PETA files lawsuit claiming DreamWorks Animation has enslaved dragons to perform against their will in upcoming How to Train Your Dragon 2.
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PETA has filed a lawsuit claiming the dragons used in DreamWorks Animation’s 2010 hit How to Train Your Dragon and upcoming 2014 sequel were forced to perform against their will and are being held as slaves, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment. PETA filed a similar lawsuit in 2011 against SeaWorld, claiming five wild-caught killer whales forced to perform at the amusement park were in fact being held as slaves. That lawsuit was dismissed back on February 8th, 2012, with a single word finding – “Really?”
DreamWorks released a short statement, claiming, “From concept design, to rough layout, to modeling, rigging, animation, lighting, rendering and compositing, our artists set the standard for caring and humane cryptozoological stewardship of imaginary creatures of all kinds. It has always been this studio’s policy to provide the highest quality of imaginary care for all our imaginary animated characters.” The release went on to conclude, “If Toothless, Gronkle or any of the dragons in our films actually existed, and if they existed, could talk, they would assure the court and the general public that working with our studio has been a tremendously rewarding experience.”