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(Starpulse)   After 27 animals die, Hobbit production team thinks there may be something wrong with the animal's living spaces   (starpulse.com) divider line 95
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2012-11-19 03:17:43 PM  
So ... did they eat them? Preparing for Smaug can make one might hungry.
 
2012-11-19 03:21:41 PM  
Well, so much for that blurb in the credits.
 
2012-11-19 04:37:39 PM  
Like, they seem to stop living when they're in them?
 
2012-11-19 04:46:53 PM  
Maybe the cages are too small?
 
2012-11-19 05:00:17 PM  
Except for the horses that the actors have to actually ride, shouldn't the animals all be CGI anyway, like those shiatty CGI wolves in Twilight? We're conditioned to accept shiatty CGI nowadays.
 
2012-11-19 05:12:01 PM  
Horses, goats, chickens and sheep died on the farms

Ok, how many of the 27 where chickens, cause they don't count.

Wranglers have now come forward to claim they warned the production about the treacherous terrain, but were rebuffed.

Who in the production? Who of the thousands of people who work on a production of this size directly or indirectly? Bankers? Gaffers? Who?

Article is a little slim on details.
 
2012-11-19 05:44:21 PM  

baka-san: 27 where chickens


27 there chickens.
 
2012-11-19 05:48:18 PM  

baka-san: 27 where chickens


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Werechicken
 
2012-11-19 06:05:41 PM  
I really love animals and this sucks.

However the truth is that the director could walk into my house, slap my wife, shiat on the floor, and kick my dogs on the way out and I would still pay to see the Hobbit.
 
2012-11-19 06:07:59 PM  
It's New Zealand. They were probably all sheep.
 
2012-11-19 06:11:26 PM  
PETA? May the hair on their toes never fall off.
 
2012-11-19 06:12:02 PM  

Nadie_AZ: So ... did they eat them? Preparing for Smaug can make one might hungry.


I don't know about that.
 
2012-11-19 06:14:38 PM  
IN THEEEEE AAAAAAAARMMSSSS OFF THEEE AAAAANGEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLS
FLY AWAAAAAAAAAAAAY FROOOOM HEEEEEEEEEREEEE
 
2012-11-19 06:15:54 PM  
Horses, goats, chickens and sheep died on the farms

And the craft services crew will boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew.
 
2012-11-19 06:17:38 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Horses, goats, chickens and sheep died on the farms

And the craft services crew will boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew.


Ian McKellen quoted by a reporter: "How I long for a bit of man-flesh!"
 
2012-11-19 06:20:25 PM  

Fano: Ian McKellen quoted by a reporter: "How I long for a bit of man-flesh!"


I always pictured Ian McKellen as the kind of guy who would yell "FLY, YOU FOOLS!" right before biting into his Chicken McNuggets.
 
2012-11-19 06:20:38 PM  
Oh sure, you could say that some goats, chickens and sheep died, but when you find out most of them were killed in automobile wrecks or by suicide, and that their death rate was actually a little lower than that of the general population of barnyard critters, will you remain concerned?
 
2012-11-19 06:22:07 PM  
"Wranglers have now come forward to claim they warned the production about the treacherous terrain, but were rebuffed."

"He also stated the production moved to improve conditions for the animals after the deaths."


This seems like there was a miscommunication in the production that they resolved.

Although I may be biased because I can't wait to see the Hobbit and I don't like PETA.
 
2012-11-19 06:23:05 PM  
Oh GTA V's release is going be great on the PETA front then..
 
2012-11-19 06:27:26 PM  
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2012-11-19 06:28:46 PM  

Fano: Nadie_AZ: So ... did they eat them? Preparing for Smaug can make one might hungry.

I don't know about that.


You don't know about that...
 
2012-11-19 06:29:23 PM  
The ponies!! The ponies!!
 
2012-11-19 06:30:34 PM  
So, wait, the animals kept falling into the sinkholes?

Were they stabling blind horses?
 
2012-11-19 06:32:22 PM  
and not a chick was given that day
 
2012-11-19 06:38:50 PM  

nytmare: Oh sure, you could say that some goats, chickens and sheep died, but when you find out most of them were killed in automobile wrecks or by suicide, and that their death rate was actually a little lower than that of the general population of barnyard critters, will you remain concerned?


I ate a chicken yesterday - should I not have done that?
 
2012-11-19 06:50:08 PM  

kertus: nytmare: Oh sure, you could say that some goats, chickens and sheep died, but when you find out most of them were killed in automobile wrecks or by suicide, and that their death rate was actually a little lower than that of the general population of barnyard critters, will you remain concerned?

I ate a chicken yesterday - should I not have done that?


piker. i slaughtered three turkeys yesterday. and i don't regret any of it.

/srsly, one of them dressed out to 45 pounds or so. we were lucky that big sonofabiatch went down without a fight cause that would have been uuuugly.
 
2012-11-19 06:59:08 PM  

Treygreen13: IN THEEEEE AAAAAAAARMMSSSS OFF THEEE AAAAANGEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLS
FLY AWAAAAAAAAAAAAY FROOOOM HEEEEEEEEEREEEE


Fark me!!!!!....I hate that commercial..I have to change the channel or risk my tough guy persona failing...but thanks for the lolz
 
2012-11-19 06:59:43 PM  

nytmare: Oh sure, you could say that some goats, chickens and sheep died, but when you find out most of them were killed in automobile wrecks or by suicide


Is chicken suicide a big problem?

