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In a 1939 film called Jesse James there is a scene in which a horse and rider jump off a cliff into a river In the next shot rider and horse are shown swimming in the river If you were to look very closely you might notice that the horse in the river is not the same horse that jumped off the cliff Thats because that horse died in the fall Out of this tragic event came the American Humane Associations film and tv unit When you see the sentence No animals were harmed in the making of this film that means that the AHA gave their approval of the animal usage in the film I agree with the AHAs philosophy on using and portraying animals in films Its alright as long as the animals are treated well How the animals are portrayed is completely up to the film-makers Thats freedom of speech In The Ghost and the Darkness lions are portrayed as ferocious man-eaters Is it wrong to portray them that way I dont believe so Its evident to me that the animals used in this and most North American productions are treated very well First a brief summary of the film is necessary to place the contents of this essay in context This is a true story embellished only a little by Hollywood in order to bring in another big name to draw crowds An Irish engineer named Colonel John Patterson Val Kilmer goes to build a bridge in Africa at a place called Tsavo The Colonel is a very smart man who always dreamed of going to Africa On his first day there a lion attacks a worker and Patterson hunts and kills it This wins the workers over to him and the project goes well for a few weeks until the night two male lions drag the strong African foreman from his tent and kill him The Colonel resumes hunting
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