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The Blood of The 'Luck' Horses

is On Your Hands

3/13/2012 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

All three horses that died on the set of HBO's "Luck" were victims of "sloppy oversight" on the part of HBO and the show producers ... and they should all be ASHAMED ... this according to PETA.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are PISSED at HBO after a 3rd horse died during production Tuesday ... and a rep tells TMZ, "All the evidence we have gathered points to sloppy oversight, the use of unfit, injured horses, and disregard for the treatment of race horses."

What's worse ... PETA sent a letter to L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley on Monday -- one day before horse #3 died -- asking him to investigate the deadly situation on the set of "Luck" ... but no immediate action was taken.

HBO had released a statement following the death of horse #3 saying, "An American Humane Association Certified Safety Representative was on the premises when the accident occurred, and as always, all safety precautions were in place."

Not good enough for PETA ... which says, "We will want answers on HBO’s latest casualty. Filming must stop now."


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I am so disappointed in HBO and their production valuse for this series. There have been numerous movies made using horses and filming horse racing. I cannot believe that not just one but three horses were inhumanely treated and put down due to injuries. My opinion of HBO was fallen tremendously, and I am certain that they could have done a better job in ensuring the animals were treated well. That is a death of a horse for every episode filmed, and that is just awful and they should be ashamed of themselves. I am sorry that the death of three horses is what was needed to shut the show down. After the first death, they should have been more careful, and then there for sure should have not been a third one. Those poor horses go thru so much terrible treatment, and they certainly should not die just for entertainment purposes. I will end my subscription to HBO immediately, as they have not been the powerhouse they used to be anyway.

860 days ago

All this, when the real race in this country involving horses is taking place in every U.S. community where a proposed Commercial Horse Slaughter Facility could legally be built!

What the proponents of Commercial Horse Slaughter in the U.S. are not taking into consideration is the fact that the end “product” of this industry contains Adrenaline and Cortisol in levels far higher than what is not allowed in beef by law and regulated by the USDA.

If you want a real education yourself, Google “Commercial Horse Slaughter” and you will get one. This abhorrent practice was ill-regulated and only cursory inspected for meat quality, with the standards at all U.S. Commercial Horse Slaughter Plants in the U.S. being almost non-existent. Someone was protecting this industry before, but no longer. The American Horse Racing Industry was feeding it — ARE THEY STILL? Officially, No. Behind the scenes and out the back gates, Yes.

In Commercial Beef Slaughter they call it “dark cutting.” Google that and you will get an education about the toxic hormones and steroids that are making their way into your hamburgers and steaks (especially fast food beef.) It causes Cancer and other disease in humans and causes the Commercial Beef Slaughter Industry’s largest financial losses every year.

Equines and bovines are completely different species of animals. The equine senses are better than canines and their herd mentality extremely keen. It is virtually and practically impossible to kill a horse humanely in a commercial setting. The proponents of this issue are lying to everyone and the proof will come in the toxicology reports that will be mandated by the lawsuits filed against them and the USDA for attempting to distribute harmful levels of these toxic hormones and steroids to the population.

Every single head-shot horse is a “bad kill” with their autonomic endocrine systems delivering extreme amounts of adrenaline and cortisol throughout the flesh AFTER the shot. The evidence of this is in the pulsing of the horse post shot. Review some Commercial Horse Slaughter videos and see for yourself.

This also happens in slower, dumber bovines at a much lessor rate but is supposedly tracked and managed by USDA officials on their lines. The same USDA that is already stressed and thin in ranks because of the economic budget issues our country is facing.

The evidence that will make this “product” illegal is scientific. The Commercial Beef Slaughter Industry is already suppressing information regarding the levels of Adrenaline and Cortisol that are making their way into U.S. diets, causing Cancer and other disease. All of this will come to light with further scrutiny.

I thank the proponents of Commercial Horse Slaughter in the U.S. for being so outspoken with their propaganda and misinformation to bring so much attention to this issue. We all need to make a concerted effort to know exactly what we are ingesting and stay away from products that are proven harmful to our health.

The American Horse Racing Industry provides the largest group of “specimens” to this cruel, unnecessary and poisonous industry. Nick Nolte spoke with sorrow about it in a defining scene of the pilot episode of “Luck.” It’s really too bad that HBO wanted to cut corners more than protect their investment. Ironically, just like the American Horse Racing Industry itself…

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