We previously mentioned that animal rights groups were incensed over the deaths of 27 animals on the set of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
Though apparently that may not exactly be true.
That actually is completely false according to some Hobbit high-ups.
The producers of The Hobbit released a statement, saying:
"The producers of The Hobbit take the welfare of all animals very seriously and have always pursued the highest standard of care for animals in their charge. Any incidents that occurred that were brought to their attention as regards to this care were immediately investigated and appropriate action taken. This includes hundreds of thousands of dollars that were spent on upgrading housing and stable facilities in early 2011.
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. Over fifty five per cent of all shots using animals in The Hobbit are in fact computer generated; this includes horses, ponies, rabbits, hedgehogs, birds, deer, elk, mice, wild boars, and wolves.
The American Humane Association (AHA) was on hand to monitor all use of animals by the production. No animals died or were harmed on set during filming.
We regret that some of these accusations by wranglers who were dismissed from the film over a year ago are only now being brought to our attention. We are currently investigating these new allegations and are attempting to speak with all parties involved to establish the truth."
What's suspicious is that about ten years ago, during filming of Lord of The Rings, there were similar claims of animal deaths on set.
Those too turned out to be false.
We're sure the truth will all come out soon… we're just glad it seems like no animals were harmed!
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