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'Brokeback' blasted by animal activists
WorldNetDaily ^ | 3 March 2006

Posted on 03/02/2006 3:36:29 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

"Brokeback Mountain," the controversial film about homosexual cowboys in love, allegedly had a lack of loving concern for the animals featured in the film.

The American Humane Association has fired off a letter to the movie's director, Ang Lee, expressing dismay over reports animal care and protection guidelines were violated during production of the Oscar-nominated film, claiming it sends "a dangerous message" that the public condones animal endangerment for the sake of entertainment.

"The excessively rough handling of the sheep and horses leaves viewers questioning whether anyone was looking out for the safety of those animals," wrote Marie Belew Wheatley, president of the group's film and television unit. "And many also wonder how the filmmakers got the elk to lose its footing and crumple to the ground 'on cue' after being shot. They ask if our safety protocols were in place to protect the animals during filming. The answer is: They were not."

Wheatley said she recently learned that anesthesia was reportedly used on an elk to portray a hunting scene, and noted the practice of anesthetizing animals solely for the purpose of entertainment violates the group's "Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media," which is the standard for animal-handling practices.

"Using anesthesia to facilitate filming has been prohibited since 1997 after causing several animal deaths during a production," said Karen Rosa of the AHA. "Regardless of how it's administered, anesthesia endangers an animal's life and health. That's why we require production companies to find alternatives – like humane training or digital enhancement – that create the same effect without jeopardizing the animal's safety."

"Brokeback Mountain" was produced in Canada, so the production company was able to circumvent the AHA guidelines and oversight.

"Filming abroad may be a cost-cutting measure, but the animals shouldn't have to pay the price," Rosa said.

The American Humane Association is the authority behind the "No Animals Were Harmed" disclaimer often seen in the end credits of motion pictures and television shows.


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KEYWORDS: animals; brokebackmountain; horses; humaneassociation; pillowbiters; poofters; sheep; shirtlifters
Compared to some of the blokes in this flick, I reckon the animals got off easy!
1 posted on 03/02/2006 3:36:32 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
""Brokeback Mountain," the controversial film about homosexual cowboys in love, allegedly had a lack of loving concern for the animals featured in the film."


Talk about swallowing the camel and chocking on the gnat!
2 posted on 03/02/2006 3:38:06 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Aussie Dasher
...many also wonder how the filmmakers got the elk to lose its footing and crumple to the ground 'on cue' after being shot.

An Elk in Captivity?!?!

Wapiti are difficult enough to track, stalk & bring down in the REAL wild of the Western USA.

3 posted on 03/02/2006 3:41:57 PM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: Aussie Dasher
With 'Brokeback' they could have issued a disclaimer...

"No Beavers were shot in the making of this movie."

4 posted on 03/02/2006 3:42:05 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
""Brokeback Mountain," the controversial film about homosexual cowboys in love, allegedly had a lack of loving concern for the animals featured in the film."

Something for which the sheep are very grateful.

5 posted on 03/02/2006 3:44:00 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Self appointed RNC Press Secretary for Smarmy Sound Bites.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I understand the sheep were in particular peril on this one.


6 posted on 03/02/2006 3:44:01 PM PST by Argus
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To: Aussie Dasher

Those poor sheep

[snicker]


7 posted on 03/02/2006 3:44:14 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL! We would have believed them!


8 posted on 03/02/2006 3:44:58 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Argus

It was filmed in Canada NOT New Zealand...


9 posted on 03/02/2006 3:45:33 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Previous discussion on same topic: Claims animals mistreated in Brokeback Mountain
10 posted on 03/02/2006 3:46:06 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (New SeeBS-News promo theme: If the facts don't fit, we'll make up sh*t.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I haven't seen this movie, and won't. And it's not clear, beyond the darting of the elk, what rough handling they are alleging.

I'm of mixed mind on this. On the one hand, I applaud the AHA for their oversight and education on the safe handling of animals used in film. Animal treatment on film has greatly improved because of their efforts, and it needed to. I refuse to watch old westerns because of the cruel tripwires and rough handling the horses of old suffered for the sake of movies. I don't like to watch it.

On the other hand, the AHA has a great deal of arrogance toward the Humane Associations of other countries. They refused to give endorsement for the LoTR movies also, not because there was abuse, but because the films were made in New Zealand, and though the NZ Humane Assn was there and on site, and approved all the scenes, since the AHA was not invited, they wouldn't accept the endorsement of the NZ authorities. The AHA ~wants~ to oversee all films, whether they're made in this country or not. What's not said in this article is whether Canadian HA was on site.
11 posted on 03/02/2006 3:47:23 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (Hobbit Hole knives for soldiers! www.freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I have to hand it to the animal activists here.
Love 'em or hate 'em, the one thing they ARE is consistent!

Brokeback Mountain is practically an untouchable icon of the Left now, destined to win all of the Academy Awards, etc. But here comes Dr. Doolittle dumping elk pee on the whole project, without so much as a genuflection to the "merit" of the film!

They march to the beat of their own...umm...woodpeckers.


12 posted on 03/02/2006 3:47:31 PM PST by Vicomte13 (Et alors?)
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To: Joe 6-pack

"No Beavers were shot in the making of this movie."

It would have more PC had they.


13 posted on 03/02/2006 3:48:22 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"The excessive rough handling of the sheep"

Now that's what I call method acting...

14 posted on 03/02/2006 3:49:13 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Islamofascists don't need cartoons. They're already caricatures.)
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To: Aussie Dasher; All
"The excessively rough handling of the sheep and horses leaves viewers questioning whether anyone was looking out for the safety of those animals,"

Caught you red handed Brokeback. You're going to have to buy that sheep, he looks fond of you too.

15 posted on 03/02/2006 4:20:39 PM PST by jec41 (Screaming Eagle)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"The excessively rough handling of the sheep and horses..."

LOL. You can't make this stuff up.
16 posted on 03/02/2006 4:23:45 PM PST by Liberty Valance (We're going to party like it's 1836!)
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To: jec41

Hey!They were just practicing on the sheep!The land where men are men,and sheep were scared!


17 posted on 03/02/2006 4:43:26 PM PST by xarmydog
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To: Aussie Dasher

Damn the TORPEDOES!~}


18 posted on 03/02/2006 4:45:59 PM PST by funkywbr
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To: Aussie Dasher

HA ha...
and the RATS take another one in the...

19 posted on 03/02/2006 5:12:07 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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