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Animal welfare group PETA has called on Hobbit filmmaker Peter Jackson to make a pledge that he will only use CGI-created animals in future movies. PETA was recently told by a whistleblower of alleged animal welfare issues during filming of The Hobbit trilogy, including claims that as many as 27 animals had died during production. Jackson and his co-producers strongly denied the allegations in a statement released on Monday (November 19), saying: "Any incidents that occurred that were brought to [producers'] attention as regards to [animal] care were immediately investigated and appropriate action taken." PETA has now said in a statement obtained by The Wrap: "[Peter] Jackson should be giving a firm (more) »


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