19 November 2012 7:40 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Hobbit has found itself in an unexpected controversy. The filmmakers behind the highly anticipated movie trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel are on the receiving end of accusations that they helped to cause the deaths of up to 27 animals that were used in filming, supposedly due to poor living conditions on the farm where they were kept. The Shire will never be the same. Per published reports, several animal wranglers employed in the production allege that the New Zealand ranch near Wellington where Peter Jackson's production company housed and trained the critters had "death traps" in the form of bluffs, sinkholes and broken fences that resulted in a number of »

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