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Animals in Entertainment

American Humane is the leader in protecting animals in cinema and certifies No Animals Were Harmed® on sets across the globe.

American Humane’s Film and Television Unit was founded in 1940 to provide protections for animal actors in entertainment. The No Animals Were Harmed® certification program promotes evidence-based standards to ensure the humane treatment, welfare and well-being of animals working in filmed entertainment. 

American Humane opposes any form of entertainment that features or involves the abuse of animals of any breed or species, and any legislation that would legalize such practices. When animals are involved in entertainment, they must be treated humanely at all times and they must be transported in a humane and safe manner that includes security from injury, sufficient space, frequent stops for natural exercise and rest, and appropriate provision of water, environmental temperature, air quality and food, plus attention to cleanliness and hygiene needs.