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Tell Filmmakers that Hurting and Killing Animals for a Film is Unacceptable

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Originally Posted: November 26, 2012

Tell Filmmakers that Hurting and Killing Animals for a Film is Unacceptable

[Ed. Note: Read 27 Animals Killed During “The Hobbit”...]

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

ACTION

Whistleblowers have exposed the facts that during the film of The Hobbit, in all, 5 horses, 12 chickens, 1 pony, and several goats and sheep were allegedly maimed or killed. Send a message to filmmakers that hurting and killing animals for a film is unacceptable and refuse to support any movies that use live animals. Urge Peter Jackson to hold himself and his production staff responsible when it comes to animal safety in movies.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4468

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Peter Jackson's production company:
WingNut Films P.O. Box 15-208
Miramar
Wellington 6003
New Zealand
phone (011) 6443889939
fax (011) 6443889449
reception@wingnutfilms.co.nz

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters this December, audiences will be presented with an adventure story set in a fantasy world. For the animals involved in the filming, however, the abuse and neglect they experienced were far too real. In all, 5 horses, 12 chickens, 1 pony, and several goats and sheep were allegedly maimed or killed.

How can something like this happen when the unit production manager was warned and the production was monitored by the American Humane Association? What’s worse, this is a Peter Jackson – yes, the master of computer-generated imagery (CGI) – production. In a movie featuring CGI dragons, ogres, and hobbits, CGI animals would have fit in perfectly. He could have made The Hobbit without using a single animal – and he should have.

Send a message to filmmakers that hurting and killing animals for a film is unacceptable and refuse to support any movies that use live animals. Urge Peter Jackson to hold himself and his production staff responsible when it comes to animal safety in movies. Send him a message now! 

Following 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.

The five whistleblowers, all wranglers who worked on the film set, allege the following:

Reportedly, the AHA monitor 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.

In 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.

In 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.


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