I think my whole life has been leading up to this tbh
What even LOOOL.
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SICKENING! 27 Animals Die Filming The Hobbit Trilogy
As many as 27 animals — from horses to chickens — died horrific (and preventable) deaths during the production of “The Hobbit” … this according to people who handled the animals … though producers say the number has been grossly exaggerated.
Several wranglers who worked on location in New Zealand have come forward — claiming horses, sheep, goats and chickens died unnecessarily from 2010 to 2011 because the Wellington farm where they were housed was full of dangerous sinkholes, shoddy fencing, and other “death traps.”
Four wranglers working with the animals claim they repeatedly raised concerns about the farm peppered with bluffs, sinkholes and broken-down fencing with their superiors and the production company, owned by Warner Bros., but it continued to be used.
Wrangler Chris Langridge said he was hired as a horse trainer in November 2010, overseeing around 50 horses, but 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 but many were still injured.
According to the wranglers, some of the animals — mostly horses — would fall into the sink holes and break their backs. At least one horse had to be euthanized.
The wranglers claim several chickens were unprotected and were mauled to death by dogs … some of the goats froze to death … and a horse gashed its leg open on an unsafe fence. Other animals allegedly died from eating bad feed, contracting worms or other forms of negligence.
Two wranglers say conditions for the animals were so bad … they quit in 2011 and complained to the production company about the situation.
The first horse to die, he said, was a miniature named Rainbow. Mr Langridge added: ‘When I arrived at work in the morning, the pony was still alive but his back was broken. He’d come off a bank at speed and crash-landed. He was in a bad state.’
Rainbow, who had been slated for use as a hobbit horse, was euthanized. A week later, a horse named Doofus got caught in some fencing and sliced open its leg. That horse survived, but Mr Langridge said he’d had enough.
He and his wife, Lynn, who was also working as a wrangler, said they quit in February 2011. The following month, they wrote an email to Brigitte Yorke, the Hobbit trilogy’s unit production manager, outlining their concerns.
Other wranglers caring for the animals used during the making of the film have also spoken out.
Wrangler Johnny Smythe said that soon after his colleague Mr Langridge left, a horse named Claire was found dead with its head submerged in a stream after it fell over a bluff. After that, he said, the horses were put in stables, where a third horse died.
Mr Smythe said no autopsy was performed on the horse, which was named Zeppelin. Veterinary records say the horse died of natural causes, from a burst blood vessel, but Smythe said the horse was bloated and its intestines were full of a yellow liquid. He believes it died of digestive problems caused by new feed.
Mr Smythe added that he buried six goats and six sheep after they fell into sinkholes, contracted worms or died after getting new feed because all the grass had been eaten.
He said the chickens were often left out of their enclosure and that a dozen were mauled to death by dogs on two separate occasions.
Mr Smythe said he was fired in October 2011 after arguing with his boss about the treatment of the animals.
A fourth wrangler, who didn’t want to be named because she feared it could jeopardize her future employment in the industry, said another horse, Molly, got caught in a fence and ripped her leg open, suffering permanent injuries.
The American Humane Association, which has been overseeing animal welfare on the films, currently only monitors film sets but not the facilities where the animals are housed and trained.
The Association said the wranglers’ complaints highlight a fault in its oversight system.
The AHA said in its report on ‘An Unexpected Journey’ that it investigated the farm in August 2011 at the production company’s request.
Mark Stubis, an association spokesman, said: ‘We made safety recommendations to the animals’ living areas.
A rep for Peter Jackson admitted two of the horse deaths were avoidable — but says producers “completely reject” accusations that 27 animals died due to mistreatment.
As soon as producers became aware of the animals’ living conditions in early 2011, the rep says they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve them.
The American Humane Association investigated the situation later that year and gave the production a passing grade … noting that no animals died on the set.
But the AHA admits their grade only reflected on-set conditions — and not the animals’ housing facilities, which the group admits was subpar.
Jackson — along with “Hobbit” producers — issued a joint statement to TMZ saying, “We are currently investigating these new allegations and are attempting to speak with all parties involved to establish the truth.”
alwaysadoptngovegan-This makes me sick to my stomach. Totally inexcusable. I will be boycotting The Hobbit Trilogy & I hope all fellow animal lovers do so too. Though I must admit, boycotting the trilogy isn’t asking much from myself since I thought The Lord of the Rings trilogy was an exercise in boredom. RIP those poor innocent lives lost all in the sake of “entertainment.”
The world doesn’t make sense anymore. I gotta be truthful and say I am clouded by my love for Tolkien’s works. I want to believe Jackson. So badly. But seriously animals being used in entertainment is such a messed-up world. Tolkien has such rich themes of harmony and taking care of nature, that it is sad to think of his legacy being tarnished by avoidable tragedies. blah blah blah.
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Yes, Hobbit fans, it’s true. The much vaunted and now 100% rock solid official third film in Peter Jackson’s new visit to Middle-earth does indeed have a name. And that name is… The Hobbit: There And Back Again. “But… Oh, wise and mighty wizards at Empire,” we hear some of you ask, “Isn’t that the name of the second film? And have you been smoking wizard weed?” Well, it was the name. But now the middle chunk will be called The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
And that’s not all the news that was announced, surprisingly, on a Friday afternoon before a US holiday weekend (surprising as this was not bad news anyone would want to bury). Indeed not: you won’t have to wait as long for film numero three.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives on Dec 14 this year as planned and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug stil hits screens on December 13, 2013. But then the freshly retitled The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be in cinemas on July 18, 2014.
Why the shorter gap? “We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films. Opening in July affords us not only the perfect summer tent pole, but fans will have less time to wait for the finale of this epic adventure,” Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter.