Josh Ruffell is a Los Angeles based Wildlife Consultant and animal trainer for movie and television productions. Josh Ruffell leverages over 25 years of experience working with reptiles, including venomous and nonvenomous species, to advise on-set personnel on proper handling and care techniques to ensure animal safety and welfare.
Ensuring animal safety during filming begins in the pre-production phase. Cast and crew may be educated on the regulations and guidelines outlined in the federal Animal Welfare Act. The exact information will vary depending on the type of animal in the film and applicable state and local laws.
Any use of animals must not cause harm solely for filming purposes. Professional wildlife and animal consultants help filmmakers comply with industry-mandated animal handling regulations. This may include potentially using computer generated images of animals (CGI) or doubles for more dangerous scenes, and minimizing on-set distractions as much as possible.