Amazon Prime has reportedly canceled The Pack after PETA slammed the show over leaked images of dogs dangling down a steep slope and slamming into rocks while tied to people rappelling off a cliff.
Hosted by Olympian Lindsey Vonn and her dog Lucy, the Amazing Race series showed people and their puppies competing in challenges described by the animal rights group as ‘dangerous situations’. The Wrap reported.
Editing videos on the floor of the room, which appear to have been taken from a cell phone, show the pups hanging between their owner’s legs as they hit the rock wall and swing their paws in a desperate attempt to get to safety come.
The videos, taken from raw footage, were shot at the 100-foot Los Campesinos Falls in Costa Rica for the show’s third episode, The Wrap reported.
The show was released on Amazon Prime on November 20, and 10 episodes of the show are available for streaming. The leaked footage was not used in the episode.
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Amazon Prime has reportedly canceled its new reality show The Pack after a video leaked showing pets shedding a waterfall with their owners
Images show dogs hitting a rock face in Costa Rica while tied in harnesses
PETA said it was ‘excited’ that the show was canceled and praised Amazon for making ‘the compassionate decision’
Dog trainers helped teach puppies specific skills needed to participate in show challenges
Amazon had put its focus on animal safety into marketing leading to the show’s release, including hiring dog trainers to help design challenges
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Lewis Crary, PETA’s assistant manager of Pets Animals in Film and Television Division, told DailyMail.com that the organization was “ so excited that Amazon made the compassionate decision to cancel this show. ”
When dogs are used for film and television, they get the short end of the stick. On a set, time is money and the needs of animals are compromised in the name of assessments, ”Crary said.
Nothing says 2020 like a reality show that dangles dogs over waterfalls and hurls them against rocky cliffs. Animals are individuals and they are not props and tricks to use for reality TV. ‘
Crary added that the organization responded to the “ disturbing images ” in the repulsive videos, but was also concerned about the possibility of other unused content.
The show is hosted by Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and her dog Lucy
Vonn, 36, won the gold medal in the downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics
“ It’s really the unknown of – if this series was comfortable with that scene, what didn’t we see and what else did Amazon executives know that forced them to cancel this, ” he said.
Being part of a pack means protecting your companion, not tying him to a harness, and lowering him helplessly off a cliff. PETA hopes that all involved will learn from Amazon’s images and moment of clarity. ‘
Amazon praised its focus on animal safety in marketing, which led to the show’s premiere, according to a report in Variety.
Dog trainers were recruited to teach the puppies specific skills needed to compete and they were consulted on the development of challenges.
“All dogs ride in crash-tested harnesses or carriers, and we didn’t just put the harnesses on the dogs,” said trainer Nicole Ellis.
We really broke it down: showed them armor, [they] got a treat; she showed her armor, [they] got a treat. It was several steps before they even wore armor. And that applied to safety glasses, slippers, equipment. ‘
Executive producer Jay Bienstock told the point of sale that local dog safety experts had “ absolute power ” to address concerns.
“If the dog’s safety said, ‘Stop this,’ we would stop. We passed them everywhere, ”he said.
36-year-old Vonn, an alpine ski racer, won the gold medal in the downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics – the first for an American woman. She announced her retirement from professional skiing in 2019, citing injuries.