Katy Perry is friendly with monkeys, elephants and other wild animals in her jungle video for "Roar." And that's a problem, according to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The animal rights group has penned a letter to the clip's directors, Grady Hall and Mark Kudsi, expressing its concern that animals used for entertainment purposes are often subjected to "horrific cruelty."
PETA says Serengeti Ranch, the animal exhibitor it believes supplied the animals for the video, has been cited 13 times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the past 12 years. It writes, "The most recent five inspections have all resulted in citations, including failure to provide the elephants with adequate shade or access to a barn in 90-degree heat" and "inadequate fencing to protect elephants from public visibility and entry of unauthorized personnel," among other oversights.
PETA also contends that primates involved in TV and film productions are taken away from their mothers at an early age and are forced to perform in ways that are unnatural or painful.
The organization encourages the directors to use CGI animation to create animals in future projects. It also requests a meeting with them to discuss the matter.
Katy herself has not commented on PETA's letter.
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