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HUMANE SOCIETY DOESN’T HAVE FUNDS TO MONITOR ALL MOVIES WITH ANIMALS

April 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The CEO of the American Humane Association has acknowledged that the number of productions using animals has grown so prodigiously that the organization is no longer able to monitor a substantial number of them. Robin Ganzert told today’s (Monday) New York Times that the AHA’s film monitoring unit covered 3,498 shooting days and issued “no animal was harmed” certifications on 570 productions. That was up from 2,392 shooting days and 144 certifications ten years ago, she said. But in that entire period, the Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund, which funds the AHA’s monitoring program raised its annual grant by only $500,000. The result has been a 30-percent cut in the organization’s expenses, mostly in staff cuts. The Times quoted one unidentified person who has worked closely with the AHA as estimating that 50 percent of the intense animal action in films is not being covered. Meanwhile, some of the former AHA personnel who have been laid off have become whistleblowers, protesting that the association has become so dependent on industry funding that it succumbs to pressure from producers to overlook their complaints.