Originally Posted by rdgrimes
And you're choosing to believe PR department press releases from PETA and AHA.
Wait, so you believe HBO when it says the highest standard was used but don't believe it when it says it made the decision to pull the plug? Talk about picking and choosing facts.
Point being that if they really wanted to improve the lives of animals, they would be going after the racing industry, not the TV production trying to portray it. Hollywood treats animals better than they do people.
The two are mutually exclusive? You don't think PETA and the American Humane Association - a "radical fringe" group founded in 1877 - isn't involved with racing practices? The AHA has a film and television unit that's been monitoring animals on set since the 1940s. It hardly means they aren't involved with animal care and safety in other industries. In fact, they are.
And for the record, hundreds of people just lost their jobs, maybe thousands if you include the ripple effect. Many of those people own and support horses.
HBO produced the program, HBO funded the program, HBO decided to end production. HBO is no stranger to criticism from advocacy groups for its programming, having received plenty of it for other shows. If it decided to allow criticism to be a factor in its decision - assuming for the sake of argument that's the case - guess what? Still HBO's choice. As HBO said in its statement that you quoted:
While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.”
Responsibility rests with HBO for how the production ran and how it ended.