The Three Musketeers criticized for the massacre of partridges on the set

According to the association For an Ethics in the Treatment of Animals (PETA), witnesses denounced the death of birds devoured by dogs during the filming. The production ensures that everything is done to ensure that this “don’t happen again“.

According to witnesses heard by the Peta association (For an ethics of animal treatment), which fights for animal rights, partridges were killed during the filming of Martin Bourboulon’s films, The three Musketeers . The birds would have been thrown in the air for the needs of a scene, before landing in trees and on a waterhole. They would then have been attacked by dogs provided by animal trainer Muriel Bec. Dogs reportedly caught and ate some of the birds.

Faced with the protests of certain members of the film crew, the trainer would have affirmed that the partridges were not “only poultry for hunting”, according to testimonies collected by Peta. One of the witnesses would have chosen to resign after this incident.

“If these accusations are true, vulnerable partridges were killed and then eaten by dogs on the set of Three Musketeers, as if we were still in the Middle Ages”, said Isabelle Goetz, spokeswoman for Peta France. “No animal has to sacrifice its life for a film and Peta asks Martin Bourboulon to cut this abominable scene in the editing and to commit to using the multiple advanced technologies available for all his future films.” The association which fights for the rights of animals also wrote to the director Martin Bourboulon to ask him to carry out an internal investigation into the facts denounced.

Contacted by Le Figaro, the production was embarrassed and seemed to half-acknowledge the incident, claiming that it “takes animal protection very seriously» and that she «adjusted the staging of this sequence to ensure that it does not happen again”.

Entrusted to director Martin Bourboulon (Dad or Mom, Eiffel), based on an adaptation by Mathieu Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patelière, this new version of Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is one of the largest productions launched in France in recent months, with a budget of 60 million euros. Divided into two feature films (D’Artagnan and Milady), whose filming is still continuing in recent days, the film aligns an invigorating cast, notably with Pio Marmaï, Romain Duris, Vincent Cassel, Eva Green and François Civil. Both episodes are scheduled for releases in April and December 2023.


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