Notorious TV and film accidents

Horse dies on set of 'Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power,' PETA condemns "exploiting animals for their art"

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27/03/23 | StarsInsider

MOVIES Accidents

A lot goes into making good media. Producing a film or TV show takes blood, sweat, and tears. Sometimes the process can seriously injure a member of the cast or crew, or even claim an innocent life.

A production horse has died of cardiac arrest during rehearsals for the 'Lord of the Rings' prequel series 'The Rings of Power.' “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a production horse died,” an Amazon Studios spokesperson announced. “The incident took place in the morning whilst the horse was being exercised prior to rehearsals. The trainer was not in costume and filming had yet to commence. Both a veterinarian and a representative of the American Humane Association were present at the time. The independent necropsy has confirmed that the horse died of cardiac failure.”

Animal rights organization PETA had a thing or two to say about the horse, which was supplied by respected outfitter The Devil’s Horsemen and which was said to have shown no prior health problems before it died. “It seems that living underground with the orcs is par for the course for the producers of 'The Rings of Power' because they have the option to use CGI, mechanical rigs and other humane methods that wouldn’t run vulnerable horses to death on set,” said Senior Vice President Lisa Lang, per The Hollywood Reporter. “PETA is calling on the show’s creators—and all other producers—to take on a new quest without using any real horses. If they can’t avoid exploiting animals for their art, they should find a new medium, because no one wants to see a spinoff for TV with torment as the theme." 

Explore this gallery to find out which other productions featured cast and crew who were seriously injured or worse during filming.

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