The following are updates from our friends at PETA US on The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey's alleged cruelty
UPDATE (November 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time): Following PETA's release last week of disturbing whistleblower reports
of 27 animal deaths during the filming of The
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we have asked authorities in New Zealand, where The
Hobbit was filmed, to
investigate and pursue appropriate criminal charges if warranted.
UPDATE (November 20, 2012, 4:00 p.m. Eastern time): PETA responds to
Peter Jackson's statement: Five whistleblowers reported more than two
dozen animal deaths during the production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey. They raised concerns not just once but repeatedly to both the head
wrangler and the head of production about the unsafe housing conditions for
animals and about Shanghai the horse, who was hobbled (his legs reportedly tied
together when he proved to be "too energetic" for his rider). But
their concerns were outright ignored.
With the exception of the hobbled horse, all claims of animal injury and
death are directly related to how the animals were housed and fed. Jackson
attempts to deflect these serious charges by talking about the use of animals
during action sequences—even though these damning incidents did not take place
when cameras were rolling. Two horses went over steep embankments and died (one
was found with her head submerged in water), a horse sustained a severe injury
after being put in with other horses despite known problems, sheep broke their
legs in sinkholes, and chickens were mauled by dogs—all instances of extreme
negligence. It seems to PETA that instead of vainly defending himself, Jackson
should be giving a firm assurance that this will never happen again. He is the
CGI master and has the ability to make the animals and other interesting
creatures in his movies 100 percent CGI, and PETA calls on him again to do so.
Send a message to filmmakers that hurting and
killing animals for a film is unacceptable and refuse to see movies that do.
Peter Jackson to hold himself and his crew responsible when it comes to animal
safety on film sets.
Posted by PETA
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