PETA Sues DreamWorks Animation for Violating Dragons’ Constitutional Rights

Bob Lincoln January 6, 2014 11
Exhibit taken from documents submitted by PETA in support of their lawsuit against DreamWorks Animation, purportedly displaying a satellite image showing three dragons chained to the parking lot rooftop at the studio’s Glendale, California campus.

Exhibit taken from documents submitted by PETA in support of their lawsuit against DreamWorks Animation, purportedly of a satellite image showing three dragons chained to the parking lot rooftop at the studio’s Glendale, California campus.

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.”

PETA’s suit, filed in federal court, is based on the fact that the text of the 13th Amendment prohibits the condition of slavery without specifically referencing humans. PETA spokesperson Rod McKark defended the lawsuit, claiming that, “Slavery is slavery in any instance, regardless of gender, race, religion, phyla or species. Fire-breathing winged creatures capable of unimaginable destruction deserve equal protection under the law.”

The suit states that more than a dozen dragons were violently seized in the wild, taken from their natural habitats and families, caged in deplorable conditions and forced to perform all manner of humiliating and dangerous aerial tricks. In particular, it specifies that, “The plaintiffs on numerous occasions were forced to wear black form fitting Lycra suits, adorned in a demeaning way with countless colored dots, kept for days in a ‘motion-capture studio,’ [a well-known animation industry code-word for dungeon] where they were forced to perform all manner of tricks, to the delight and amusement of their studio captors.  They even had the audacity to record it all on their computers.”

McKark explained that, “the continual deprivation from their normal habitat takes a terrible toll on the dragons, who often display aggressive, violent behavior never seen in the wild. Incidents of destroying castles and laying waste to vast armies have been fully documented in films like The Hobbit and on the TV show Game of Thrones. What more evidence is needed before we put an end to this wanton disregard for dragons’ rights?”


  1. lyra January 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    You guys have fallen off the deep end haven’t you? The dragons are 1. Non existent and 2. Animated. How clueless can you be. Until you do something that’s worth the report. You’ve lost my support.

    • Trev January 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      That’s the joke, mate. It’s supposed to be ludicrous.

  2. Vas January 27, 2014 at 12:47 am - Reply

    This is the fakest story on the internet.

  3. Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 2:12 am - Reply

    We are talking about the people who had issues with Pokemon…

    I’m more worried that THEY think it’s real

  4. Reuben January 27, 2014 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Hahahaha, I laughed my ass off reading this.

  5. hazel January 27, 2014 at 2:42 am - Reply

    “They are right dragons need to be protected there almost exstinced”…oh my godi never thought i could laugh so hard it would hurt and i end up crying…made my month

  6. Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 6:02 am - Reply

    The bad thing is that people have no idea that PETA euthanized 90% of the animals they rescued last year,

    • minespatch January 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      You forgot to put ‘rescued’ under quotations.

  7. Cheemers January 27, 2014 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Should be penalized for using the court system for frivolous crap like this..

  8. Gary Payne January 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Like most of the claims the animal wrongists make….there is no merit to their claims. They waste our time crying wolf over and over.

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