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When it comes to animals starring in Hollywood films, we tend to assume that they’re treated with the same care that the biggest stars are, but that isn’t always the case. In more circumstances than necessary, in fact, animal actors are injured and even killed on set. Is it fair that our furry friends make the ultimate sacrifice for our entertainment? Here are some films where, sadly, animals were hurt during production.

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

In 2011 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey shot in New Zealand, and there weren’t just animals injured, there were deaths. A total of 27 animals including sheep and goats died during production from either drowning, dehydration, or exhaustion. Despite the deaths the film was given the credit that they “monitored all of the significant animal action. No animals were harmed during such action.”

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2. Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now was one of Francis Ford Coppola’s most intense films, and a lot of the cast felt the heat. At one part in the film there is a ceremonial slaughter of a buffalo which actually took place. The only upside is that the Ifugao tribe in the Philippines where the film was shot were planning the slaughter whether it was filmed or not, but that doesn’t mean that the American Humane Association approved. They didn’t.

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