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Milch, Mann discuss cancellation of Luck

At Vulture.com, Matt Zoller Seitz interviews Luck creators David Milch and Michael Mann about the events that led to the cancellation of the HBO series.  Sietz asks them whether they originally believed production could resume following the death of a third horse over a two-year period in the filming of the series and whether there […]

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Craven: Creating a buffer of truth regarding PETA

At the Fugue for Tinhorns blog, Glenn Craven follows up on Wednesday’s Paulick Report story concerning PETA’s involvement in the cancellation of the HBO series Luck.  Craven says the racing industry should never do anything to appease PETA, considering its blantant lies and unethical tactics, but the industry still needs to pay attention to how […]

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The PETA Distortion: How Luck’s Cancellation Was Far from Ethical

Nothing is going to bring back the HBO series LUCK after the decision by producers last week to stop production on the second season and effectively cancel the series after season one. And nothing is going to bring back the three ex-racehorses who had found second careers as equine actors on LUCK but that suffered […]

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HBO defends animal treatment in ‘Luck’ after two horse deaths

HBO released a statement this week defending its treatment of horses used in the racetrack drama “Luck” after two horse deaths, which occurred a year apart in 2010 and 2011, drew criticism from PETA. Following the incidents, HBO worked in partnership with the American Humane Association (AHA) and racing industry experts to implement strict safety […]

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HBO changes protocols after two horse deaths during Luck filming

According to a report in the New York Observer, two horses were euthanized during the filming of the first season of the new HBO series Luck.  HBO acknowledged that the two horses broke their legs during short race scenes and were put down.  In the pilot episode, a horse is shown being euthanized, but that […]

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Say what? PETA supports horse slaughter in U.S.

In the knock-me-over-with-a-feather department, the co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told the Christian Science Monitor the radical animal rights organization favors the return of horse slaughter to the U.S., saying the five-year ban has created more inhumane treatment and suffering of horses than slaughter itself had done. A funding bill […]

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PETA sends flowers to NY regulators for banning Dutrow

PETA is sending a large bouquet of flowers to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for its decision on Wednesday to ban thoroughbred trainer Rick Dutrow from New York tracks for a record 10 years. Dutrow, who was the trainer of the 2008 Kentucky Derby winner, Big Brown, and whose horses have won […]

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Thoroughbred auction companies discuss ‘out of the blue’ PETA charges

Representatives from Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. held an impromptu meeting Sept. 16 in Lexington to discuss recent criticisms of breezing practices at two-year-olds in training sales by the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The sales company executives were in Lexington for a meeting of the International […]

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Activists take aim on breezing practice at horse auctions

Thoroughbred auction houses are the latest in the Thoroughbred industry to be thrown into the spotlight by animal rights activists, who decry the practice of breezing two-year-olds at very fast speeds during sale previews, writes Dionne Searcy in the Wall Street Journal. The exercise can put the animals at risk for injury because their muscles […]

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Rhoden: Sport must care for its own

New York Times sports columnist William C. Rhoden gives his perspective on racing three years after the Eight Belles breakdown prompted him to stop covering the sport.  He conludes that, unfortunately, not much has changed in the industry since then: “The horse racing industry must do better. But is this industry capable of doing better? […]

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