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->''"NO DOGS WERE HARMED DURING THE FILMING OF THIS EPISODE. THE CAT GOT SICK AND SOMEBODY SHOT A DUCK BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT."''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Dog of Death"

"No animals were harmed" is a standard message displayed at the end of movies, and in Hollywood movies is awarded (and trademarked) by the American Humane Association. It means {{exactly what it says|OnTheTin}}.

In the early days of Hollywood, safety procedures were pretty lax, even when concerning actors. It would be a bit of a bore to find someone who looked enough like your leading lady at short notice. But unless you need your [[TheWestern Wild West]] hero to do some show jumping, there are a dozen bargain-bin nags which you could afford to risk damaging with trip-wires. It was very common for animals to get injured, and no great loss to anyone if they did. Well-trained animals were an exception, incidentally, often getting better treatment than the human actors.

In particular, according to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Humane_Association The Other Wiki]], a scene in the 1939 film ''Jesse James'', wherein a blindfolded horse was ridden off a cliff to its death, is the direct cause of the founding of the American Humane Association (the trademark holder on the phrase "no animals were harmed"), and the "No animals were harmed" language dates directly to the controversy over that movie.

After a while, sensitivities changed, safety improved and it became worth letting people know that the animals you used did not end up getting shot and used to make glue, so the "No animals were harmed" disclaimer is now seen in virtually all major works that use animals. More recently, with the advent of computer-generated effects, it's become possible to show animals coming to harm without having to involve any actual animals at all. In such films, "No Animals Were Harmed" is usually accompanied by a phrase to the effect of "Scenes showing harm to animals were simulated."

Parodies of the message have become a common CreditsGag, often citing some other group who were not harmed (commonly whatever fictional creatures are featured in the movie), or making specific exceptions to the rule. It's also common to state that while the animals may not have been killed, they did receive some minor injuries, or to stress that while no animals were killed or injured, [[SnuffFilm humans on the other hand...]]

Note that the phrase refers to animals specifically in the colloquial "non-sapient beings" sense. "No human beings were harmed in the making of this film" is a phrase you will never see outside of this sentence. [[note]]Well, it was a CouchGag in the Futurama episode where Fry dates a robot, but you get our point.[[/note]] Human actors (or crew for that matter) applied of their own free will, they should at least in theory know what they're were getting into, and they have their own organizations (such as OSHA and the Screen Actors Guild) to watchdog their safety concerns.

Compare OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope and NoOSHACompliance. NoCelebritiesWereHarmed and NoCommunitiesWereHarmed derive their names from this trope but are not otherwise directly related.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Advertising/{{Vat19}} ad for the VideoGame/{{Frogger}} Tabletop LCD Game disclaims that no men in frog suits were harmed in the making of the ad.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''SamuraiPizzaCats'' had the disclaimer "No animals were harmed in the marking of this cartoon" in its closing credits.
* Episode 7 of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' had the disclaimer "No Puchuus were killed or injured in the production of this film. Well, okay, maybe we roughed a few of them up a bit. And we did cook and eat two of them, but that was after we finished filming. Does that count?"

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[[folder:Films]]
* From ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3'':
-->"NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED DURING THE FILMING..."\\
HOWEVER, SOME SPECIES DID BECOME EXTINCT DURING PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY:\\
SPECIES CAUSE OF DEATH\\
Northern Horned Barn Owl (approx. 15) Soundstage Fire\\
Striped Red Heinied Tapir (last pair) Grip Truck\\
Wooly Fettered Tree Squirrel (approx. 100) Crew Lunch
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'': "No animals were harmed in making this film. Although, a few had to be erased and redrawn."
* ''BrotherBear'' ends with Koda announcing that "no fish were harmed in the making of this film." The message is undercut by [[CarnivoreConfusion a bear chasing a salmon crying for help]] in the background.
* ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'' has this played straight and subverted:
-->Animal interaction was monitored by the American Humane Association with on set supervision by the Toronto Humane Society. No animal was harmed in the making of this film.
-->Human interaction was monitored by the Inter Planetary Psychiatric Association. The body count was high, the casualties are heavy.
* ''TheFlintstones'' movie: "No dinosaurs were harmed in the making of this movie."
* At the end of the first ''Guyver'' Live-action movie: "No zoanoids were harmed during the making of this movie."
* A [[CreditsGag parody of this trope]] occurs in the [[Film/HarryPotter movie of]] ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': "No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie."
* The credits for ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' state at the end "We would like to stress that no animals were harmed in the making of this film" (given everyone in the film was plasticene no real animals of course would have been harmed). A rabbit then floats up, hits its head on the text and falls down.
