Alberta-based film production under investigation for 5 dead bison used on set

Alberta-based film production under investigation for 5 dead bison used on set

A film shot in Alberta is under investigation by the American Humane Association (AHA) for its use of five bison carcasses during a scene shot on April 27. According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the film titled The Solutrean may have used bison that were “slaughtered and partially skinned the previous day” specifically […]

A film shot in Alberta is under investigation by the American Humane Association (AHA) for its use of five bison carcasses during a scene shot on April 27.

According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the film titled The Solutrean may have used bison that were “slaughtered and partially skinned the previous day” specifically for the production.

The American Humane Society does not allow animals to be killed for film production, and can refuse to accredit the film with its “No Animals Were Harmed” disclaimer.

Studio 8, The Solutrean‘s production company, told the Reporter that it has invited the American Humane Society on set and “proactively contracted with a reputable meat-processing company to purchase bison carcasses that had previously been harvested.”

The studio is also conducting its own internal review and added that “if we find that any deviation did indeed occur, we will consider all potential remedies, including rescuing five other bison who would have otherwise been slaughtered, by purchasing them for adoption by an animal sanctuary, along with any other actions involving other responsible parties that we feel are appropriate.”

The Alberta SPCA are not investigating as the animals appeared to be slaughtered humanely, and therefore, cannot pursue the matter under the Animal Protection Act.