Can't believe this is still happening in 2022.
A horse was killed by KBS for an episode of "The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won."
The animal during filming, had his legs pulled underneath him using rope while the horse was on a full run forcing the animal to fall on his face. This is reminiscent of techniques used in Hollywood in the 30's and are no longer used today.
WARNING: Graphic Animal Abuse
On January 20, KBS issued the following statement:
We apologize. Regarding the accident that occurred during filming for ‘The King of Tears, Lee Bang Won,’ we take grave responsibility and apologize. The accident occurred during the November 2 filming of Lee Seong Gye’s fall from his horse that aired in episode 7. It is very difficult to film a fall from a horse. The horse’s safety is fundamental, and we also have to consider the safety of the actor on the horse and the safety of the crew members filming the scene. Because of this, the production staff spent several days preparing for the scene in order to prevent any accidents from potentially occurring. Despite this preparation, during the actual filming, an accident occurred in which the actor was thrown hard from the horse and the horse’s upper body struck the ground with great force. After the accident, the horse got up under its own power, and we checked to see that it had no external injuries before returning it. However, as viewers recently began to express concern for the horse’s current condition, we checked the horse’s condition again, and we regret to say that the horse died about a week after the filming occurred. We cannot help but take serious responsibility for this unfortunate incident hat has occurred. We apologize to the viewers for not preventing this accident and causing such an unfortunate event. Through this accident, KBS recognizes that there is a problem with the way that scenes of falling from a horse are filmed. In order to prevent such an incident from occurring again, we will find another way to film and portray these scenes. We will also cooperate with the advice of experts on how filming of various kinds can be safely conducted with animals on set. We sincerely apologize once again to the viewers and those who love animals.
Do you buy the statement above? To kill an animal, as majestic and beautiful as hor a no less, for an episode is appalling. Should criminal charges be brought to the production staff? How long have KBS employed these tactic and on how many animals? Sick.