* ''{{Bionicle}} Mask of Light'' has one, substituting "animals" for [[CallARabbitASmeerp Rahi]]
** Also, it's in the Bionic text.
* ''Film/FierceCreatures'': "No animals were harmed in the making of this film, only humans."
* Parodied in the end credits of ''Film/ASeriousMan'': "No Jews were harmed in the making of this film."
* In ''Film/TwentyFourHourPartyPeople'', Tony Wilson goes out of his way in his narration to the audience to mention that no animals were harmed at the conclusion of a scene involving Shaun and Paul Ryder killing 3,000 pigeons with poisoned breadcrumbs.
-->'''Tony Wilson:''' ...although there are those who say they're pests, rats with wings.
* Parodied in the ending credits of {{Critters}} 2: absolutely no critters were harmed in the making of this film.
* Spoofed [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesomely]] in one trailer for ''NinjaAssassin'': "Only one ninja was harmed in the making of this movie. [[KillEmAll The rest were killed]]."
* According to the end of ''FourLions'': "[[BaaBomb One sheep]] was blown up in the making of this film."
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': "No animals or aliens were harmed in the making of this film."
* ''Film/MenInBlack'': "The animals and aliens used in this film were in no way mistreated and all scenes in which they appeared were under strict supervision with the utmost concern for their handling."
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': "No monsters were harmed during the making of this film."
* [[MormonCinema The Single's Ward]] has "No animals were harmed during the making of this film... Except that dog... Stupid dog..."
* When ''TheAdventuresOfMiloAndOtis'' was released in the US, there were allegations that the Japanese filmmakers had harmed animals. The allegations were ultimately never proven, and the American Humane Society signed off on the production.
* ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'': "No slugs were [[{{Pun}} a-salted]] in the making of this movie."
* ''DeuceBigalowMaleGigolo'': "Only one fish was harmed during the making of this film. But he feels better now."
* ''TheWaterHorse'': "No [[StockNessMonster Sea Monsters]] were harmed during the making of this film."
* ''StateAndMain'': "Only 2 animals were harmed in the making of this film."
** Seconds later, the film corrects itself by showing the typical AHA disclaimer.
* The closing credits ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' state "No dodos were made extinct in the making of this film."
* ''Film/EZMoney'', a direct-to-DVD kid flick revolving around the FourOneNineScam has "No animals were harmed in the making of this movie and no scam e-mails were sent although several of the crew reportedly signed up for an online dating service."
* ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' has "No oceans were harmed during the making of this film" right under the standard animal disclaimer.
* ''Film/RatRace'''s end credits contains the line: "No Animals were harmed in the making of this film; only actors were harmed during the making of this film."
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' put the "no animals were harmed" disclaimer at the beginning of the closing credits rather than near the end of the closing credits, possibly to avoid any accusations of horses being killed during filming.
* The credits of ''Star Trek: Of Gods and Men'' includes the line "No tribbles were harmed during the making of this motion picture."
* ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'': "No stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this film."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Acknowledgements at the end of ''Literature/StarTrekTitan: Synthesis'' states "No computers were harmed during the making of this production." The novel is about a society of sentient computers.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One show, Jon Stewart had been making a running joke about the news making him so stressed, he would destroy what was in his hands. Then he held a kitten. The kitten 'turned into' a glass kitten. After the bit was over, he said "The kitten is fine, by the way."
* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' ended with mythical creatures in the place: "No Centaurs were harmed".
** Over the course of the seasons, the messages got increasingly bizarre, including abstract concepts like "Gabrielle's sense of self-worth".
** "The concept of linear time '''was''' harmed in this episode."
** From an episode introducing ''yet another'' IdenticalStranger: "Despite the appearance of another Xena lookalike, the gene pool was not harmed in the making of this episode".
* In ''The Making Of WalkingWithDinosaurs'': "No dinosaurs were harmed in the making of this programme".
* BillNye once claimed "no science guys were harmed in the course of an episode".
* In one ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode, one of the characters riffs, "None of the animals harmed, were harmed during the making of this film".
* At the end of the ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' episode on PETA, Penn declares "No animals were harmed in the making of this episode"... then thinks for a moment and lists off the various animal products used during production. Earlier, he also says that they wanted to kill, clean, cook and eat a chicken on the show, but the Humane Association wouldn't allow it.
** To make things even more bizarre, Penn points out that while they themselves cannot kill, clean, cook, and eat a chicken on the show, they are allowed to show footage of ''other'' people doing so (And end up showing StockFootage from a chicken farm-themed documentary). Penn is quick to point out the logicial flaws in this.
* Common on ''Series/MythBusters'' episodes that involve animals. Averted when they investigated whether cockroaches would survive a nuclear war -- they state at least twice that the insects used were bred for lab work and would have been killed anyway, but they ''did'' kill most of their test subjects in that one.
