Following Animal Deaths, PETA Calls For Boycott Of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’
In the wake of claims that 27 animals were killed during production of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging fans to boycott the upcoming movie in protest of animal mistreatment on movie sets. “We have an industry-wide problem here,” said Kathy Guillermo, PETA’s senior vice president. “It’s so widespread, and filmgoers aren’t being informed.” In a phone interview, Guillermo said the 27 animal deaths — which included chickens, goats, sheep and horses — was the largest number of animal deaths she’d ever heard of for a single production. Earlier this year, production on HBO’s horse-racing drama “Luck” was suspended after three horses died during production. After that story was reported, Guillermo said PETA was contacted by “whistleblower” wranglers who worked on “The Hobbit” production near Wellington, New Zealand. She said one wrangler, Johnny Smythe, first reported the animal deaths last year, but the story did not travel beyond the local press…MORE
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