I can see that many would die in car wrecks since their eye-wing coordination is not good and it is hard for them to slam on the brakes with their little chicken legs. But chicken suicides?
 
2012-11-19 07:00:43 PM  

PainInTheASP: Well, so much for that blurb in the credits.


They can still use it. "No animals were harmed in the making of this film." Technically true. None were harmed while filming.

I hope they learn from this and take more care. Pretty disgusting that so many died. Except the chickens. Who cares?

I'm still going to see it.
 
2012-11-19 07:03:19 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Is chicken suicide a big problem?


The pecking order is a vicious cycle..
 
2012-11-19 07:05:53 PM  
So rename the animal living space to animal hospice. Problem solved.
 
2012-11-19 07:14:26 PM  

Somaticasual: tenpoundsofcheese: Is chicken suicide a big problem?

The pecking order is a vicious cycle..


Chicken cannibalism is a major problem at industrial farms. Really, any time you pack too many animals into a confined space, they start to eat each other.
 
2012-11-19 07:14:47 PM  
I wonder if the wings I'll be having later came from chicken suicides or if they were amputated because they could not be saved from all the car accidents mentioned.
 
2012-11-19 07:15:21 PM  
Horses, goats, chickens and sheep

This is going to be the worst adaptation of all time. Remember that bit where Bilbo and the gang visited a petting zoo? No? Well it's in the movie anyway.
 
2012-11-19 07:34:32 PM  

moothemagiccow: Horses, goats, chickens and sheep

This is going to be the worst adaptation of all time. Remember that bit where Bilbo and the gang visited a petting zoo? No? Well it's in the movie anyway.


Yeah, cause no Hobbit in their right mind would dare keep livestock on their farm. WTF is up with all these changes for the sake of the cinema?!
 
2012-11-19 07:48:19 PM  
Not cool. If your wrangler leaves because conditions are bad, you need to have a sitdown with the production crew.
 
2012-11-19 07:50:24 PM  
The animals aren't dead. They're just sleeping.
 
2012-11-19 08:01:50 PM  

ConConHead: moothemagiccow: Horses, goats, chickens and sheep

This is going to be the worst adaptation of all time. Remember that bit where Bilbo and the gang visited a petting zoo? No? Well it's in the movie anyway.

Yeah, cause no Hobbit in their right mind would dare keep livestock on their farm. WTF is up with all these changes for the sake of the cinema?!


Really? Worst of all time? Grow up bro
 
2012-11-19 08:12:19 PM  
Jim: I must have killed more men than Cecil B. DeMille.
 
2012-11-19 08:15:47 PM  
get a more reliable source, particularly one that breaks down the supposed deaths by species, and i might believe you.
 
2012-11-19 08:21:48 PM  
Yeah I'm also going to need a by species breakdown and a how many animals were used in total?

If 23 chickens, 1 goat, 1 sheep, and 2 horses died and say 300 animals were used in total then.....meh.

Also how did they die? Chickens are killed by wild animals all the friggin time, in some areas a death rate of 50% of free range chickens is not unheard of. I'm sure PETA would have thrown an equal fit if the chickens were kept in cages to protect them from foxes, raptors (birds not dinosaurs) etc.
 
2012-11-19 08:23:51 PM  
Peter Jackson sez:

The producers completely reject the accusations that twenty seven animals died due to mistreatment during the making of the films. Extraordinary measures were taken to make sure that animals were not used during action sequences or any other sequence that might create undue stress for the animals involved. Over fifty five per cent of all shots using animals in The Hobbit are in fact computer generated; this includes horses, ponies, rabbits, hedgehogs, birds, deer, elk, mice, wild boars, and wolves.

The American Humane Association (AHA) was on hand to monitor all use of animals by the production. No animals died or were harmed on set during filming.

We regret that some of these accusations by wranglers who were dismissed from the film over a year ago are only now being brought to our attention.
 
2012-11-19 08:29:09 PM  
Maybe those animals had it coming!?
 
2012-11-19 08:29:36 PM  
Hedgehogs were included? Damn... now I HAVE to see the film.
 
2012-11-19 08:51:12 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Yeah I'm also going to need a by species breakdown and a how many animals were used in total?

If 23 chickens, 1 goat, 1 sheep, and 2 horses died and say 300 animals were used in total then.....meh.

Also how did they die? Chickens are killed by wild animals all the friggin time, in some areas a death rate of 50% of free range chickens is not unheard of. I'm sure PETA would have thrown an equal fit if the chickens were kept in cages to protect them from foxes, raptors (birds not dinosaurs) etc.


Seriously. Chickens die all the damn time. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the sheep were killing the chickens too just for the sake of some fun.

/wondering if some of the animals were also just fairly old and just lay down at the end
 
2012-11-19 08:56:23 PM  

moothemagiccow: This is going to be the worst adaptation of all time.


You sound...hyperbolic.
 
2012-11-19 08:56:36 PM  

doctor wu: Maybe those animals had it coming!?


They gotta eat somethin' when they're on the set.
 
2012-11-19 09:04:34 PM  

PainInTheASP: Well, so much for that blurb in the credits.


No (more than 27 or so) Animals were harmed in the filming of this movie.
 
2012-11-19 09:35:50 PM  
FTA: Horses, goats, chickens and sheep died on the farms.

Me: Yum.
 
2012-11-19 09:39:36 PM  

Hot Carl To Go: I really love animals and this sucks.

However the truth is that the director could walk into my house, slap my wife, shiat on the floor, and kick my dogs on the way out and I would still pay to see the Hobbit.


Pretty much this.
 
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