** Played with in the "Demolition Derby Special". The episode ends with an announcement by the narrator that "Automobiles were hurt in the making of this program", over "In Memoriam" clips of each car getting smashed up.
** In a viral video special, the team was trying to induce fainting goats to faint. After the segment which featured dozens of goats going stiff and falling over the narrator assures us that no goats were harmed "though several felt they were made to look stupid".
** The announcer also often notes that that Buster, the dummy that serves as a human analogue in many experiments, has a family and humorously warns them to look away at moments of carnage.
** Notably, while the cast avoid killing animals during production, they have no problem with ordering large numbers of previously killed ones from butchers and other livestock supplies. They've even used actual human bones on a few occasions.
*** In early episodes, the narrator would point out that the dead pigs used to test myths were ones that had died of natural causes.
** In lectures, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziQWDnFSPt8 Adam relates the story of the only segment they have ever been banned from showing.]] They were trying to test the idea that a sugary cereal has less nutrition in it than the box it is packaged in. They obtained 9 lab mice and put them on special diets with 3 mice per cage. Cage 1 was fed regular, Cage 2 was fed the cereal, and Cage 3 was fed the cardboard. After a week of monitoring, the crew left for the weekend and went home, leaving the mice unattended. Upon returning Monday morning, they found (to their horror), a fat and happy Mouse in Cage 3...and two picked clean skeletons. Discovery freaked out and refused to air any part of the segment. Adam had a rough cut of footage and showed the clip during a college lecture, until he received a 'cease and desist' order from Discovery. They were terrified PETA was going to catch wind.
** In the {{Duct Tape|ForEverything}} [[DesertedIsland Island]] episode, Adam uses a duct tape net inspired by ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' to catch a wild chicken. However, immediately afterwards we get a disclaimer from Adam, saying that while they did catch a real live chicken, the net was just for proof of concept and they didn't actually eat the chicken; it was released and the guys were given store-bought chicken.
* An episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' had copious turtle-throwing, after Joy lost Darnell's pet, Mr. Turtle. Before the end credits, a turtle told the "crackpot" viewers that no animals were harmed.
* A programme about mishaps happening to animals would have a shot of a goat/sheep at the end and have the presenter say "No animals were harmed in the making of this programme". The animal then explodes. "Except for this one," adds the presenter.
* Parodied in a episode of ''Time Warp''. "Several stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this episode. And to be honest, they had it coming."
* On Creator/RossNoble's appearance on ''Live At The Apollo'' he put an imaginary turtle in a drawer but left it open a gap so it wouldn't die. He tried to talk about something else but commented that the audience was still looking at the turtle. He then said that no imaginary animals were harmed in the making of his show... except the imaginary panda that he then procided to beat up, while discuss what is so good about beating up a panda.
* Parodied in ''JustShootMe''. The cast helps Finch with a film for film class. They burn a birdhouse that's a substitute for a real house while the bird was still inside.
-->'''Maya''': "Remember that thing in movies where they say "No animals were harmed in the making of this film? Well..."
** The episode "Slow Donnie" had a subplot concerning some birds in Nina's office. At the end there's a disclaimer from Dennis that "No birds were harmed in the making of this episode." Then a tennis ball from offscreen hits one of the cages, followed by Dennis saying "Oops!"
* Parodied in ''GarthMarenghisDarkplace'':
-->'''Garth Marenghi:''' I do not believe that any form of life, be it human, animal, or plant, should be hurt in the making of a television programme. So I personally feel really bad about that cat we killed.
* Also parodied in ''Richard Hammond's Blast Lab'', where people who are part of experiments are referred to as 'Lab Rats': Richard Hammond says "No Lab Rats were harmed..." towards the end of the credits, and then goes on to say an exception, (for example) "...But one tripped and fell".
* ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' had a fake apology for a scene where a lorry runs over a hedgehog. "the hedgehog used was a stuffed hedgehog and we feel we exhibited less cruelty to hedgehogs per se than whoever it is that goes around stuffing them".
* On ''TheYoungOnes'', after Alexi Sayle is shown drinking the contents of a goldfish bowl, a short clip of the inside of his stomach is shown:
---> '''Puppet goldfish:''' Don't worry, goldfish-lovers everywhere. I am, in fact, a ''stunt'' goldfish. In fact, by the time this programme airs, I will be doing the new Franchise/JamesBond film. So there's no need to write in.
---> '''Puppet hunk of food:''' They never read the letters anyway.
* In a memorable ''Series/LasVegas'' episode: "No Creator/{{Jean Claude Van Damme}}s were actually injured or killed during the filming of this episode."
