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'The Hobbit' Producers

We're NOT to Blame

For 27 Animal Deaths

11/19/2012 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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As many as 27 animals -- from horses to chickens -- died horrific (and preventable) deaths during the production of "The Hobbit" ... this according to people who handled the animals ... though producers say the number has been grossly exaggerated.

Several wranglers who worked on location in New Zealand have come forward -- claiming horses, sheep, goats and chickens died unnecessarily from 2010 to 2011 because the Wellington farm where they were housed was full of dangerous sinkholes, shoddy fencing, and other "death traps."

According to the wranglers, some of the animals -- mostly horses -- would fall into the sink holes and break their backs. At least one horse had to be euthanized.

The wranglers claim several chickens were unprotected and were mauled to death by dogs ... some of the goats froze to death ... and a horse gashed its leg open on an unsafe fence. Other animals allegedly died from eating bad feed, contracting worms or other forms of negligence.

Two wranglers say conditions for the animals were so bad ... they quit in 2011 and complained to the production company about the situation.

A rep for Peter Jackson admitted two of the horse deaths were avoidable -- but says producers "completely reject" accusations that 27 animals died due to mistreatment.

As soon as producers became aware of the animals' living conditions in early 2011, the rep says they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve them.

The American Humane Association investigated the situation later that year and gave the production a passing grade ... noting that no animals died on the set. 

But the AHA admits their grade only reflected on-set conditions -- and not the animals' housing facilities, which the group admits was subpar.

Jackson -- along with "Hobbit" producers -- issued a joint statement to TMZ saying, "We are currently investigating these new allegations and are attempting to speak with all parties involved to establish the truth."

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Cubanelvisimpersonator    

Question: If a hobbit and a human have sex is it beastiality?

518 days ago
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DaDude    

Don't care. Hope they ate em.

518 days ago
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Michael    

When you have actors making $5-10M per movie, it is hard to take care of other aspects of the production!!?? That is disgusting and we should all boycott the movie if/when it comes out. This should never happen and ALL MANAGEMENT should have enough power to make sure **** like this doesn't happen. Then when they realized the story may go public, they spent 100's of $1000's to fix it?? Too little too late....disgusting!!

518 days ago
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Melissa1987    

I hope they at least cooked the horses and ate it. It's immoral to waste food!

518 days ago
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billybob    

"...deaths were avoidable" I can't believe that this motherf* count and rate the deaths of that animals like damages on his studio gear.
On one side, you sell little children big emotions and cuddly Hobbits while the REAL 'cuddly' animals die because some *******s just do not care for cost reasons. THIS is absolutely unacceptable.
I would like to tell this son of a bitch Jackson that his bleeding puss, after i hit him, was avoidable!

518 days ago
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ohboy    

If Jacksons camp admitted to the AVOIDABLE deaths of two horses, then I find it highly plausible that more died and they aren't admitting it. Sad really, when you think about the way these animals died for the sake of producing a movie.

518 days ago
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Crazy Cat Lady    

Absolutely disgusting!!!! This makes me so goddamned mad!!!!! NO EXCUSE for this ****t in this day and age. NONE.

518 days ago
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Shawn    

I am starting to think these producers pay TMZ for bad publicity.

518 days ago
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lovelyadira    

1.2 million babies are killed by abortion and nobody gives a **** about it. Why should we care if animals die?

518 days ago
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sidebar    

That movie should be canned. They cancelled the HBO show (Lucky or some name like that) for horse deaths, this Hobbit movie killed a lot more animals. The Humane Society is a joke too, they didn't check the living conditions but the set was ok? WTF?

518 days ago
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ray    

My bullsh!t detector is working overtime. Let's see, happened between 1 an 2 years ago, Complained to producers, quit in OUTRAGE, and TWO years after the fact, decide it's time to CASH IN. Producers said "go fu@k yourself, so strike back in retaliation by blowing the whistle, after being paid by PETA to lie about numbers and conditions. (wont be the first time PETA has lied about losses.)
Now to the point, animals in lots DIE ALL OF THE TIME. Especially out in the boonies, sh!t happens, get over it. People frequently DIE during filming, but no one makes this big a deal about it. I'm sorry the animals died, but they are ANIMALS!

518 days ago
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Lee    

So why didn't AHA check the living quarters?? Isn't that what they are paid to do? I'll never donate to them again and that is a promise!!!!

518 days ago
13.

Los Pepes    

==What would be really horrific is sitting through this crapfest of a movie

518 days ago
14.

LiLo's boy toy    

I kilt me a chicken Saturday and fried that sucker up.

518 days ago
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Crazy Cat Lady    

"Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." -Arthur Schopenhauer

518 days ago
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