By Tim Kenneally
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - PETA is sinking its teeth into "Breaking Dawn: Part 2." Or at least the after-party for the highly anticipated vampire movie.
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.
(For those unfamiliar with the "Twilight" films, werewolves feature prominently in the story, along with vampires.)
"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 the organization told TheWrap in a statement Monday.
PETA was additionally incensed by the fact that Hollywood Animals, which the organization accuses of animal mistreatment, was chosen to provide the creatures for the bash.
"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," the statement continues. "We hope the rest of the promotional events surrounding 'Breaking Dawn' celebrates the brilliant work of the cast and crew and shows enough respect for wildlife to leave animals out of it."
Hollywood Animals has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment. Nor has Summit, the studio behind the hugely successful "Twilight" film franchise.
The after-party brouhaha notwithstanding, PETA and the "Twilight" franchise have had a positive relationship in the past. "Twilight" stars Kellan Lutz and Christian Serratos have both appeared in ads for the organization.