You might remember from this morning that the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been deemed a "death trap" for animals by four wranglers working on the project—and the outrage has subsequently been picked up by PETA. Today, Peter Jackson and the film's producers released a statement in which they roundly denied all claims and "acknowledged the lives lost but said that some perished from natural causes." The short version: We love animals, we spent a bunch of money on animal safety, we make lots of our animals such as hedgehogs out of computers so they're not even real, we are bros with the Humane Society, and we fired those wrangler dudes like a year ago so whatever.
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