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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED (tm) in the Making of this Post

You know how at the end of movies, in the credits, there is often a bit stating "No animals were harmed in the making of this movie."? (The phrase "No animals were harmed" is apparently copyrighted by the American Humane Society.) Well, what if the movie makers treated an animal really well, totally up to the AHS's standards, but the animal was inadvertently harmed? I mean, accidents happen. Sometimes human animals are harmed in the making of a movie. What if Lassie sprains her ankle, or one of Matt LeBlanc's chimp co-stars (like that Chandler guy whose name excapes me) chokes on a banana (or some percocet)? In these cases, an animal would have been harmed, but it seems to me unfair to lump those movies in with uncertified ones where they use electroshock to get the hamsters to dance. This website doesn't provide the answer (neither does this one, nor this one, nor this), but I've e-mailed the AHS to find out.

So I'm on that. What happened in DC last weekend?