The Hobbit is a magical terrain, but a dangerous place for the four-legged creatures which is filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other death traps. The film is expected to hit theaters within a month, but the much awaited flick is now making headlines for wrong reasons.
Animal wranglers involved in the making of The Hobbit movie trilogy are slamming the production company saying that it is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals. According to them, horses, goats, chickens and one sheep were subjected to dangerous death traps.
However, the American Humane Association, which is supervising animal welfare on the films, says no animals were harmed during the actual filming. They also added that the wranglers’ complaints point to the poor oversight system, which check film sets but not the facilities where the animals are kept and trained.
A spokesman for trilogy director Peter Jackson disclosed the fact that horses, goats, chickens and one sheep died at the farm near Wellington and about 150 animals were housed there for the movies, adding that some of the deaths were from natural causes.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is set to premiere in Wellington next Wednesday, New Zealand and will hit theaters in the United States on December 14.