "no animals were harmed" end credit.

It doesn't look like the allegations of abuse have been corroborated.
 

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From what I've read, the allegation of abuse was based on the belief that wild horses were used during the filming, but it seems they were actually not wild, but trained.
 

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Personally I think it's just cruel to make people sit through a movie of Tim McGraw acting.
I agree. Unless he's acting nekket.


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Seriously. Did anyone see "Friday Night Lights?"
I didn't see it; but hey, don't be ashamed big fella. Different strokes for different folks.
 

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I care about horses and will probably not see this movie if the safety of horses is in question. I was going to go because I read the book. Also is the protagonist a girl???? I seem to recall a boy protagonist in the book.
 

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Personally I think it's just cruel to make people sit through a movie of Tim McGraw acting.

Seriously. Did anyone see "Friday Night Lights?"
I did see "Friday Night Lights". It really isn't that great of a show but it is the only thing on I find remotely interesting Tuesday nights. ::sigh::

Is Tim McGraw in that show? Really, he shouldn't act, I agree........
 

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Even if the death was accidental, the fact of the matter is that the only reason that the horse was in the accident was because of the movie. I think it's one of those strange issues about veg*nism. It's not ok to eat animals or to exploit them for food (for vegans) but it's ok to exploit them for entertainment? And many so-called animal lovers will flock to films that feature animals.
 

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^^ I think it really depends on the place where the animals come from. A lot of animal "actors" live in homes (I'm talking about the domesticated animals only here, btw). They are, a lot of times, probably treated much better than other people's pets. Unless is is a very special circumstance I think wild animals should either go back to the wild or to a preserve so they can be free (or as free as possible if they have physical/mental limitations).

Bottom line: I don't think they are all exploited although I'm sure enough are.
 
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