The caged wolves fit in with the theme of the last movie in the Twilight series, but one animal-rights group didn’t find it entertaining at all.
Those behind The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 wanted to spice up the after-party to their premiere, but one group is not happy with the Twilight crew’s party ideas. PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is upset the party included animals taken out of their natural environment.
“The animal-rights organization has some biting criticism of the post-premiere soiree at L.A. Live on Monday, which included three caged wolves as part of the festivities,” according to Reuters.
The organization said a party is not a place where wild animals should be. They were also upset that the wolves were provided by Hollywood Animals, an organization PETA claimed has been involved with animal mistreatment in the past. According to Reuters, PETA said the group has been “cited for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act for repeatedly failing to provide the animals it exploits with basic veterinary care, proper shelter, food and water.”
PETA asked that those involved with Twilight have more “respect for wildlife” and keep animals out of their festivities.
“Didn’t it dawn on the Twilight event organizers that real wolves do not belong at a party with blaring music and flashing lights?” a spokeswoman for PETA said in a statement to Reuters.
However, the home page of PETA’s website is featuring an unrelated Twilight story, titled, “Twilight Actor Christian Serratos Respects Life by Going Vegetarian.” Serratos is appearing in an ad for the organization and speaks about her love of animals.
“By eating vegetarian, Christian has more energy, helps combat environmental devastation, and saves animals used by the meat industry from a painful life and death,” said Peta.org. “She is continuing her support for all animals in an ad that also honors her Hispanic heritage with an ode to a very cherished holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.”
Neither Hollywood Animals nor Summit Studios (the company behind the Twilight films) has commented on the controversy.