The Dustin Hoffman starring HBO drama Luck was created with the intent of looking at the darker side of the horse racing world, but if the American Humane Association has anything to say about it, the set of the series is dark enough on it's own. Yesterday, the body of the third horse to suffer an injury and be euthanized was carted away. Now, the AHA is demanding a stop to the production until the animal safety issues can be resolved.
EW.com reports that an AHA representative issued a statement on the matter including this declaration: "We are also insisting that this stoppage remain in full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation." The statement also noted that this particular horse didn't suffer it's injury during filming racing scenes, unlike the previous two animals which were hurt and euthanized during filming of the first season.
The AHA had previously called for a work stoppage after the demise of the second horse, but production resumed after new safety protocols were implemented. A veterinarian who had just examined the most recently deceased animal relayed the circumstances of the incident like this: "The horse was on her way back to the stall when she reared, flipped over backwards, and struck her head on the ground." Another attending vet determined euthanasia was the appropriate course of action from there.
For their part, HBO said that it was "deeply saddened" by the incident and was fully cooperating with the AHA's investigation.
What do you guys think? Should the show be stopped, or were these just unavoidable freak accidents?