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The AHA helps animals in the movie business stay safe

Oscar season is approaching, which has many movie buffs focusing on their favorite films.

From The Hangover to The Proposal, there were plenty of hilarious movie moments that featured animals big and small this year.

In addition to recent hits, to animal classics like Babe and Homeward Bound ensure that there are always plenty of options for moviegoers who like to see their furry friends on screen.

However, in order to help animals in show business, certain guidelines have been imparted on filmmakers to ensure that animals are treated well - on-camera and off.

Many people are familiar with the phrase "no animals were harmed in the
making of this film," but most aren't aware that a movie production has to go through a rigorous application process to be able to make that claim, which is supported by the American Humane Association (AHA).

Representatives of the association will stop in and monitor the treatment and use of animals on set at more than 1,000 productions per year to make sure that the animals who are employed are not ill-treated or overworked.

Since the 1960s the AHA has tried to create a standard of animal care through their Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media, which are constantly revised to reflect new findings and scientific data relating to animals.
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