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Lord of the Rings: Rings Of Power Horse Died On Set After Cardiac Arrest




It's been revealed that a horse that was being used during the filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power died on set last week after suffering a cardiac arrest.

In a statement from an Amazon Studio spokesperson shared by Deadline (thanks GameSpot), it was explained that the horse in question suffered a cardiac arrest while being exercised prior to rehearsal. The horse was seen by both a veternarian and a member of the American Humane Association, who were able to confirm that it passed away due to "cardiac failure". Deadline's sources claim the horse was standing with around 20 other horses before the cardiac arrest occurred.

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They also claim that the horses used in day's filming were supplied by The Devil’s Horsemen, a well-known provider who has supplied countless other productions including Wonder Woman and Game of Thrones. It's also worth noting that this is the first animal death in the company's 50 year History.

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Following the reveal of the horse's death, several animal rights activists have been up in arms about the use of real horses in Entertainment. PETA is one such group that has swiftly condemned the use of horses in The Rings of Power, releasing a statement that has criticized the creators of the show for not using CGI instead. The group has also called on the creators to halt the use of real horses completely, claiming that "no one wants to see a spinoff for TV with torment as the theme".

While there has been no evidence of mistreatment or neglect in this instance, that hasn't stopped many from bringing up The Lord of the Rings' controversial History surrounding animal welfare. It's claimed that up to 30 Animals died during the production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey due to neglect, including pigs, goats, and a few horses. Hopefully, last week's incident was just a freak occurance, and that the rest of the horses taking part in filming are treated with the respect and care that they deserve.

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