HBO Wanted More Horse Porn On This Week’s SILICON VALLEY

Exec: "Great episode, but we have one note."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, PETA is none too pleased with HBO's Silicon Valley at the moment, thanks to a scene in the show's May 1st episode wherein two horses boned onscreen.

While the American Humane Association was on-hand for the filming of the sequence (and handed down a "No Animals Were Harmed" certification for the shoot), the folks at PETA apparently feel differently:

"According to PETA spokesperson Lisa Lange, 'It may seem fun, but the mares are tethered during the process with no means of escape and the stallions are puton a lead rope and dragged to the mares to be mounted. Neither the stallions or the mares have any choice, it’s assembly line breeding for profit. … There’s an overpopulation crisis in racing as most horses will not win races, and are therefore discarded and sent on hideous journeys by truck in all weather to Mexico or Canada to be turned into meat.'”

It's unlikely HBO will take PETA's complaint to heart. Incredibly, Silicon Valley creator Mike Judge says the network actually requested more red-hot horse-on-horse action:

“I actually have an email from [senior vp comedy programming] Amy Gravitt where she said, ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but can we have more screen time with the horses having sex?’” the show’s creator Mike Judge tells The Hollywood Reporter. “So we put in more shots."

The American Humane Association, meanwhile, says that the sequence was filmed "naturally, documentary style, on an actual horse breeding farm with no interference with the animals in any way by production." They stand by their ruling on the certification, and note that "an American Humane Association Certified Animal Safety Representative was on set during the filming of the scene, as was a veterinarian who checked both horses prior to shooting the scene". 

Silicon Valley airs Sunday nights on HBO. If you're not already watching it, you probably will now.

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