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Animal Deaths in 'The Hobbit' Were Avoidable

Five horses, a pony, several goats, sheep, and chickens were allegedly maimed or killed in the making of "The Hobbit." A spokesman for the film admitted that the death of two of the horses was avoidable. All the abuse is sickening and could have been avoided if the people making the film really cared about the animals' well-being with whom they were working. Read More

Before you draw any more

Before you draw any more conclusions, here is a New Zealand article containing more information about this case. The wrangler making these accusations was dismissed a year ago, and waited a full year to make the allegations. This meant that the claims could not actually be substantiated by the New Zealand SPCA. The PETA website, while well intentioned, may not be a particularly balanced source of information.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7972548/Animal-welfare-protest...

Before you draw any more

Before you draw any more conclusions, here is a New Zealand article containing more information about this case. The wrangler making these accusations was dismissed a year ago, and waited a full year to make the allegations. This meant that the claims could not actually be substantiated by the New Zealand SPCA. The PETA website, while well intentioned, may not be a particularly balanced source of information.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7972548/Animal-welfare-protest...

This New Zealand report is just a bunch of platitudes ...

This New Zealand report is just a bunch of platitudes and doesn't have any substance at all. And of course the PETA report echoes what other news media have reported. I rarely respond to anonymous postings and I won't in the future but i do appreciate your taking the time to write but really this New Zealand says little if anything.

animals in movies

I believe although there are always cases out there of people abusing their power, there are many more good than bad. Anyone that dedicates their lives to animals, for any cause be it for film work, rehabilitation, entertainment, or otherwise care deeply about the animals. The animals well being is their first priority. Many animals that do this kind of work are more stimulated and well adjusted that animals that just sit in a cage at a zoo with minimal contact. Again, there are always a few bad seeds, but overall these people care about their animals passionately enough to make a career out of it. Animal activism can be a slippery slope of well intention that gets snowballed into a completely different animal. No pun intended.

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Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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