PETA calls for investigation into death of a horse on The Gilded Age set

PETA is alleging that HBO‘s The Gilded Age ought to increase animal cruelty to the record of its historic accuracies.

The animal rights organization issued a push release Thursday calling for the community to investigate the death of a horse on the set of the Julian Fellowes-created drama.

“PETA has read from multiple whistleblowers alleging that a horse died very last 7 days for the duration of the filming of still a further HBO output,” the team wrote in a letter to Casey Bloys, HBO’s main information officer. “Reportedly, the horse was 23 decades outdated, experienced attainable pre-present wellbeing disorders, and the demise was owing to head trauma.”

The press release also alleged that the horse was found frothing at the mouth right after sustaining head trauma.

Carrie Coon and Morgan Spector on ‘The Gilded Age’

Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO Carrie Coon and Morgan Spector on ‘The Gilded Age’

In its letter, PETA termed on HBO “to validate the loss of life, to conduct an fast inside investigation into the incident, and to keep the occasion or events who permitted it to arise responsible. Lastly, we are inquiring you to consider actions so that some thing comparable by no means happens once more.”

An HBO spokesperson did not quickly react to request for comment, but according to Deadline Hollywood, the community reported in a assertion, “HBO was saddened to understand that on June 28, all through filming on the set of The Gilded Age, a horse collapsed and died, very likely of purely natural brings about, in accordance to a veterinarian’s preliminary findings.”

The assertion continued: “The security and well-currently being of animals on all our productions is a best precedence, and the producers of The Gilded Age work with American Humane to guarantee whole compliance with all protection safeguards. Pursuing AHA’s suggestion, the horse was transported to a facility for a entire necropsy. AHA has interviewed all included staff, and total necropsy results are pending.”

This isn’t really the very first time PETA has criticized HBO for its use of horses. In 2012, the network canceled Luck right after at least a few horses died. “We experienced hoped HBO may well have uncovered anything from that expertise: specifically, that horses aren’t props,” PETA explained in its letter to Bloys. “They are sensitive animals who can be startled easily, and they have to be steadily accustomed to the transforming situations on a established. They should not be made use of in film or television productions at all. If they are, an equine behaviorist must be on set at all moments, and this man or woman need to be specified the authority to prevent filming if horses start out to demonstrate what are normally subtle signs of agitation.”

The corporation more referred to as on HBO to chorus from making use of horses in any long run productions. “If it were not for these whistleblowers, the apparent demise of this vulnerable horse would most likely have been swept under the rug,” PETA senior vice president Kathy Guillermo stated in a statement. “PETA is reminding HBO that watchful, compassionate folks can be located on each individual established and is urging it to end making use of horses ahead of an individual else dies in its productions.”

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