A year has passed since the release of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey – which means it’s also been a year since disturbing allegations came out about the abuse, neglect and death of many animals during its production.
Here’s a reminder of how horses, goats, sheep and other animals suffered during the making of the movie:
Rather than address compassionate people’s concerns, Peter Jackson has brushed off criticism and refused to give assurances that he will stop putting animals at risk. Given the advent of computer-generated … Read more.
Orcas and other sea mammals routinely die prematurely from stress and other captivity-related causes in marine parks and aquariums, such as SeaWorld and Loro Parque.
Despite numerous tragedies, including the deaths of many orcas and trainers, the safety of marine mammals and humans continues to be jeopardised. Blackfish, the new film from Gabriela Cowperthwaite, exposes what lies behind the “entertainment”.
The film tells the story of Tilikum, a performing orca whose captivity led to the deaths of several people. Shocking video footage and emotional interviews explore his extraordinary nature, the cruel treatment of his … Read more.
Whistleblowers report that as many as 27 animals died preventable deaths during production of The Hobbit. Five horses, 12 chickens, a pony and several goats and sheep were reportedly maimed or killed.
Instead of coming clean and vowing to prevent similar tragedies by improving animal treatment on set or, better yet, not using animals in future films at all, Peter Jackson, his fellow producers and production giants Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema made statements that chose to avoid and deny some of the allegations.
Maybe they don’t understand how serious … Read more.
PETA US members converged on the Hollywood premiere of the new movie Zookeeper to remember Tweet, a giraffe who collapsed and died on set during the movie’s production.
An elephant used in the film may also have been abused. Animal Defenders International took video footage of elephants as they were beaten and shocked by trainers at Have Trunk Will Travel, the company that provided the elephant for the movie.
Moviegoers may be surprised to learn that the presence of American Humane Association (AHA) representatives on a movie set is no guarantee … Read more.
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From the same Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire, Project Nim is a documentary about the unsettling life of tragic chimpanzee hero Nim Chimpsky. The film details his life, from being placed as a baby with a human family by Columbia professor Herbert Terrace to learning sign language and displaying proof of cross-species conversations to being shuffled around between many organisations and animal research laboratories as an adult.
We have three pairs of tickets to Project Nim up for grabs at a special preview screening on … Read more.