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Peter Jackson Denies Hobbit Animal Abuse Charges Hours Before NZ Premiere

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Deny, deny, deny, DENY! What else can Peter Jackson do?

The Hobbit director continues to deny PETA and animal wrangler claims of animal abuse and he didn't pull any punches during a press conference hours before the New Zealand premiere.

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PETA Wants New Zealand To Probe Hobbit Abuse Claims

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The investigation continues!!!

PETA is once again leading the charge against animal cruelty, taking their claims against The Hobbit one step further.

As reported last week, PETA and Hobbit producers are playing "he said, she said" over the rumored deaths of 27 animals during filming of the Bilbo Baggins flick.

In a letter dated November 20, PETA has asked New Zealand officials to probe into the abuse allegations

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New Line And Warner Bros. Defend Peter Jackson Amid Animal Welfare Scandal

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Well, what else are they gonna do?!

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. are sticking with Peter Jackson and The Hobbit producers, amid the flick's animal welfare debacle.

As reported earlier, animal wranglers claim 27 animals died during filming. Even Seth MacFarlane has gotten in on the mix!

But Peter Jackson has denied the claims publicly on Facebook and now it's the studios' turn.

New Line and WB issued a joint statement, which reads:

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Seth MacFarlane Tweets His Support For Hobbit Animal Wranglers!

seth-macfarlane-tweets-hobbit-wrangler-support-web.jpgSeth MacFarlane is applauding the animal wranglers of The Hobbit for speaking out against the reported 27 deaths during filming…

And we're applauding him for applauding them! Say that 10x fast!

The Family Guy creator and future Oscar host tweeted his approval of the animal handlers' voicing their concern.

He tweets:

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Peter Jackson Defends Hobbit's Animal Use On Facebook

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Looks like a can of worms has been opened!

First, we reported that The Hobbit's production company was being accused of 27 animals deaths during film.

THEN, the producers fired back at the claims, denouncing them as false.

NOW, it looks like this relationship has gotten Facebook official.

Peter Jackson has taken to Facebook to help protect his film's rep. He has released a fuller statement along with personal accounts from the owner of the farm where the animals were stored between takes as well as actors in the film.

The statement reads:

The Hobbit production has always instituted swift and immediate investigations in to any concerns of any kind over the treatment of animals under its care. A prompt and thorough investigation into the recent unsubstantiated allegations by the American organisation, PETA, in to the ‘hobbling’ of a horse during the making of The Hobbit was undertaken.

No evidence of such a practice was found to have occurred at any time.

Check out the rest of the statement AFTER THE JUMP!!!!

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27 Animal Deaths Reported During The Hobbit's Filming

Filed under: Film FlickersPETAAnimal RightsHorsesAnimal CrueltyChickensSheepGoat

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Sad….it might just be best to LEAVE ANIMALS OUT OF FILMS!

The animal wranglers employed by The Hobbit trilogy's production company state that the company is responsible for 27 animal deaths.

The workers claim that their animals were kept on a farm full of death traps, including

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