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'Breaking Dawn' Premiere Party's Caged Wolves Stunt Sparks Outrage Among Animal Lovers

by Maressa Brown on November 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

twilight werewolvesHollywood loves any excuse for a party. Especially a premiere party. Especially a premiere party for a HUUUUGELY anticipated blockbuster like Breaking Dawn: Part 2. I used to cover such parties for Variety, and each premiere party would be more extravagant than the next. It was almost as if the studios believed that by wooing the press with a more impressive party, they'd automatically get bigger box office returns.

That's why it doesn't exactly surprise me that the Breaking Dawn: Part 2 festivities held earlier this week featured three caged wolves. Yup. That's right. Real, live wolves. In cages. (Not just Taylor Lautner in a wolf suit.) No wonder PETA is howling about it now. They have every right to!

A PETA spokeswoman released a statement noting, "Didn't it dawn on the 'Twilight' event organizers that real wolves do not belong at a party with blaring music and flashing lights?" And elaborated that matters were made even worse by the fact that the wolves were provided by Hollywood Animals, "a notorious exhibitor that 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." Ugh, disgusting!

Talk about BAD publicity. I'm pretty sure this is NOT what Summit had in mind when they green-lit this huge-scale soiree. And stars Kellan Lutz and Christian Serratos must not be too happy right now either, being that they've both appeared in PETA ads in the past.

There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it: Caged wolves did not belong at this party, and although PETA may love to squawk about a lot of things the general public isn't so offended by, this is a different story. People genuinely care about how animals are treated in show biz. Not that there's going to be a "next time" when it comes to the Twilight Saga, but hopefully the producers have still learned their lesson by getting called out on this. In the future, a film and its cast and crew should be enough to sell the hype.

Are you turned off by this?


Image via Summit

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  • dirti...
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    dirtiekittie

    November 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    i'm all for animal rights (and i'm sure i'll get bashed for this, oh well) but i don't see the big deal. they weren't killing the wolves, they weren't making them dance around and do stupid tricks... and i'd be willing to bet with all those celebrities there was probably at least one or two that had some leather accessories, maybe a fur wrap or something? i dunno, i just feel like PETA overreacts to so much, that when it's a serious issue, people tend to only half listen because of all the other times they've cried wolf (haha, see what i did there? ;))


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    Megan Lee

    November 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I'm not a PETA fan, they're a sketchy organization.
    But I think it's pitiful that they used live, caged wild animals as props at a party with blaring music and lots of traffic...
    How do you think the wolves must've felt?


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    April Cole

    November 15, 2012 at 4:38 PM
    i think it's just a reason for people to complain.
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    ashes2ashes831

    November 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM
    Another PETA excuse to freak out.
  • Jenni...
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    Jennifer Kash-Miller

    November 15, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    It isn't like they were being poked at with sticks or rocks thrown at them.   Get a life, it may not be politically correct but it wasn't like they were skinning them for their fur either.   Too many more serious things in life to worry about, like thinking a fetus isn't a baby, it has a heart beat and little arms and legs, so get real people.

     


  • Jesse
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    Jesse

    November 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM
    I've worked with wolves. No matter how tame or trained they are, they are still wild animals and I can tell you from experience that noise, activity and unusual situations will terrify them. Putting wild animals in cages at parties is nothing short of abuse.
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    Courtney Paige Neale

    November 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Wow. Peta can be extreme, but isn't it also extreme to have caged animals at a party??? That would bring my mood down real quick, though I am a huge animal lover.


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    Courtney Paige Neale

    November 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I'm kind of disgusted by these comments....I don't even subject my pets to loud music.


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    hellokd87

    November 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    No animal should be put in a cage, much less one that belongs in the WILD with loud music, people talking loudly OVER the music and the strobe lights, whatever whatever that comes with a Hollywood party. It seems that people don't place value with animals lives', and that needs to change. Here where I live there was a news story about wild cats wandering into a small town out in the middle of nowhere and people were arguing over whether or not they should be shot when they come into their property. My fiancee (who is not as much as an animal advocate as I am) got upset and said, "Well, aren't the animals in THEIR OWN property? Should the wild cats shoot the people for building on THEIR property WITHOUT permission?" 'Tis true.


  • carly
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    carly

    November 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM
    Yeah guys, lets bring abortion into this argument *eye roll*
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