After netziens cracked down on the use of firecrackers at the wedding celebrations of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in Jodhpur, animal rights organisation PETA has raised an objection against the use of a horse and elephant at their ceremony.
On Monday, PETA India tweeted, “Dear Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Elephants for weddings live in chains and horses are controlled with whips, spiked bits. People are rejecting elephant rides and having horse-free weddings. Congrats, but we regret it was not a happy day for animals."
According to reports, the groom arrived on a horseback for the wedding.
The post by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was supported by a video titled “Band, Baaja, Brutality”, and portrayed what horses go through when they are used at weddings.
Dear @priyankachopra and @nickjonas. Eles 4 weddings live n chains & horses r controlled w whips, spiked bits. Ppl r rejecting ele rides: https://t.co/Gea5jvP6LP & having horse-free weddings. Congrats, but we regret it was not a happy day for animals. pic.twitter.com/p9FFeJ969B— PETA India ❤️❤️ (@PetaIndia) 3 December 2018
According to PETA India CEO Manilal Valliyate, “Priyanka has been ill served by not being advised of the firestorm that would be caused by participating in animal abuse”.
“It doesn’t make a person look big or glamorous to promote cruelty to animals who has no choice but to serve. It makes them look small. Overwhelmingly, these days PETA is delighted to see so many celebrities feel passionately about protecting animals,” Valliyate said in a statement.
Much before this issue came into light, #NickYanka wedding, drew the ire of social media users who pointed out at the use of fireworks, which lit up the Jodhpur sky on the night of December 1 — the same day the couple exchanged wedding vows in a Christian ceremony officiated by the groom’s father.
Netziens surely pointed at Chopra's 'double standards' because around Diwali this year, she, who is asthmatic herself, had urged people to follow the ‘Less pollution, more laddoos’ policy for the festival of fights.
The couple are yet to host their New Delhi reception which is set to take place on Tuesday evening.