KBS ‘The King of Tears, Lee Bang-won' faces animal abuse controversy

연합뉴스 / 2022-01-21 10:36:31
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▲ This photo, provided by KBS, shows the poster of "The King of Tears, Yi Bang-won" (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- KBS historical drama “The King of Tears, Lee Bang-won” is facing animal abuse controversy when a horse that was forcibly knocked down during the filming of the fall scene was confirmed to have died.

KBS apologized on Friday, revealing that the horse that filmed the fall scene died, saying, "We deeply feel responsible."

"After the accident, the horse woke up on its own and confirmed that there was no apparent injury," adding, "However, as a result of re-checking the health status of viewers who were worried about the horse's condition recently, we confirmed that it died about a week after filming,” explained KBS.

"We have no choice but to take a deep responsibility for what happened," adding, "We repeatedly apologize to the viewers for the failure to prevent the accident.”

The scene was directed in the 7th episode of "The King of Tears, Lee Bang-won" when Lee Seong-gye fell to the floor after his horse collapsed.

The Korean Animal Welfare Association released a video of the scene filmed by tying a wire to the horse's ankle and forcibly knocking it down and demanded confirmation of the horse's survival.

They also criticized the filming as animal abuse in violation of the Animal Protection Act, which prohibits injuring animals.

KBS revealed, "Through this accident, we have confirmed that there is a problem with the method of filming the fall," adding, "We will try to find other ways of filming and expressing such accidents so that they do not recur again."

“We will find ways to ensure the safety of animals at various filming sites through advice and cooperation from related organizations and experts.”



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