Pink Horses Scrapped From Selena Gomez Video After Cruelty Outcry

When Selena Gomez was told her new video would feature pink horses, the tween queen believed the color would be superimposed onto regular horses in post-production.

However, the video for “Love You Like a Love Song” has sparked a bit of controversy about animal treatment when it was discovered actual, pink-painted horses would be used for the video’s scenes. Singer and animal rights proponent Pink complained about the shoot on her Twitter account:

“If there are any animal activists around Malibu at Leo Cabrillo State Beach, there are horses being painted for a stupid music video. Shame,” she said via her Twitter account last month.

An unnamed source confirms Gomez was unaware the horses would be subjected to body painting:

“When Selena was presented the idea for the video, no one informed her the horses would be painted and she had assumed they would be colored in post-production [via special effects],” an insider told E! Online. “When she showed up to the set she was very surprised to see them painted.”

Although the animals were airbrushed with a “non-toxic, vegetable-based powder paint,” the footage was scrapped from the video after the furor erupted.