AHA Mourns Passing of Horse at Santa Anita Racetrack

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Animal reared up and fell during walk to barn; Investigation to follow


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, a horse who was going to be filmed in the HBO television series "Luck" died in a tragic accident. The horse had just been inspected and passed by a licensed veterinarian conducting soundness checks and was being walked back to its barn by a groom at Santa Anita Racetrack when it reared up, fell backwards and was injured. American Humane Association Certified Safety Representatives were on the scene and the attending veterinarian provided emergency assistance to the animal. Unfortunately, the injury was serious and could not be treated, and the most humane course, to the great sorrow of everyone present, was humane euthanasia.

American Humane Association maintains the most rigorous guidelines and standards involving animals on TV and movie sets. While this incident did not occur on set, while filming, or during racing, we immediately demanded that all production involving horses shut down. We are also insisting that this stoppage remain in full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation.

We, along with the entire horse-loving community, grieve that a beautiful animal died. We have worked for more than 70 years to ensure the proper treatment of animals in film, and we will work closely and diligently with investigators and other experts in the field to determine the cause and if such incidents may be prevented in the future.

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