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March 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A “turf war” has broken out between People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the American Humane Association over the deaths of three horses used on the now-canceled HBO series Luck. Dr. Rick Arthur of the California Horse Racing Board told today’s (Friday) New York Times that claims by PETA about unsafe conditions of the animals during the shooting of the series were absolutely irresponsible.” Responding to the claim that one of the horses had anti-inflammatory and pain relieving drugs in its system at the time of death, Dr. Arthur said that the drugs were administered after the horse’s injury. As for PETA’s claim that the horses who were injured during the shoot and subsequently euthanized were 5 and 8 years old, Dr. Arthur said that he had worked with “very sound and very healthy” horses that were 8 and older. Besides, he noted, the racing scenes were shot in short sequences of a few seconds or so. In its statement announcing the cancellation of the series, HBO said, “While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen, and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future.”