Image Source: Warner Bros. 

BY MADISON MACK
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

It seems Dwarves and Hobbits aren’t the only creatures susceptible to the perils of Middle Earth. The producers of The Hobbit are under fire for the treatment of some animals used in the production of the film.  

“Wranglers who worked on the set in New Zealand say up to 27 animals died on the farm where they were being keep during shooting."

In fact, four different wranglers have expressed their concern, including Chris Lanridge, who was hired in 2010 to oversee more than 50 horses off the set. Entertainment Weekly says he...

“... immediately became concerned that the farm was full of ‘death traps.’ He said he tried to fill in some of the sinkholes, made by underground streams, and even brought in his own fences to keep the horses away from the most dangerous areas. Ultimately, he said, it was an impossible task.”

Gawker reports the bluff and sinkhole-filled farmed claimed the lives of

- “Rainbow, a miniature horse, was euthanized when he broke his back after falling off a bank.”
- “Claire, a full-sized real horse, died after falling over a bluff.”
- “six goats and six sheep died after falling into sinkholes or developing worms”


A spokesman for the director acknowledged the deaths saying the deaths of two horses were avoidable but others were due to natural causes. They also said steps were taken to prevent similar incidents from happening again. (Via YouTube)

But the American Humane Association, the group which oversees the animal welfare on films, says the complaints underline some shortcomings with their current system.

“They monitor film sets but not the facilities where the animals are housed and trained at the time.”  

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14.





 

 

‘The Hobbit’ Producers Under Fire For Deaths of 27 Animals

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Nov 19, 2012

‘The Hobbit’ Producers Under Fire For Deaths of 27 Animals

Image Source: Warner Bros. 

BY MADISON MACK
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

It seems Dwarves and Hobbits aren’t the only creatures susceptible to the perils of Middle Earth. The producers of The Hobbit are under fire for the treatment of some animals used in the production of the film.  

“Wranglers who worked on the set in New Zealand say up to 27 animals died on the farm where they were being keep during shooting."

In fact, four different wranglers have expressed their concern, including Chris Lanridge, who was hired in 2010 to oversee more than 50 horses off the set. Entertainment Weekly says he...

“... immediately became concerned that the farm was full of ‘death traps.’ He said he tried to fill in some of the sinkholes, made by underground streams, and even brought in his own fences to keep the horses away from the most dangerous areas. Ultimately, he said, it was an impossible task.”

Gawker reports the bluff and sinkhole-filled farmed claimed the lives of

- “Rainbow, a miniature horse, was euthanized when he broke his back after falling off a bank.”
- “Claire, a full-sized real horse, died after falling over a bluff.”
- “six goats and six sheep died after falling into sinkholes or developing worms”


A spokesman for the director acknowledged the deaths saying the deaths of two horses were avoidable but others were due to natural causes. They also said steps were taken to prevent similar incidents from happening again. (Via YouTube)

But the American Humane Association, the group which oversees the animal welfare on films, says the complaints underline some shortcomings with their current system.

“They monitor film sets but not the facilities where the animals are housed and trained at the time.”  

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14.





 

 

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