Animal wranglers working on the set of The Hobbit recently came forth and said that the film’s production resulted in the deaths of twenty seven animals used for filming. Director Peter Jackson and his team have denied these allegations, stating that a hefty amount of time and money went towards ensuring the animals were well taken care of.
According to various reports now circulating, horses, sheep, chickens, and goats died on the farm that served as their housing during filming. The New Zealand farm was reportedly fraught with danger for its unsuspecting occupants, such as bad fences and sinkholes. The wranglers were outraged, claiming that several horses had to be euthanized after falling into sinkholes and breaking bones, while chickens were neglected and killed by predators.
It remains to be seen if this news will impact the The Hobbit‘s performance at the box office, so stay tuned for updates.
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