Katy Perry Upsets PETA By Using Actual Animals in 'Roar' Video

(Radio.com) While Katy Perry has been basking in the glow of the stratospheric success of her latest single, "Roar," People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are raining on the singer's parade.

It's the music video for "Roar" that has PETA up in arms, with the jungle-themed clip being packed with actual elephants, monkeys and tigers. "Animals used for entertainment endure horrific cruelty and suffer from extreme confinement and violent training methods," a PETA spokesman said (via Variety). "They often become stressed and anxious when hauled around and forced into unfamiliar or frightening situations."

The claims are in stark opposition to the previously cozy relationship Perry had cultivated with PETA, who in 2010 lauded the singer and her then-husband Russell Brand for the couple's vegan holiday plans, as well as the meat-free rider for her 2011 tour.
Perry was also called out for the particular animal wranglers used to produce the clip, with the PETA rep stating, "The Serengeti Ranch, the animal exhibitor that we believe supplied the animals for the 'Roar' video, has been inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture 22 times since 2001."

Perry has yet to comment on the PETA statements. The singer's new album, Prism, which features "Roar," is set for release on October 22. Read the full letter

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