HOLLYWOOD, CA – We know what we see on in the movies isn’t real. But amid the Hollywood Hills, there could be a much darker side with a light directly pointed at the American Humane Association. The AHA is the non-profit organization that ensures animal safety on movie sets. They’re the ones behind the trademark, “No Animals Were Harmed.”
The Hollywood Reporter is claiming they’ve got a hold of some emails that could discredit the AHA’s reputation. One email is from Gina Johnson, an AHA monitor. In an email to a colleague, Johnson claims the tiger in the film “Life of Pi” nearly drowned. The AHA says that’s simply not true, and the film still met the approval for the “No Animals Were Harmed” credit.
Another film under fire is “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Twenty-seven animals were reportedly injured on that set. A trainer reported it to the AHA, but says they told him they couldn’t do much since the animals technically died while the filming of the movie was on a break.
The revelations are causing quite a stir, even creating the Twitter trending topic #AnimalsWereHarmed.
Now it’s got many looking into a slew of other films. If anything, it looks like it could be the AHA’s reputation and credibility that needs a new rating.