Saturday, March 04, 2006

Town And Country

This story, flagged by Opinion Journal shows a certain naiveté in New York City about rural lifestyles:

The makers of the gay cowboy flick "Brokeback Mountain" were too rough on sheep, an animal-rights group charged yesterday.

In a letter to director Ang Lee, The Humane Society also complained about the way the horses and elk were treated.

"The excessively rough handling of the sheep and horses leaves viewers questioning whether anyone was looking out for the safety of those animals," the letter said.

"And many also wonder how the filmmakers got the elk to lose its footing and crumple to the ground 'on cue' after being shot."

Leaving aside the sheep and horses (they probably asked for it), the filmmakers likely made the elk lose its footing in the traditional country way - by shooting it.