American Humane Association Calls Animal Deaths On The Hobbit Unacceptable; Renews Call To Extend Monitoring Off The Set As Well As On

Because of American Humane Association’s monitoring of the animal action which included having a licensed veterinarian on the scene, no animals were harmed on set during filming of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” However, upon learning of injuries and deaths of animals while being housed at a working farm 186 miles from the main set and 26 miles from the soundstage, American Humane Association went beyond its jurisdiction and authority to visit, examine and make safety recommendations and improvements to the farm. These recommendations were implemented a year ago, bringing a higher level of animal welfare to all animals living on the site into the future.

“We must bring the same high degree of safety and humane treatment that has been achieved on the set to animals throughout their life, including training, housing, and safe, dignified retirement,” says Ganzert. “We owe it to these hard-working and beloved members of our community, just as we work to take care of their human counterparts. Anything less is unacceptable.”

American Humane Association’s legendary “No Animals Were Harmed(R)” program was founded in 1940 and protects some 100,000 animals on 2,000 sets each year with a 99.98 percent safety rate, keeping a watchful eye on the welfare and humane treatment of animals in filmed entertainment.

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect.

SOURCE American Humane Association