During the process of making the movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” there were 27 deaths of animals. There is no specific reason or reasons why these animals suddenly died, but PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, believes that the reason why these animals died was because of how they were treated, and where they were sheltered. The animal handlers who worked on the set accused the director, Peter Jackson and his production company of animal cruelty and that they were responsible for the deaths of the animals. The handlers said that the animals were kept at a farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other “death traps.” Senior Natalie Kurtz spoke about these incidents.
“It is just morally wrong,” Kurtz said. “Nothing is worth an animal’s life, especially not a movie.”
PETA wrote letters to Peter Jackson regarding their concerns for the animals, and in the letters they said…
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