HBO Slammed for Horse Deaths in Luck
New series not so lucky for racers
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2012 5:00 PM CST
Dustin Hoffman poses at the premiere for the HBO television series 'Luck' in Los Angeles last month.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Animal right activists are slamming a new TV series after two horses had to be put down after suffering injuries during filming. A PETA official said the organization "repeatedly reached out" to HBO before filming began on its horse-racing series Luck to offer safety advice but was "rebuffed." The two horses stumbled and fell during races staged for the pilot and for the seventh episode of the program starring Dustin Hoffman— and their fractures couldn't be repaired, reports the BBC.

The American Humane Association's standard "no animals were harmed" statement was removed from the credits of both episodes. After the second death HBO briefly suspended filming to "adopt additional protocols for horse racing sequences," including hiring an extra vet and radiography of the legs of all horses used, said a network statement.

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Feb 14, 2012 3:53 AM CST
Come on... Shit happens. If they hadn't broken their leg on the show they might have just as well broken it elsewhere. It's not like HBO went out of their way to intentionally break their legs. The leg exams will still not rule out the possibility of this kind of thing happening, it sounds to me like a string of bad luck, it's sad, but come on, like I said, SHIT HAPPENS.
Feb 14, 2012 12:35 AM CST
Feb 13, 2012 10:14 PM CST
Watched the first episode. Didn't expect to see the graphic depiction of a horse breaking it's leg. Not going to watch more.