Written by Michelle Kretzer
director Peter Jackson were hoping people
would forget about the controversy
surrounding The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey at the film's New York
City premiere, he was in for a disappointment. Amidst the crowd that gathered
to watch the cast and crew waltz into the Ziegfeld Theater were PETA members
wearing horse masks and holding up signs that bore unmistakable reminders of
the horses, chickens,
goats, and sheep who reportedly lost their lives during production of The Hobbit.
© Jeffery Harmon
an age of strikingly realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI), there is no
reason for animals even to be present on a movie set, and the deaths of animals during the making of a
film is inexcusable. It isn't as if Jackson didn't know how to make a riveting
blockbuster without using animals: He won a PETA Proggy Award (for progress) for the breathtaking
CGI in King Kong.
has asked New Zealand authorities to investigate the deaths that occurred
during the making of The Hobbit. Meanwhile, you
can help by e-mailing ActionTeam@peta.org to get leaflets and posters of your own, and
hit your local theater to make sure that the film's animal victims are not
PETA's release last week of disturbing whistleblower reports of 27 animal
deaths during the filming of The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey, we have asked authorities in New Zealand, where The Hobbit was filmed, to investigate and pursue appropriate criminal
charges if warranted.
five whistleblowers, all wranglers who worked on the film set, allege the
the AHA monitors who were
supposed to be ensuring the animals' safety were overly friendly with the head trainer—who
was himself distracted by other projects—and the AHA was absent for many of the
animal sequences. Allegedly, three horses died before the AHA investigated and
recommended improvements in housing. The wranglers also report that they voiced
their concerns to the unit production manager but were ignored.
September, PETA contacted the AHA about reported problems on The Hobbit set, but we've yet to receive
a response. PETA wrote to director Peter Jackson to find out what, if anything, he knew about the animals' deaths during
production. The man who brought us the superb computer-generated imagery (CGI)
that won him our Proggy (for "progress") Award for King Kong has the ability to make the animals and other interesting creatures in his
movies 100 percent CGI, and PETA calls on him to do so again.
the age of Oscar-winning
digital effects, there is no reason why a single animal should suffer for
a film. Join PETA in urging Jackson to continue to use cutting-edge CGI and
give his assurance that no animal will ever suffer again for one of his movies.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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