The Hobbit trilogy caused a great deal of controversy. Many fans felt the filmmakers stretched the story out over three films to cash in on the popularity of the Lord of the Rings series. Others disliked the excess CGI and deviation from the original plot. However, one aspect without much attention was the alleged animal mistreatment on set.
Hollywood doesn’t exactly have a good reputation when it comes to the treatment of animals. Peter Jackson’s epic didn’t do much to restore it, either. Before the release of the first film in the series, multiple reports of animal abuse emerged from the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. People who worked on the movies claimed several animals died as a result of harmful practices and poor living conditions, leading PETA to protest at the premiere.
27 Animals Involved In The Production Apparently Died
Peter Jackson Blamed The Deaths On Animal Wranglers
Jackson Also Said Natural Causes Were To Blame For Some Animal Deaths
Wranglers Claimed A Farm Providing Housing For Animals Was Unsafe
The Uneven Terrain Proved Fatal For Two Horses
Other Animals Died From Digestive Issues And Other Problems