We've come a long way since the days of the famous dog hero and star, RIN TIN TIN. A few months ago, I saw a screening of his silent film "Clash of the Wolves", during the Susan Orlean book tour. It was tough to watch, knowing this film pre-dated the "No Animals Were Harmed" program and disclaimer.
I could only imagine how hard this German Shepherd dog worked each day on his many films, and how he was treated. Unlike Hollywood actors today, there were no list of demands (i.e. wild salmon treats, imported bottled-water in a white ceramic bowl exactly 14 inches from the ground) in his contract rider.
We've come a long way in our treatment of animals, but I'm still glad organizations like the American Humane Association are around.
Cameron Crowe & stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Elle Fanning the stars of the movie "We Bought A Zoo" discuss American Humane Association's "No Animals Were Harmed" program.