The dramatic horse racing themed series Luck has been cancelled by HBO after a third horse died during filming this week. The HBO Luck show producers have been repeatedly attacked by PETA and other animal rights groups for lax safety standards over the death of two previous horses on set.
In the latest HBO Luck horse death, the animal was reportedly being removed from a stall when it reared up and fell back, striking its head. The head injury was determined to be too severe and the horse was euthanized.
Two previous HBO Luck horses were put down after they “stumbled and fell during short racing sequences,” according to the American Humane Association. Both horses received severe fractures and were declared not salvageable by on site veterinarians.
After the latest death, HBO released a statement saying the Luck crew “maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future.”
Continuing to defend the treatment of horses on the set of Luck, HBO said the show “maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horse racing anywhere, with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.”
HBO initially announced a temporary halt to production on the Luck television series while an investigation into the latest horse was ongoing. On Wednesday, sources began leaking information from the set that the show was going to be cancelled. The online tabloid TMZ.com was one of the first to report the news of Luck being cancelled, allegedly before the announcement was even made to the crew.
According to the most recent information, all production on Luck has been halted and will not resume. The latest gossip reports are saying the crew, who expected to be in production for another eight months, will not receive severance pay.
The remaining Luck season one episodes will reportedly still air on HBO.
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