* In one episode of ''Series/TwoPointFourChildren'', Ben tries to put the kettle on but accidentally turns on the blender and liquidizes David's goldfish, which had been put in there when the goldfish bowl got broken. In TheStinger to the episdoe, in order to demonstrate that the goldfish wasn't harmed, they show how the scene was "really" filmed. Just before Ben turns on the blender, a stage hand pours the fish into a bowl and replaces it with an artificial one. They then try to shoot the scene, but the bowl is in shot. The director asks Ben to hide it - Ben looks around and puts the bowl in the microwave. They start filming - and Ben accidentally turns on the microwave instead of the blender.
* A short-lived DiscoveryChannel show from 2004 called ''Series/AnimalFaceOff'' was based around if two species dueled it out to the death, which would win. As they couldn't actually make animals fighting to the death, they used CGI with the occasional cut to stock footage.
* In one ''TimeTeam'' episode, they're excavating the grounds of one of London's law societies, but have to get permission from the gardener to carefully lift a geranium bed. At the end of the episode, Tony says "And if any lawyers are watching, no geraniums were harmed in the making of this episode".
* Parodied by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR0HFRjpTOs this]] promotional video for ''Series/TopGear'', which ends with the disclaimer "No real David Beckhams were harmed, or actually used in this video".
* The road safety documentary ''Crash Test Dummies: A Smashing History'' ends with the message "Many crash test dummies were harmed during the making of this programme."
* Used as a brick joke at the end of the first episode of series 27 of ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks''. At the start they had a guy in a circus outfit holding a rabbit and a hoop for it to jump through, at the end they all have rabbit pie while a caption reads; "Only one delicious rabbit was harmed during the filming of this show".
* Used out of universe as a joke by Creator/IwanRheon, aka [[spoiler:Ramsay Snow]] in Series/GameOfThrones. When doing some media work to promote the series, Iwan joked "No Alfie Allens were harmed in the making of the show. He still has [[spoiler:his penis]]".
* ''Series/{{Outsourced}}'': The series ends with Gupta saying "No Indians were harmed in the filming of this video. Bye bye, for now," into the camcorded he use to film the [[DancePartyEnding Dance Party]] after the wedding ceremony.
* When ''InsomniacWithDaveAttell'' was in New Orelans, hey rode along with the NOPD as they we exterminating Nutria. He finished the bit with the disclaimer, "Just in case you are wondering, a lot of animals were hurt during the shooting of this."
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[[folder:Music]]
* Humor a-capella group Moosebutter parodied this in their song "Captain Organic Vegetable Man":
-->"No animals were harmed in the making of this song, including these: *various animal noises*... No ''vegetables'' were harmed in the making of this song, including:..."]
* The credits inside Eels' ''Daisies Of The Galaxy'' include a note that "no [[{{sampling}} samples]] were harmed during the making of this record".
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The Robbie Williams BodyHorror-filled music video "Rock DJ" ends with the disclaimer "No Robbies were harmed making this video".
* The music video for Tomboy's "It's OK To Be Gay" ends with the disclaimer "No straight people were harmed during the production of this music video".
* One Music/{{Kesha}} video opens with a "No mythological creatures were harmed" disclaimer, then blows away several humanoid unicorns (who, of course, bleed rainbows).
* A disclaimer at the end of Music/MichaelJackson's music video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7z_w83fSjM Earth Song]]" says that no animals were harmed during the making of the video, though an unnamed poacher had killed an elephant within a mile of the shot.
* The music video for Korn's ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x704a_korn-somebody-someone_music Somebody Someone]]'' ends with the disclaimer "No insects were harmed in the filming of this video" in front of Jonathan Davis' hand with a squashed fly on it.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The comic strip ''LibertyMeadows'' parodied this once. The first two panels were of a character tripping and falling on a banana peel, and nothing else. The third and final panel said "No animals were harmed in the making of this comic strip, with the exception of" followed by an ''extremely'' LongList.
* Parodied in one ''ComicStrip/MallardFillmore'' comic strip, when the TV that Mallard is watching says, "The following heartwarming holiday special contains 100 percent faux snow; no actual snow was harmed in the production of this program."
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Parodied in the Season 2 finale of ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'', which shows a black-and-white montage of the many, many animals who have died on the show, set to Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the credits for the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} related game TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}, it is written that "No toads or rats were harmed during the production of Mordheim. Several fish were consumed."
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In part of TheUmbilicalBrothers "Don't Explain" show. That imaginary dog didn't die! It was switched with... hm... a false one. So Yeah
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'', after Guybrush feeds a drugged hunk of meat to Governor Marley's piranha poodles, an important notice pops up: "These dogs are not dead, they are only SLEEPING. No animals were harmed during the production of this game." The [[UpdatedRerelease Special Edition]] adds a bold voice-over that narrates the Important Notice.
* ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' ends with, among other things that [[TheStinger happen after the credits]], a reassuring message that "No grubbers were harmed in the making of this game". Grubbers are semi-sentient underground creatures whom the player must sneak past or physically disable on several occasions.
* The closing credits of ''StarshipTitanic'' explain that "no starlings were harmed" for the game, referring to a puzzle where starlings [[spoiler:are pureed using the ventilation system]].
** This puzzle is optional, by the way, allowing a less squicky solution.
* This is parodied in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', a video game pastiche of a ZombieApocalypse movie. After one of the campaigns are finished, a fake "Credits" screen rolls showing various statistics about the player's performances. This roll ends with "X zombies were harmed in the making of this film." where X is the number of zombies the players have slaughtered. As this number is generally about 1,500, this is a very awesome moment for the players.
* The end credits of the first SpyroTheDragon game features the disclaimer "No sheep were harmed during the making of this game. A few Gnorcs, but no sheep."
* The end credits of ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank II'' state something along the lines of "Almost no sheep were harmed during the making of this game. The one that was had it coming."
** ''Quest For Booty'': No heliogrubs were harmed in the making of this game.
* The credits for ''{{Painkiller}}'' note that a few demons were, in fact, hurt pretty badly in the making of the game.
* In the first ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' game, the ending credits include the line "No Delta Force Operatives were harmed in the making of this game", in reference to [[RedshirtArmy the obscene number of them that die during the course of it]].
* An advertisement for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game on the Nintendo Gamecube said, "No turtles were harmed in the making of this game (that part comes when you play it)".
* Blizzard, in {{Starcraft}}, included an assurance in the final credits that no pixel was harmed during the game production.
* In the ending of the shareware version of ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'', one of numerous gag messages in the ending text is "No animals were harmed during the creation of this video game, although one dog did get its butt spanked when it peed on the carpet."
* The SNES version of ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}} II: The Tribes'' has this in its end credits, presumably in homage to the Simpsons episode quoted at the top: "No Lemmings were hurt during the making of this game. One got sick, and somebody shot a duck, but that's about it."
* The end credits for Interstate76 proudly announce: "No polygonal animals were harmed during the making of this product."
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 1'' and ''2'' feature the line "No cows were harmed in the making of this game" at the end of their credits sequences.
* One of tips in ''Hedgewars'' (''VideoGame/{{Worms}}''/''VideoGame/ScorchedEarth'' style game) menu is "No hedgehogs were harmed in making this game".
* The end credits for ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}} 2'' end with the line "No gargantuan monsters were harmed in the making of this game", most likely in reference to the {{Kaiju}}-sized Leviathan in the Chicago level.
* Parodied in one of Eggman's announcements in ''VideoGame/SonicColors'':
--> "No aliens were harmed in the creation of this park. They were all harmed ''after'' the park was created."
* The ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}} II'' demo ended with the note that no sheep were harmed during its making.
* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/DesertStrike Jungle Strike]]'' for the SegaGenesis only, there is a disclaimer that says something along the lines of "No bovine were harmed during the making of this game."
* Parodied at least in the box art's back cover for the PlayStation version of ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'':
-->'''WARNING:''' EXTREME CARTOON VIOLENCE! No cartoon characters were maimed or mutilated during the making of this game.
* {{Startopia}}: No [[http://startopia.wikia.com/wiki/Memau Memau]] where harmed during the making of this game
* In the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' DLC ''Citadel'', Wrex can say (if alive) "Looks like no humans were harmed in the making of this party".
* The end credits for Bad Boys' Love in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' states that no birds were harmed in the making of this game [[spoiler: although many of the bird characters seriously were.]] It may have been because one bird is a Luzon Bleeding-Heart, a species with plumage that makes it look like they've been shot in the chest.
* "No animals were harmed in the making of ''MechWarrior Online''. Only humans were harmed."
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''MinionsAtWork'': [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2010/10/minion-245-thats-why-they-call-it.html "No insurance salesmen were turning into gorillas and run over with a golf cart in the making of this cartoon."]].
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed and NoCommunitiesWereHarmed, right here [[TonightInThisVeryRing on this very wiki]].
* WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries plays this in an episode.
-->YAMI: No Duel Monsters were harmed in the making of this episode - except for Kuriboh.
* Parodied in the credits of [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYQLR7dE5k4 review]] of ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}} The Lost Chapters'': "NO PUPPIES WERE HARMED DURING THE MAKING OF THIS VIDEO EXCEPT ONE WHO GENUINELY DESERVED IT"
* "''The [[DoctorSteel Dr. Steel]] Show''", Episode 1: "No Hamsters were harmed in the making of this film"
* At the end of ''ThereSheIs''! Step 2: Cake Dance "No animal was harmed in the making of this animation."
