Kinship Circle: LETTER / Fatal Film: 2 Dead Horse On Flicka Set

October 11th, 2006 2:31 pm by Kelly Garbato

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Oct 10, 2006 8:48 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Fatal Film: 2 Dead Horse On Flicka Set

Kinship Circle Primary – permission to cross-post

10/10/06—Fatal Film: 2 Dead Horse On Flicka Set

KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

AHA – No Friend To Flicka
http://www.peta.org/feat/Flicka/

My Dead Flicka
http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000284

Boycott Flicka – FOX Films Kills Horses
http://www.myspace.com/mydeadflicka

Fox 2000 Pictures is a division of Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment. The Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary is the film and television production and home entertainment arm of the News Corp. media empire. The company produces all genres of films through four main studios (Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation)

http://www.newscorp.com/management/index.html

Confused? Basically Fox 2000 (Flicka) is a division of Fox Filmed Entertainment, which is owned by mass conglomerate News Corp.

===================================

SAMPLE LETTER

Feel free to use portions of our letter, but please add some original thoughts. Hundreds of identical letters may lessen the impact.

===================================

American Humane Association
Marie Belew Wheatley, President and CEO
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
ph: 303-792-9900; fax: 303-792-5333; email: info [at] americanhumane.org
web email: here

Fox 2000 Pictures • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp
Elizabeth Gabler, President
10201 West Pico Blvd., Building 78
Los Angeles, CA 90035
ph: 310-369-2000 (Press 1# for company directory. Then press 1 to reach office of Elizabeth Gabler)
ph: 310-277-2211; fax: 310-203-1558

David Lux, Senior Vice President, Corporate Publicity
ph: 310-369-5634; fax: 310-369-8825

[Production Companies Involved:]

Zucker-Netter Productions
1411 5th Street, Suite 402
Santa Monica, California 90401
ph: 310-394-1644 or 818-804-5600; fax: 310-899-6722

Dear Ms. Wheatley, Ms. Gabler, Mr. Lux, and Zucker-Netter Productions:

The American Humane Association’s “No animals were harmed” disclaimer rings false. Last year, an extra on the Fox Films set of Flicka observed wranglers dragging and mounting panicked horses as they raced around a ring. One horse with a 30-foot rope around the neck became entangled and eventually tripped. A frightened mare kicked the fallen horse, who suffered a broken neck.
According to the witness, the horse “was in spasm and died an agonizing death.”

Bystanders at the scene claim the ropes had clearly threatened the animals’ safety. In addition, they contend none of the four AHA representatives onsite before or during the shoot intervened, despite the fact California penal code bans animal tethering that may result in entanglement or injury. They also describe handlers who harassed and punched horses to make them perform.

I understand another horse, who tripped and broke a hind leg during an earlier rodeo scene, was euthanized as well. These tragedies further illustrate the need for AHA to improve and enforce its guidelines for the use of animals in film and television. Please uphold your mission to stop animal cruelty on sets by forbidding reckless scenes that obviously endanger animals.

Funded by the Screen Actors Guild (the exact same industry it monitors), the AHA doesn’t observe transport, living conditions, or behind-the-scenes training for animals. It appears to function under ambiguous guidelines and seldom cites studios or production houses for animal mistreatment.

In the case of Flicka, the AHA failed to safeguard horses — easily spooked animals who should not have been forced to enact a “Wild Horse Race.” Surely the AHA is aware of numerous injuries and deaths associated with this hazardous rodeo event. I urge you to rate Flicka “Monitored Unacceptable” and to assist officials investigating the horse deaths. In the future, please promptly inform the public about animal deaths during production.

I have lost respect for Fox Films, whose sentimental movie about horses is constructed from the fear and pain of real horses. I’ve asked others to join me in a boycott of Flicka, upon its release in October 2006.

Sincerely,

*******************************************

UNSUBSCRIBE: PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUR JUNK MAIL FILTER!

* Select a Kinship Circle ALERT received in your mailbox.
* Hit “FORWARD”
* Enter kinshipcircle [at] brick.net and send. [Type UNSUBSCRIBE in your subject line].
* Make sure the “To” line from our original alert is in your email, LIKE THIS:

—–Original Message—–
From: Kinship Circle
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2006 11:34 AM
To: 7. KINSHIP CIRLE
Subject: LETTER/ Costco Brings Back Baby Seal Oil Capsules

*******************************************

BEAR WITNESS. SPEAK. DEMAND. ACT.
Kinship Circle – Action Campaigns I Literature I Voice For Animals
Nonprofit working in animal protection/cruelty + animal disaster relief campaigns
Brenda Shoss, president * Janet Enoch, vice-president
info [at] kinshipcircle.org or kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
http://www.KinshipCircle.org * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/default.html

Kinship Circle is a 501c3 non-profit. We are grateful for your support!
DONATE ONLINE: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation/donations.html

Kinship Circle now maintains 2 separate mail lists:

1. KINSHIP CIRCLE Primary: Action campaigns for all animal cruelty issues, worldwide
2. KINSHIP CIRCLE Animal Disaster Relief List: Animal rescue coordination/news in disasters

SUBSCRIBE – KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY: subscribe [at] kinshipcircle.org

SUBSCRIBE – KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF: kinshipcircle [at] brick.net

TELL US: IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF LOUISIANA OR MISSISSIPPI

*DISCLAIMER: The information in these alerts is verified with the original source. Kinship Circle does not assume responsibility for the accuracy of the information or for the consequences of its use. Nothing in this email is intended to encourage illegal action in whatever country you are reading it in. Kinship Circle does not engage in, nor support, any form of harassment or unlawful activity. Nothing in this alert serves to promote such conduct.

*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee the validity of email addresses. During a campaign, recipients may change or disable their email addresses.

Be Sociable, Share!

Filed under , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply