Katy Perry under fire for using animals in her video

katy-perry-roar Her new song ‘Roar’ might be a big hit, but Katy Perry is being criticized for using a captured elephant in her new video.

Oscar-nominated Chris Palmer, director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and a film professor at American University in Washington, D.C., wrote an open letter to the singer, focusing on using captive animals for the purpose of entertainment.

“Suzy is Katy’s reluctant elephant co-star in the song’s video,” Palmer writes. “Elephants don’t like loud noises, bright lights or hectic sets with dozens of people running around…. How did Suzy, a member of a threatened species from Africa, find herself next to Katy Perry on a deafening California set? She was violently captured from her free-roaming herd in Zimbabwe when she was 2 years old and shipped to the U.S., where she was most likely bound and beaten in order to make her perform without complaint.”

roar“Only when stars, directors and producers stop forcing exotic animals onto soundstages will these sensitive and sophisticated animals get a reprieve. Katy Perry may be one of the biggest pop stars in the world, but next to that sad elephant, she looks like a very small person,” he adds.

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2 responses to “Katy Perry under fire for using animals in her video”

  1. David says:

    I feel pity for the animal! I wonder how Katy would feel in the elephant jungle ambiance with all the risks and setting she would definitely not like and even be scared of. Let animals live in their natural environment! Stop killing and abusing them for your comfort and pleasure!

  2. Tom says:

    Let animals live their own life! I do not think we would feel happy when get imprisoned and shown to others just for show! Set the animals free! I feel pity every time I see animals in circus and at the zoo or shows like that!