Hobbit animals not mistreated, says Peter Jackson

The director has denied claims by animal handlers that 27 animals used in the filming of The Hobbit in New Zealand may have died due to mistreatment

Peter Jackson, the director of upcoming fantasy film trilogy The Hobbit, has denied claims that 27 animals used in the production may have died due to poor treatment.

Animal handlers who worked on the set of the Lord of the Rings prequel project have accused Jackson's production company of responsibility for the deaths of horses, goats, chicken and sheep, mainly because the creatures were kept at a farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other "death traps".

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) is threatening to protest at the New Zealand, Us and UK premieres of the forthcoming debut instalment in the triptych, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and has written to Jackson stating its concerns.

In response, the New Zealand film-maker issued a
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