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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 10 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Apr. 9. 1974 Days of Animal Misuse in May Be Numbered By Bob Thomas LOS ANGELES (AP) -The cowboy fires his shotgun, and horse and Indian tumble to the ground. Is the movie stunt safe or dangerous? "If the horse falls on its side. then it is trained and probably won't suffer any injury." says a humane official. the horse falls on its noso, then it iias tx'ffi tripped, and the animal might very well be killed." Falling horses und other dangerous movie stunts have greatly concerned the American Humane Association for some time. Recently, the association made progress in its campaign to make movie sets safe for animals. .lack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association, is- sued a memorandum to film makers asking reaffirmation of "a policy nf humaneness to animals." He suggested cooperation with the humane association in reaching the goal "where it can be said of every motion picture: 'No animal was cruelly treated or killed in making this film.' Numerous Killings Valenti called for a conference on the use of animals in films. His action stems from increasing pressure by the humane association, which has objected to the numerous killings of animals in recent films. Among them: "Jeremiah Johnson" killing of a bear, buffalo and elk. "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" horse gripping; using half-buried chickens as gun "Kid" Blue" -killing of chickens in a cafe kitchen. "Arrnza" torture and killing of bulls. "Legend of Nigger Charlie" cockfighting. "Ulzana's "Wrath of "The Culpepper Cattle "The Deadly Trackers" horse tripping. "We object to the killing of any animal for entertainment says Harold Mel- niker, director of the Hollywood office of the humane associa- tion. "Because of Jack Valenti's announcement, the days of animal misuse in films may now be numbered." If the animals are rescued from movie makers, it will be Jack Valenti the second time in Hollywood history. In the and" 1930s, there were no restraints, and horse killings were common. They usually fell victim to the infamous "running a sys- tem of wiring horses' legs so they would trip at a location within camera range. Public Outrage The humane association credits the 1939 film "Jesse James" with changing all that A horse was killed on camera, and the public outrage caused the producers to add new regulations to its Production Code. The "running was outlawed, and film makers were required to consult with the humane association on scenes involving animals. "That all went out the window in 19ti6, when the code was said Melniker "The producers no longer needed to consult with, the AHA, and the industry became in- different to such dangers as horse-tripping. Our protests were futile." The humane association res- ponded by establishing a rating list of animal pictures that were acceptable and unacceptable. It condemned "Fatton" for the shooting of two donkeys and won a victory when the film was shown on television: the offend- ing scene was cut. Melniker objected strenu- ously to the killings in "Jeremiah but the animals were supplied by the state of Utah, which was trying to promote use of the state for film locations. Bing Crosby Fimberg Dead LOS ANGELES (AP) Harold A. "Hal" Fimberg, (i7, a screenwriter whose credits included "Our Man Flint" and Abbot! and Costello screenplays, died Saturday. In addition to movie screenplays, Fimberg wrote for radio and television. Presley Australian Offer SYDNEY (UPI) Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' -oil, has turned down a SI uillion offer by an Australian promoter for two shows, ac- cording to a Sydney newspaper. The Daily Telegraph reported a spokesman for the promoter, Bob Pritchard, said the reply from Presley's agents in Hollywood was: "Thank you, but if ever we need a million bucks that badly, we'll give you a ring. By Vernon Scott HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (UPI) "The old groaner is still Bing Crosby said just before boarding his own plane for an Easter holiday at his house in Las Cruces, Mexico. The 69-year-old crooner un- derwent surgery last January for removal of part of his left lung and has been recuperating slowly ever since. "1 read some newspaper stories about how sick I was and it gave me quite a said Bing in his rich baritone. His voice was strong and his attitude jaunty. "I'm coming along, but it takes time. I've had operations before but this was a tough one. They took out two-fifths of my left lung. Now I've got a 35-inch scar on my back. It's a beauty. "There was a report that my trouble was due to an African fungus. Not so. It was a fungus, all right with an abcess the size of a tangerine. But I could have picked it up anywhere. It's a type of fungus that's common in central California." Crosby is still trying to put on a little weight. He hopes to improve his color in the balmy sun at the tip of Baja California. "Kathryn (his wife) is working in the theater he said. "She won't be making the trip. But as usual, I'll be taking the Nathanial and Mary Frances with me. "We'll be fishing for marlin, sailfish and' some of the other big ones. "I've been getting stronger every day. Sometimes in the af- ternoon I get out to the golf course for a little pitch and putt practice. I will be a while before I can take a full golf swing. "But I plan to play some ten- nis because my right side is all right. The left, where they did the operating, is still a bit weak." Crosby won't return to work until early summer when he will go to Hollywood to tape a television comedy special with Bob Hope, Pearl Bailey and Mitzi Gaynor. Later he and his family will film their annual Christmas show. "I plan to do some hunting as usual this he said. "And in the meantime I've kept busy planning the Crosby golf tour- nament for next year. And I'm oh some committee for game preservation and the organiza- tions to keep our streams and rivers clean." During his convalescence Bing was visited by sons from his first marriage Gary, Dennis, Philip and Lindsay. He received more than letters from fans around the world urging him to get well. "I wrote out a form letter and answered ali of (hose kind fet- he said. "I had no idea that many people were interested in me. Maybe people thought I was sicker than I was. I must have been hovering on the brink. OKTAP Emergency 11 4-oz. 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Cor, Drug abuse is an extremely serious health problem. But alcoholism is an even bigger problem. For at least 7 million Americans. If you are over 18, chances are one in 12 that you are, or will become, an alcoholic. So while it is vital for your children to know the dangers of drugs, it is just as vital to be concerned about alcoholism. Get the facts. Then sit down and talk to your child about drug abuse and alcoholism. Now. We care. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa Des City Mark BIuo Cross Association Service Mark ot the National Association ol Blue Shield Plans BETTER HEALTH IOWA. WE CARE. Cedar Rapids Representative Robert J. Sedenka Home Phone 362-6304 Office Phone 36o-J348 Benton and Linn Counties Representative Lloyd Schoufenbuel Hornet 362-6573 Offices 366-5348 FOR INDIVIDUAL ENROLLMENT' Now AVAILABLE: Group Enrollment 2 thru 4 Employees Johnson County Representative Bert Vincent 337-2440 Jones and Cedar Counties Representative Edward A. 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