reply to post by Stormdancer777
This is... This is just appalling, how else can one say it?
I do not know how people from other locations see this issue, but coming from a nation of animal lovers, and being a person who views my
responsibility toward the Earth and all its creatures as one of stewardship, where ever and however I might be called upon to be such, this disgusts
When I go to see a movie (on the rare occasion that I have the funds to do so) the relationship between characters and animals is often quite
important. A rider and his mount, a boy and his dog, or cat, can often be key plot devices, and intrinsic to the dramatic effect of the film. The same
can be said of some television series.
Where the relationship between animals and people is less of a plot device and more of a background feature, this also adds to the drama, drama which
makes the movie industry billions of dollars. Look at the success of the adaptations of Tolkien. These tales were told on film, and contained many
animals. Horses, sheep, goats, and all manner of other animals, many of which were important to the films effectiveness. To see these animals treated
poorly, maintained and protected in a substandard manner, is just horrifying.
But moreover, it speaks to a cynicism and lack of emotional development among the people who are responsible for making it possible for these movies
to be made. And I am not talking about producers and directors here, although there may be some cause for various productions to be looked into, in
more depth on this subject. I am talking about every person who had any level of responsibility to keep these animals in good health and to care for
their well being. The trainers themselves, who ought by rights, to have the greatest respect for their animals, the legal department of a production
house, the people who make these things vanish under the rug... these people are utterly contemptible.
You may recall the scene in one of the LOTR movies, where Aragorn is woken up by his horse...
Apologies for both the link (embed is not working for me, for no reason that I can discern), and the sappy, cringe worthy music. At roughly 1:16, one
of the most wonderful bits of human/horse interaction I have ever witnessed on film comes about, and it is clear that Viggo Mortensen is a man who
appreciates the importance of not just being able to ride, but also the bond between animals and people, whether they are using the animal to work, or
for what amounts to an expensive game of "lets pretend". Further evidence that Mr Mortensen is a prince of a guy...
Can you imagine how upset he would have been, if the horses had been left to fall into unmanaged ditches and ponds? Left without acceptable water and
feed? The fellow may not actually BE Aragorn, but I have no doubt that he would kick a butt if the mood took him to do so, and that is likely one of
the things that would incite him to such action.
The fact then, that such animal lovers are on the cast of these big movies and on the payroll of these big productions, means that there must be a
certain point in the command chain of these productions, where such information simply cannot be found within the knowledge of those occupying certain
positions. I wonder how far up and down the chain between coffee fetching lackeys, and bigshot directors, the information passes. It certainly brings
into question the honesty of the people directly responsible for animal welfare for these productions.
The AHA... what a bunch of two faced bastards. Giving the people who have allowed the needless and painful deaths of animals, a clean bill of health
to continue to use them, despite there being evidence that these animals are not being treated well, and in some cases, in a fashion which results in
their deaths, is frankly appalling, and the people who allowed this to happen at their end ought to be bloody well ashamed of themselves. This is a
I can just, at the darker end of my spectrum of understanding, see how a producer, or a person commercially invested in a production, might be able
to see their way to "forgetting" or covering up an animal related death or injury for the purposes of continuing to earn a vast sum of money. But
working for the AHA or any similar animal welfare organisation, ought to mean that person is EMOTIONALLY invested in keeping animals safe, advocating
for their rights to life and health, standing up for all the wonderful creatures which feature in the movies and television shows we watch, and
indeed, all creatures not involved in the film making industry as well.
That they have been anything less than stringent and rigidly unwavering in that cause, limits their legitimacy as an organisation in my opinion, and
is nearly as great an outrage as the deaths of the animals featured in the article to my mind.
What a ghastly state of affairs!