* Parodied/Inverted in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm-Vnx58UYo&feature=player_embedded recent video about Google Chrome OS and it's laptop]]: "25 computers were harmed in the making of this video."
* [[http://chromagic.blogspot.com/2011/01/101-kickass-things.html "No Smurfs were harmed in the making of this list."]]
* ''WebVideo/CollegeSaga'' reports that "No animals were harmed in the making of this film. A lettuce head was however totally beaten up by our crew members. We would like to extend our grievances to the friends and family of the abused lettuce and pray for its early arrival to Vegetable Heaven."
* The video podcast ''The Idiot Box'' ended the credits for each episode with an example of this trope appropriate to the show being mocked. (Examples: ''The Magic Clown'' tagged "No clowns were harmed..." and ''Ding Dong School'' with "No dolls were harmed...")
* ''Film/ProjectMillion'' claims that "No Spazz Puppets Were Harmed" followed shortly by "...that's a lie". Several puppets were slashed to bits by Spazz himself.
* [[{{Creator/StuartAshen}} Dr Ashen's]] guide to [[http://homepage.ntlworld.com/ashen1/ashen/menu/build/intro.htm building a computer for next to nothing]] involves a rabbit.
--> No rabbits were harmed in the making of this tutorial, although I did kick the shit out of a giraffe. The long necked, snooty bastard.
* The {{Rooster Teeth}} Short ''Secret Door'' ends with the disclaimer, [[spoiler: "No clones were harmed during the making of this short. Except Gavin 3. He's dead now.]]
* Parodied in the credits of ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20100209073828/http://www.freewebs.com/spirit_library/Zamor.htm How To Make A Zamor Launcher PSA]]'':
-->Many Matoran and Toa were hurt during the making of this movie.\\
I will not lie to you - we had some pretty bad injuries on set.\\
No one died or anything, but let me tell you, they certainly pushed the limits of their medical coverage.\\
Don't worry, no animals were hurt. Now you nutters who could care less about sapient beings can go home happy.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': "Celebrity voices were impersonated. NoCelebritiesWereHarmed in the making of this episode."
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Dog Gone", which featured several graphic animal death scenes, Peter says:
--> We here at ''Family Guy'' want you to know that we respect all living beings, and assure you, that no animals were harmed in the makings of this episode. But we're about to hurt the feelings of this Italian opera singer by prematurely dropping the curtain on his performance.
* In the credits of SheepInTheBigCity's first episode there is this message:
-->"No sheep were injured during the filming of this special. The next day, however, Sheep walked into a wall and stubbed his toe"
* In the credits of ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' episode "The Puma Whisper", Kuzco claims that there were no emperors harmed at the episode, after that he got attacked by a puma.
* [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls ''The Powerpuff Girls Movie'':]] "No apes, monkeys, or talking dogs were harmed in the making of this film."
* WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill: In "Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key", Hank announces to the audience at the end of the episode, "No pipes were harmed in the making of this episode.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', a disclaimer at the end of "Hut Sut Raw" says, "No shrews were harmed during the making of this episode."
* The SeriesFinale of {{Daria}} features a curse removal potion with the disclaimer "No animals were harmed other than the ones we sacrificed."
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The back of a carton of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream states that no monkeys were harmed in the making of this product, although a few bananas may have been roughed up a little...
* Top Gear has t-shirt labels stating that: "These t-shirts were tested on animals. They didn't fit."
* In Great Britain, the horse racing industry gets ''really'' indignant when people, not unreasonably, suggest that persistent losers are routinely converted to petfood so as to get a little money back on a wasted investment. The racing authorities point out that any animal which is so badly injured during a race as to necessitate humane killing is destroyed by the course vets under rigourously humane conditions. The site of an on-course accident is usually screened off so as to spare watchers the sight, but this does ''not'' mean the carcass is then discreetly sold on to Pedigree Petfoods. It is pointed out that pedigree horses bred for racing are usually so full of equine-specific veterinary drugs that if they were turned into petfood, the meat would be poisonous to cats and dogs. (This was also a factor in the horse-meat scandal that affected British supermarkets in 2013.)
* Greyhound racing is dogged by allegations that aging or surplus dogs are un-necessarily routinely put down, not always humanely; dog-racing maintains that old greyhounds do not make suitable family pets and cannot be re-homed when their racing days are over. Animal rights groups dispute this.
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!!Aversions
[[folder:Art]]
* Contemporary "artist" Guillermo 'Habacuc' Vargas, who let a dog starve to death in an "art" exposition.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Averted famously in the classic Jean Renior film ''Film/TheRulesOfTheGame'' during the rabbit hunt.
