The following steps outline how to earn the American Humane Association's End Credit Disclaimer "No Animals Were Harmed"®. Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ oversee animal action on the set, enforcing American Humane Association's Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media and intervening on behalf of animal actors when necessary.
Following these steps does not guarantee your production will receive American Humane Association's End Credit Certification or sign-off letter. However, not following these steps may jeopardize your production's chances of achieving this important status.
ATTENTION LOW BUDGET PRODUCERS: No charge to qualified Domestic SAG-AFTRA New Media and Theatrical Low Budget productions, effective January 1, 2015.
Note: Beginning September 1st, 2013, AHA will be charging travel expenses to Production for our Safety Representatives to be on set. That will include if applicable:
- Hourly Travel Rate: US $20/hour for reasonable travel time of any CASRs. Travel days will not exceed 8 hours per day for billing purposes. Note: American Humane Association will send one or more CASR to monitor animal action, as deemed necessary by AHA.
- Out of Pocket Expenses: Reasonable travel expenses as necessary: e.g., airfare/train/etc., hotel, tolls, parking, per diem (not to exceed $60 per day), car rental (including gas reimbursement, rather than mileage). Mileage @ US 0.50 ¢/mile for staff personal vehicle use.
Follow these steps to Register Your Production
› Notify American Humane Association
› Complete Your Production Information (Production Form)
Complete the Production Information Form.
Following materials are to be sent to American Humane Association
- Full Scripts
- Crew Lists
- Full Shooting Schedules
- One-time Schedule/Shot lists
- Storyboards (for commercials, music videos, and still shoots)
- Animal/Livestock Day-out-of-Days (if your production uses them)
› Keep American Humane Association in the loop
Keep American Humane Association in the loop during production. To keep American Humane Association in the loop, simply include American Humane Association on the production’s daily call sheet email distribution list or fax batch.
› Read and distribute the Guidelines
Download, read, print, and distribute the Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media to all cast and crew members who are involved in scenes with animals, including prop masters, explosive experts, and stunt coordinators. Call American Humane Association at (818) 501-0123 with any questions or concerns and to discuss the animal action. These Guidelines are a valuable tool; however, only an American Humane Association Animal Safety Representative present on the set can properly enforce the Guidelines and ensure that production is in compliance.
For specific animal guidelines and advisories: View Page
Safety of animal actors = Safety for everyone on set.
› Make Sure to Obtain all Permits and Waivers
Ensure that all the animals working in your production have all necessary federal, state, and local permits as well as any other licenses that may be required by law.
Once principal photography on a production is completed, American Humane Association’s Film & TV Unit must screen the finished product prior to its release in order for it to qualify for our end-credit certification/sign-off letter and/or our rating.
This screening step is necessary to substantiate the animal action depicted in the final cut as that which was monitored by our Certified Animal Safety Representatives™ during production. By substantiating the action — and how it was accomplished — we can award and stand behind our “No Animals Were Harmed”® end credit or sign-off and, if necessary, defend a production from erroneous criticism.