Within hours of The Hollywood Reporter's expose about animal deaths in Hollywood productions, the American Humane Association (AHA), the organization responsible for overseeing animal welfare, responded with a press release and media blitz claiming that the expose exaggerates the frequency of accidents and places undue weight on the ones that have occurred.
But the crux of The Hollywood Reporter's article alleged that the AHA may be handing out those "No animals were harmed. . ." disclaimer without cause. Among the most damning: an email that said a tiger used in the filming of the movie "Life of Pi" had "damn near drowned" during a scene.
And Gina Johnson, the AHA monitor who wrote that email and was assigned to monitor "Life of Pi," resigned on Wednesday, according to CNN. In an email, the AHA told CNN that "The email of the employee in question led to an internal investigation and there was no evidence of any harm to the tiger as determined after multiple inquiries."
Karen Rosa, senior advisor at the AHA, made the media rounds to answer questions. Specifically, she refuted the seriousness of the "near-drowned" tiger, telling AFP: "That was unfortunate. We believe that she exaggerated. But the bottom line was ... the animal did not suffer any harm."