-->'''RogerEbert:''' The death of one rabbit in particular haunts the film's audiences; its final act is to fold its paws against its chest.
* Sometimes, films are monitored and animals die anyway. For example, a giraffe died of unrelated causes during the filming of ''Zookeeper''. [[http://www.americanhumanefilmtv.org/reviews/zookeeper/ Here's the AHA review.]]
* ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. That's a real water buffalo getting slaughtered.
* In the movie ''OldBoy'', The main character eats a live octopus, yes a real live octopus. (As a matter of fact as many as four octopi gave their life for that scene.)
* The Inuit film ''Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)'' was panned by the American Humane Association because it featured characters cutting up real dead animals and whipping sled dogs. All the animals killed for the movie were used in the traditional Inuit way, and no parts were wasted.
* The exploitation film ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' is infamous for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibal_Holocaust#Animal_cruelty scenes of gratuitous animal death]], among other things.
* To make a horse fall down the stairs in ''AndreiRublev'', the filmmakers shot it in the head. They got it from a slaughterhouse where it was due to be shot the next day.
** They also lit a cow on fire. The fact that, in context, ''this is actually more or less comic relief'' says just...it says ''something'', anyway.
* ''Killer of Sheep''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''Unto A Good Land'' features a scene where Karl Oskar and his son are caught in a snow storm, and to keep his son from freezing to death, Karl Oskar kills the ox pulling their wagon, pulls out the insides and places his son inside the dead ox. The crew got a real ox set to be slaughtered and killed it for real on camera.
* In the 1918 version of ''TarzanOfTheApes'' that is a real lion being killed.
* In the 1925 version of ''Literature/BenHur'' several horses really were killed during the chariot race crash.
** In the early days of Hollywood a common technique for getting horses to fall on cue was to attach a long wire to the horse's fetlocks[[note]]basically the ankle, for those unfamiliar with horse anatomy[[/note]]. When the wire ran out it would yank the horse's leg out from under it and the horse would fall, usually with fatal or at least debilitating results.
* As mentioned above, the 1939 film JesseJames had a blindfolded horse that walked off a cliff and died. This particular incident led to the founding of the American Humane Association.
* Averted ''in-universe'' in ''Film/ThePrestige'', with the disappearing bird cage trick. Played straight by the film's makers, as the crushed sparrow seen when the trick's method of operation is revealed is fake.
* In ''Dracula: Prisoner Of Frankenstein'', there is a scene where a real bat is in a jar and blood starts being poured into the jar. At first the bat seems to enjoy it, happily lapping up the blood, but then they start pouring in too much and it panics as it starts to drown in it. It's not known whether the bat drowned or not.
* ''Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie'' has "Some goats, pigs, and sheep were nuked during the original photography of some operations."
* The infamous pseudo-nature film ''White Wilderness'' created the Lemming Suicide myth by driving lemmings off a cliff from a rotating turntable and into a river.
* A possible cause for the 1936 ErrolFlynn film ''The Charge of the Light Brigade'' to never be released at home video are the battle scenes which killed and injured lots of horses with trip wires.
* The 1983 Iraqi film ''Al-Mas'ala Al-Kubra'' (a.k.a. ''Clash of Loyalties'') was the last to use the "Running W" technique, in which a horse has an anchored wire attached to its leg and is then brought to a full gallop. This trips the horse and launches its rider off when the wire reaches its limits. This frequently killed the horse.
* In ''Film/TheBeastmaster'', Sultan, the tiger who played Ruh, died two years after the movie due to complications from the black dye they used to cover his fur, since they apparently didn't know it was toxic or realize that [[EpicFail even large cats]] [[ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare tend to lick their own fur]]. As a result the tiger in the second movie is normally colored and a different animal.
* 27 animals were said to have died in the production of ''TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' due to bluffs, sinkholes and jagged fencing.
** According to ''Website/{{Cracked}}.com'''s article: [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_817_23-outrageous-marketing-lies-you-see-every-day 23 Outrageous Marketing Lies You See Every Day]] explains that those 27 animals died from dehydration, exhaustion, and drowning during a break in the filming of the movie. The American Humane Association claims that they monitored all the "Significant animal action", and that no animals were harmed during the ''[[ExactWords actual filming]].''
* At least two horses died during the filming of ''MissouriBreaks'', and several more were injured. (One was drowned, and the other one had to be put down after being crippled by a tripwire.)
* In ''Tintorera'', a Mexican ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]], real sharks were killed.
* The intro of ''Seed'' displays footage of actual animal cruelty (raccoons being beaten, a skinned dog, a mink being flayed and stomped) borrowed from [=PETA=].
