PETA took Katy Perry’s “Roar” to task this week, alleging (as they often do) that animals were abused, harmed, traumatized, or otherwise bothered in the filming of the song’s official video.
While Katy Perry isn’t the first celeb PETA target (it’s almost like they latch on to entertainment news to ride coattails for attention!), she was on their radar with “Roar” being released, and the organization alleged that animals used in the video were likely abused and maltreated.
A spokeswoman for PETA said of Katy Perry’s new video:
“What you may not know — as most people do not — is that animals used for entertainment in film and television endure horrific cruelty and suffer from extreme confinement and violent training methods.”
However, Perry has the receipts — from the Humane Society. The star hit back at PETA’s allegations with a letter from the more neutrally regarded American Humane Association, who back the star up when it comes to animal kindness.
The letter read in part:
“American Humane Association was on set for the filming of the above referenced music video, which used an elephant, a monkey, birds and a tiger. After reviewing the reports, we believe that the Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media were followed and that no animal was harmed in the making of this music video.”
While Katy Perry got some backup with cred, PETA claims that using primates is especially cruel, as the creatures “are often isolated from other primates, and physical abuse is common during pre-production training, where no monitors are present.”