Horse Dies on Set of Lord of the Rings Spin-Off Show

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has criticized Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings spin-off series, The Rings of Power, after a horse died during rehearsals for the show’s second season in the United Kingdom. The group called for productions to use Computer-Generated Imagery in place of real animals, claiming that the series was “exploiting animals.” This is not the first time the franchise has been scrutinized for animal deaths on set, as animal wranglers on the set of the 2012 film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" alleged that three horses and other farm animals died during production, leading PETA to launch a petition urging filmgoers to boycott movies where animals had been harmed.