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HBO's 'Luck' investigated for treatment of horses

HBO's "Luck," which examines the world of thoroughbred racing and betting, has been investigated due to charges of mistreatment of horses.
The New York Observer reported that the show came under scrutiny after reports that two horses broke their legs during production and had to be euthanized. The pilot of the series, which premiered last month, contains a scene in which a horse breaks its leg during a race and has to be put to sleep.
The network told the Observer that the horse filmed in that race in the pilot was not actually harmed, but another horse in that episode was euthanized after its leg fractured. The other horse death occured during the filming of the seventh episode.  Read More

 

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I heard this last week but thought it was just a rumor about breaking their legs, they did it on purpose.
How can racing fans use this as a reason to hate the show? Horses OCCASIONALLY die after race related injuries as well, so by your logic, shouldn't we stop racing horses alltogether? Isn't it completely hyprocritical to state if a horse dies during filming then they should never film again, but if a horse dies during racing that it's just a horrible part of the game? You can't have your cake and eat it too people.
After some more review of the material obtained for this story, I'll await another, more reputable source of information regarding this story. A check on the "New York Observer" doesnt exactly allude to it as a "newspaper or magazine of record."
The difference with Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant is those people choose to go on a show in which they are most likely paid for, and their lives affected by the choices they made that got them on the the show in the first place. Luck, the horses do not choose. I have nothing against a show on horses, but Luck uses horse racing as a ” back drop/plateform” for the type of material seen in the show. I would hope the producers and HBO cared about the horses and horse racing first, but ratings most likely come in at number one. Hopefully if animals were euthanized it was unavoidable, and any and all percautions were taken.
Hmmmm.... by the same token, maybe we should also take into account how many families and lives are ruined for your pleasure on every reality TV show you and/or your kids watch? Because really, if you dont think that someone's life is ruined by MTV's "16 And Pregnant" and "Teen Mom", then you are sorely and sadly mistaken.
seems like there has been a constant whine about sa surface, whether pro-ride, or dirt.
Great... like the racing industry needs more bad press! and IMO... they ARE filming this at Santa Anita and that shitty surface! How many breakdown or get a career ending injury on that dirt daily !!!

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