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Caring for Animals On Set

January 7, 2014

Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere, and Matt Damon number among the celebrities who have praised the American Humane Association’s No Animals Were Harmed certification program. The AHA regularly provides on-set monitors who ensure that film productions adhere to appropriate safety and health standards for their animal performers. In speaking of his 2011 production War Horse, director Steven Spielberg has expressed his gratitude for the AHA’s efforts to protect the interests of the horses used in the film, in keeping with his own desire to maintain a safe atmosphere for his animal actors.

Entertainment industry figures have called the AHA program a kind of actors’ union for animals. The program monitors the working conditions of approximately 100,000 animal performers per year, from start to finish of some 2,000 film projects and 3,500 days of filming. With a nearly perfect safety outcome, No Animals Were Harmed has proven effective in multiple situations.

The AHA works closely in preproduction with trainers and other crew members to plan the safest and most effective ways of working with the animals on set. The organization’s Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media serves as a respected standard for care and diligence throughout the industry.

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