The HBO horse-racing show "Luck," in its first season, was canceled this week after a third horse died during production, The Huffington Post reported.
HBO said this in a statement: "Safety is always of paramount concern. We 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. 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."
A horse used in the production of the pilot broke its leg and had to be euthanized. A second horse was euthanized shortly after, according to Huffington Post reports. The third horse died Tuesday.
"While filming the show’s pilot, a horse suffered a severe fracture after falling during a race sequence and was euthanized," PETA said in a January article. "Another horse was killed while filming a later episode. Two horses died for a couple of hours of television!"
Read the full Huffington Post report here.
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