If you use animals in your production, you want to hear, ‘No animals were harmed in the making of this production.” That is not always the case. In the making of the first movie in the new "Hobbit" trilogy, 27 animals died at a farm where they were housed during the filming. HBO’s “Luck” had a hose that got frightened and ended up fracturing its skull; it had to be put down. As much as safety is observed accidents happen. The movie Evan Almighty uses over 85 species of animals and no animals were hurt.
Here are a few suggestions for you to consider as part of your safety plan. You may be required to have a representative of the American Humane Association on site.
- Have proper trainers on the set
- Animals must be trained, prepped and in appropriate physical and behavioral condition to perform the required work
- Lame or ill animals may not be used and may not resume work until the condition has been corrected, as determined by a veterinarian
- Have extra water
- Animals should have access to shelter
- Animals should be checked daily for injury and/or illness
- Dogs should have a collar and be kept on a leash
- Owners must provide proof of the animal’s vaccinations as recommended for the species of animal
- Animals should never be left unattended
- No alcohol shall be used around animals at any time
- The American Humane Association offers resources for you. Remember that John Hart Insurance can insure your animal talent, call us today.