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Protestors and activists are planning to demonstrate at the international premieres for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" after allegations that 27 animals died during filming due to unsafe conditions on the farm where they were being housed, according to The Daily Mail.

In response, Peter Jackson has issued a strongly-worded statement denying those claims.

"The producers completely reject the accusations that twenty seven animals died due to mistreatment during the making of the films," the statement reads. "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."

While the American Humane Association, which oversees the use of animals on film sets, has verified that no animals were harmed during the actual filming of the movies, several animal wranglers who worked on Peter Jackson's epic trilogy have alleged that a number of animals »

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