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Poll: Do You Agree With HBO Decision to Cancel 'Luck' After Horse Deaths?

HBO cancels the show after a third horse dies this week.

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.

What do you think of HBO's decision to cancel the show? Take our poll below and tell us in the comments.

MARTIN BRUCE PARMER March 16, 2012 at 09:05 PM
HAVING INNOCENT HORSES KILLED JUST 4 THE SAKE OF MAKING A TV SHOW IS SHOCKING , A TRAVESTY , CRUEL , AND SHOULD NOT B HAPPENING !!!!!!!! IF IT REQUIRES HALTING THIS HBO TV SHOW AND TAKING IT OFF THE AIR , I SAY DO IT , AND DO IT NOW B 4 ANY MORE INNOCENT HORSES DIE !!!!!!!!!!!
MARTIN BRUCE PARMER March 16, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I ALSO WATCH THIS INTERESTING SHOW ALL ABOUT THE RACE HORSE BUSINESS , HOW THEIR TRAINED , WATCHED AND SUPPOSEDLY TAKIN SUCH GREAT CARE OF , BUT I DID NOT KNOW INNOCENT HORSES WERE DYING ON HERE . THIS SHOW MUST B TAKING OFF THE AIR ASAP 2 STOP THIS !!!!!!
TRISHA HEGLAND March 16, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I WONDER IF THE COMPANY SUPPLYING THE HORSES FOR THE SHOW IS USING HORSES THAT ARE ALREADY INJURED, THEREFORE, CHEAP TO BUY. . PERHAPS THE SHOW PRODUCERS NEED TO DEAL WITH A MORE REPUTABLE SUPPLIER. TOO BAD IGNORANCE AND GREED RUINED A GREAT SHOW.
Holly Woodward Mavar March 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM
why not use stock footage of the races, i'm sure there's plenty out there... then use other horses for the paddock scenes? i have three horses myself, but these horses being euthanized during production is probably better for them in the long run because most retired racers and so many unwanted horses end up on feedlots then the slaughterhouses so they can be made into meat for other countries ...

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