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Animal rights activists are condemning the death of a horse on the set of Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” The incident occurred on March 21st, and while Amazon Studios released a statement confirming the situation, it did not quell the concerns of groups like PETA. The horse suffered cardiac arrest while standing with about 20 other horses, and while a veterinarian and a representative of the American Humane Association were present at the time, the horse could not be saved.
PETA has been quick to issue a statement condemning the incident and urging the entertainment industry to make changes so that productions no longer employ real horses. The group argues that productions have the option to use CGI, mechanical rigs, and other humane methods that wouldn’t run vulnerable horses to death on set. PETA has also called for equine behaviorists to be on set at all times when horses are present.
While PETA has argued that horses should not be used in film or television productions at all, it has stated that if animals must be used, there should be strict safety measures in place to protect them. The incident on the set of “The Rings of Power” is not the first time the group has raised concerns about animal welfare in the entertainment industry.
Director Peter Jackson received criticism around the release of his “Lord of the Rings” prequel, 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” for the death of three horses and a group of other animals during the film’s production. The incident prompted Animal rights groups to call for greater transparency and oversight of animal welfare on film sets.
As consumers, we have the power to advocate for more humane practices in the entertainment industry. We can choose to Support productions that prioritize animal welfare and demand accountability from those that do not. By speaking out and raising awareness about these issues, we can make a difference and push for change.
The death of a horse on the set of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is a tragic reminder of the need for greater oversight and accountability in the entertainment industry. As consumers, we can choose to Support productions that prioritize animal welfare and advocate for more humane practices. Let’s work together to ensure that animals are not exploited for the sake of entertainment and that the industry operates with the utmost respect for all living creatures.
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