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Dear Daisy Dog

I just saw the movie “Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement,” and I noticed the credits included a statement that no animals were harmed during filming. Can you tell me more about this statement?

Daisy Responds

The American Humane Association ensures that the animal actors in films and television shows are treated well.

In fact, the Screen Actors Guild requires that all animals appearing in their productions be monitored by American Humane’s film and television unit.

Their certified animal safety representatives review scripts to be certain that the animals will not be put into risky situations. Representatives also work on the sets to ensure that animals are treated humanely during filming.

Films that meet the American Humane guidelines receive a “monitored acceptable” rating, and they are permitted to use the “no animals were harmed” statement in their credits.

For ratings and reviews of movies with animal actors, see www.ahafilm.org.

While everyone says I’m as beautiful as that handsome standard poodle in the movie you saw, no one has discovered my acting talents yet. Perhaps that’s because more than 80 percent of dogs and cats used in motion pictures are from shelters.

So you see, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Just one more reason to adopt your next pet from an animal shelter.

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