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'Amores perros (2000)' - Are Those Dogs That Got Killed, Real?

Movie: Amores perros (2000)

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

All the dogs that got killed in the movie, are those real?

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Dibyayan: No, all the dogfighting violence in Amores Perros was simulated. There was a short film included on the VHS and DVD releases that indicated how they simulated the dogfighting.

It should be noted that in the UK, the BBFC would have been legally required to cut any scenes of actual dogfighting if the filmmakers had included such scenes, but the filmmakers were able to prove that it was simulated, not real, and the film was released uncut in the UK. From the BBFC's 2001 annual report:
Amores Perros was classified ‘18’ uncut only after careful scrutiny of its dogfighting scenes. The Board was satisfied that they were achieved without cruelty through a mixture of training and careful editing and this conclusion was supported by assurances from the filmmakers and advice from the Animal Humane Association (the equivalent of the RSPCA in America). ... [B]oth the AHA and the Board’s own detailed technical scrutiny supported the conclusion that no animals were in reality cruelly goaded or harmed and the film was passed uncut.
The dogfighting scenes in Amores Perros can be tough to watch, but no actual dogs were harmed in filming them.

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