* A rabbit was slaughtered in ''Film/{{Nekromantik}}''.
* In the ''Film/PinkFlamingos'' DVD, John Waters says the following regarding the chicken scene: "Animal rights activists always say to me, "How could you kill a chicken for a movie?" Well, I eat chicken and I know the chicken didn't land on my plate from a heart attack. We bought the chicken from a farmer who advertised freshly killed chicken. I think we made the chicken's life better. It got to be in a movie, it got fucked, and then right after filming the next take, the cast ate the chicken!"
* In the original ''[[Film/FridayThe13th1980 Friday the 13th]]'' a scene where a camper cuts off the head of a snake is real; the owner and handler of the harmless bull snake was not told and reportedly had to be held back by several crew members upon witnessing the scene.
* The '70s horror film ''Stanley'' revolves around the eponymous snake's owner, the snakes he sells to others, and what happens when everything goes out of control. Out of the numerous snake deaths shown on scene, the ''only'' fake one is a woman biting a snake's head off. What's more, when a snake is shown eating a rat, the snake was already dead and the rat was being toyed with and tortured by the filmmakers (they only finished the scene and killed it when the crew began feeling physically ill). This, among other reasons, kept the film off DVD until 2012.
* There's a recent controversy about ''LifeOfPi'' where the tiger, King as he's known in real life, was alleged to have nearly drowned during one scene but the AHA still gave the film permission to use the disclaimer. And from other allegations, [[FridgeHorror it wasn't the only time...]]
* A seagull was accidentally killed during the filming of 1969's ''Last Summer''. Star Barbara Hershey was so disturbed by this she spent a couple of years credited as "Barbara Seagull" and even took a pay cut on one of her films when the producers did not want to allow the alternate billing.
* The Danish movie ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236027/ Blinking Lights]]''[[note]]''Blinkende Lygter'' in Danish[[/note]] had one of the main characters, in anger, pull out a pistol and [[DisproportionateRetribution shoot a mooing cow]]. Albeit, a stuntman did it, the cow was real and so was the gun.
* The much-maligned ''The Assassination of Trotsky'' shows a real Mexican bullfight in graphic detail. As if to drive home the unpleasantness, the filmmakers even show the bull being carved up for steaks afterwards.
* ''Film/WakeInFright'' features a violent kangaroo hunt about halfway through. There's some controversy over whether the roos were actually killed for the movie, or whether the filmmakers merely shot footage of a professional cull.
* Creator/SamPeckinpah killed lizards for ''The Ballad of Cable Hogue'' and chickens for ''Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid'' with squibs. Some of his crew members were disgusted by this and begged Peckinpah to stop, to no avail.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[RefugeInAudacity Hilariously subverted]] in [[http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2007/07/02/070702sh_shouts_handey "My Nature Documentary"]], by Creator/JackHandey...
--> ''Show monkey wandering around, injured, lost and alone. Make him trip, using fishing line attached to his leg. (Try to get this on first take, because after that monkey will probably try to bite off fishing line.)''
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* During filming of the 1988 TV-movie ''Bluegrass'', a pregnant mare's labor was induced prematurely so that the birth could be caught on camera. The foal died shortly afterwards, leading to an investigation by the AHA.
* A real dead cow was bought from a slaughterhouse for an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' as the prop one looked too fake.
* During the filming of horse race scenes for the series ''Series/{{Luck}}'' two horses were hurt and had to be euthanized. The production crew was cleared of charges of mistreating the horses and the deaths were attributed to the standard dangers faced by thoroughbred horses during racing. The series premiere even included a (fake) scene where a racehorse breaks a leg during a race and is euthanized on the track. The series does not use the "No animals were harmed" message in its credits. After another horse died during the filming of season two, HBO decided to simply cancel the series due to the bad publicity (and lower than desired ratings).

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[[folder:Video games]]
* In the ''JakAndDaxter'' trilogy movie (a free DVD shipped with copies of ''Jak X: Combat Racing'', providing a look back at and a summary of the previous three games) narrated by [[WeaselMascot Daxter himself]], it's explicitly said, "''Yes'', an [[MixAndMatchCritter ottsel]] WAS harmed during the making of this game!" over images of him facing his usual abuse.
* ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'' ends with "A total of 34 animals were injured or maimed in the making of this game. After all, we could accept nothing less than total and complete realism."
* ''Super Bobido World'' (A VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld GameMod)) has the mesage "Lots of Koopas were hurt in the making of this" in the credits. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON8WUuPWTis As seen here]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Concerned}}'', the notes for one comic featuring a ton of seagulls mentions that said seagulls [[OneHitPointWonder die if you so much as brush them with the physics gun]], then notes that "many, many seagulls were killed in the making of this comic."
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