2:24pm PT by THR Staff
PETA on 'Hobbit' Animal Abuse Charges: Wranglers' Concerns Were Ignored
PETA says Peter Jackson is "attempting to deflect" charges of animal abuse during the filming of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
In a statement, the group - which is planning protests at the film's premieres in the U.S., U.K. and New Zealand - says whistleblowers' concerns about the welfare of animals during the shoot were ignored.
PETA's full statement is below: