Acting makes the well-being of animals our first priority and have maintain
the highest standards of treatment and care at all times.
Our guidelines have been produced in conjunction with the British
Veterinary Association, RSPCA, ATHA, British Board of Film Censors and
the British Film Producers Association.
Guidelines for the use of Animals in the Media
use of animals in the main will not require prior consultation with
either the RSPCA or a BVA member as the task to be carried out will
be straightforward and/or transient. However, Item 17 below should always
apply. Where the proposed use of an animal is extensive or complex or
there is any doubt then the following guidelines should be applied.
script pages, storyboards and/or proposed animal action should be
submitted with the official order if available. Copies of these should
be forwarded to the RSPCA and/or an appointed BVA member with the
relevant experience in the species to be used. Following consultation
and approval one or both of the parties should supervise all filming
no circumstances should pain, suffering, distress or any form of discomfort
be inflicted upon any animal.
must at all times be supervised by competent staff with the relevant
experience in the species being used. The RSPCA and/or the appointed
BVA member shall be afforded access to the animals at all times.
to be used shall be suitable for the task required of them and be
in good health and condition. A BVA member shall determine health
drugs of any description shall be used on animals other than those
prescribed by a BVA member. Tranquillisers, anaesthetics and/or sedatives
shall not be used solely for the purpose of effect for filming.
shall be no simulated violence and/or visual incitement direct or
indirect towards any animal.
shall be no visual representation of irresponsibility with regards
unacceptable behaviour and/or environments.
handler, RSPCA and/or BVA member shall determine rest and/or exercise
periods. An appropriate area should be set aside solely for this purpose.
appropriate animal feed and water should be made available to the
animals in order to sustain them.
should have access to appropriate housing/caging/stabling etc when
not required by filming, which should be in a quiet undisturbed area.
not directly involved with the care of animals should not be allowed
to associate or feed them unless given the specific permission of
and animals who are to work together shall be given ample time to
associate and/or rehearse.
staff should exercise extreme patience at all times when working with
staff that are absolutely necessary should be in attendance when an
animal is working.
should be given adequate rehearsal time prior to performing any task.
should always be taken when casting Actors, to be certain that they
are fully aware of the tasks, which they are to perform with the animals.
They should also be assessed by the Animal Co-ordinator where any
actor is to ride an animal or be in direct contact with any animal,
which is listed as requiring a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence.
animals shall be adequately insured and be covered by at least one
of the following: A Performing Animals Certificate, Dangerous Wild
Animals Licence, the appropriate Movement Order and comply with Local
Health and Safety Rules should be strictly enforced and measures taken
to keep all persons not associated with the production at a safe distance
from any animal whilst working or resting.