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PETA has spoken out against Lord of the Rings film-maker Peter Jackson, alleging the film staff mistreated the animals on set of the highly anticipated film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
PETA reported the death toll of 27 animals to the Associated Press, saying:
“According to whistleblowers from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the following occurred:
The Hobbit director Peter Jackson denies the allegations and issued a statement this morning, saying:
“The producers completely reject the accusations that twenty seven animals died due to mistreatment during the making of the films…Extraordinary measures were taken to make sure that animals were not used during action sequences or any other sequence that might create undue stress for the animals involved.”
PETA is urging animal rights activists to send a message to Peter Jackson, as well as asking people not to see the film in an effort to defy animal cruelty on film sets.
It all makes me wonder, just how much sacrifice goes into making a good film? PETA even poses the question, why didn’t Peter Jackson – known for using outstanding visual effects in the Lord of the Rings trilogy – make the most of the wonderful CGI he uses to craft dragons and other mythical creatures, if the real animals weren’t behaving how he wanted them to?