HBO is under fire over Luck. PETA said they’ve obtained new documents proving that Luck did in fact abuse their horses. E! is reporting that the AHA reported that the horse trainer Matt Chew was no bueno. The docs said, “The AHA found that horses were underfed to save money, with one of them an alarming 300 pounds underweight, and that sick horses were utilized in filming. The report also alleges that improperly trained or unprepared horses were used in racing sequences, endangering both the jockeys and the animals themselves, and that the animals were routinely tranquilized to keep them docile.”
Furthermore they’re reporting that try, “Chew tried to deceive the organization’s representatives by giving false names to horses in order to prevent discovery that the animals were unfit to race. Not only that, but sick mounts would allegedly disappear from the set without explanation, prompting a warning to the trainer that he could be charged with neglect.”
PETA’s SVP said, “These documents appear to reveal what Luck executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann have repeatedly denied: that horses were mistreated and endangered on a daily basis. HBO says today it lost $35 million with the cancellation of Luck, but the horses paid a much bigger price. The authorities can take action now to send a message that cruelty to animals for the sake of ‘entertainment’—or for any reason—will not be tolerated.”
It’s a game of he said/she said right now. I’m sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle on this…but those poor horses.