Handlers claim that 27 animals 'died while making Hobbit'

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in New Line Cinema’s and MGM's fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in New Line Cinema’s and MGM's fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Contributed - James Fisher

ANIMAL handlers involved in the making of The Hobbit movie trilogy say the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals, largely because they were kept at a farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other "death traps."

The American Humane Association, which is overseeing animal welfare on the films, says no animals were harmed during the actual filming. But it also says the handlers' complaints highlight shortcomings in its oversight system, which monitors film sets, but not the facilities where the animals are housed and trained.

A spokesman for trilogy director Peter Jackson acknowledged that horses, goats, chickens and one sheep died at the farm near Wellington where about 150 animals were housed for the movies, but he said some of the deaths were from natural causes.

The spokesman, Matt Dravitzki, agreed that the deaths of two horses were avoidable, and said the production company moved quickly to improve conditions after they died.


Read more at News.com.au

Topics:  animal cruelty, peter jackson, the hobbit: an unexpected journey



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