Katy Perry ‘Roar'ed At by PETA Over Wild Animal Cameos (Video)

Katy Perry 'Roar'ed At by PETA Over Wild Animal Cameos (Video)

The world's largest animal rights organization is not happy seeing real animals in her music video for “Roar”

PETA is not a huge Katy Perry fan this week.

The world's largest animal rights organization penned a displeased letter to the directors of her new music video, “Roar,” which features tigers, elephants and alligators.

Oh my.

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“These animals often become stressed and anxious when they are hauled around and forced into unfamiliar or frightening situations,” PETA said. “Stage sets — with their bright lights, heavy equipment, and boisterous crowds — can be very traumatic for animals, even when every precaution is taken.”

“Serengeti Ranch, the animal exhibitor that we believe supplied the animals for the ‘Roar’ video, has been inspected by the USDA 22 times since 2001, with a total of 13 citations during that time,” the organization continued.

According to PETA, the most recent five inspections of Serengeti Ranch have all resulted in citations, including failure to provide the elephants with adequate shade, inadequate fencing, unprotected food items that pose a risk to the health of animals, the transferring of a tiger to another location without proper licensing or notification, and more.

PETA wants other directors to follow in the footsteps of Rupert Wyatt, who used CGI animals in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” who chose to do so “for both moral and creative reasons,” according to the letter.

Watch the music video and read the full letter below:

September 11, 2013

Dear Mr. Grady Hall and Mr. Mark Kudsi,

I am writing to you today on behalf of PETA regarding the use of wild animals in Katy Perry‘s music video “Roar.” As you may know, PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.

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. Primates and elephants are intelligent, curious, and highly social animals with complex physical and psychological needs. These animals often become stressed and anxious when they are hauled around and forced into unfamiliar or frightening situations. Stage sets–with their bright lights, heavy equipment, and boisterous crowds–can be very traumatic for animals, even when every precaution is taken.

Serengeti Ranch, the animal exhibitor that we believe supplied the animals for the “Roar” video, has been inspected by the USDA 22 times since 2001, with a total of 13 citations during that time. 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, inadequate fencing to protect elephants from public visibility and entry of unauthorized personnel, backyard area buildup of dog excreta near an enclosure, unprotected food items that pose a risk to the health of animals, inadequate shade for dogs housed in a former tiger enclosure, and the transferring of a tiger to another location without proper licensing or notification.

Primates who are used in film and television productions have been taken away from their mothers at an early age and are forced to perform in ways that are unnatural and sometimes painful. They are often isolated from other primates, and physical abuse is common during pre-production training, where no monitors are present. Similarly, most of the few elephants available for film and television productions in the United States were captured in the wild and separated from their families when they were just babies. Elephants in the wild travel up to 30 miles per day but in captivity are forced to live in cramped conditions and are trained by means of painful techniques that include the use of sharp metal bullhooks and electric prods against their sensitive skin. Off set, living conditions for these animals are typically deplorable. Even the best-known exhibitors are frequently cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, which establishes only minimal guidelines for animal care.

Should a future project call for the use of animals, we hope that you will follow the lead of Rupert Wyatt, director of the highly successful film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which featured wonderfully realistic computer-generated chimpanzees. Wyatt stated in interviews that he chose to use CGI apes for both moral and creative reasons. I invite you to watch PETA's new public service announcement, narrated by Adrien Brody, which features the most realistic CGI chimpanzee yet created.

May we please meet briefly, at your convenience, to discuss this issue? We can do so in person or, if you prefer, over the phone. I can be contacted at 323-210-2265 or MerrileeB@peta.org. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much for your time.

Kind regards,

Merrilee Burke


  • NayNay

    Shut up PETA, LOOK what You do!!!!!!!

    PETA's Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization
    that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals —
    indeed their “ethical treatment.” Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass
    through PETA's front door every year and very few make it out alive. The
    vast majority — 96 percent in 2011 — exit the facility out the back
    door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of
    Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains.
    Between these visits, the bodies are stored in the giant walk-in freezer
    PETA installed for this very purpose. It is a freezer that cost $9,370
    and, like the company which incinerates the bodies of PETA's victims,
    was paid for with the donations of animal lovers who could never have
    imagined that the money they donated to help animals would be used to
    end their lives instead. In fact, in the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other domestic animals.

    Most animal lovers find this hard to believe. But seeing is
    believing. And if it is true that a picture speaks a thousand words, the
    following images speak volumes about who and what PETA really stands

    Source: whypetakills.org

    The PETA headquarters is on the aptly named Front Street. While
    claiming to be an animal rights organization, PETA does not believe
    animals have a right to live. Instead, it believes that people have a
    right to kill them, as long as the killing is done “humanely,” which
    PETA interprets to mean poisoning them with an overdose of barbiturates,
    even if the animals are not suffering. In 2012,
    733 dogs entered this building. They killed 602 of them. Only 12 were
    adopted. Also in 2012, they impounded 1,110 cats. 1,045 were put to
    death. Seven of them were adopted. They also took in 34 other companion
    animals, such as rabbits, of which 28 were put to death. Only four were

    Source: whypetakills.org

    A supermarket dumpster full of garbage bags. When police officers looked inside, they found the bodies of dead animals — animals killed by PETA.
    PETA described these animals as “adorable” and “perfect.” A
    veterinarian who naively gave PETA some of the animals, thinking they
    would find them homes, and examined the dead bodies of others, testified
    that they were “healthy” and “adoptable.”

    Source: whypetakills.org

    A mother cat and her two kittens, all perfectly healthy and adoptable
    and none in danger of being killed until they were given to PETA by a
    veterinarian who was trying to find them homes and was told by PETA
    employees that they would have no problem adopting them out. After PETA
    lied to him and the mother and her kittens were entrusted to their care,
    they reportedly killed them, within minutes, in the back of a van.

    Source: whypetakills.org

    The PETA field killing kit found by police in the back of the PETA death van in Ahoskie, North Carolina.

    Source: Associated Press

    An Ahoskie Police Detective dressed in a hazmat suit prepares to bury
    a puppy killed by PETA. This puppy and dozens of other animals
    including cats and kittens were found by police throughout June of 2005
    after PETA employees dumped them in a garbage bin in North Carolina.

    Source: whypetakills.org

    Puppies killed by PETA in the back of a van — a donor-funded
    slaughterhouse on wheels. Despite $35,000,000 in annual revenues and
    millions of “animal-loving” members, PETA does not even try to find them
    homes. PETA has no adoption hours, does no adoption promotion, has no
    adoption floor, but is registered with the State of Virginia as a
    “humane society” or “animal shelter.”

    Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture

    According to inspection reports by the Virginia Department of Agriculture,
    the PETA facility “does not contain sufficient animal enclosures to
    routinely house the number of animals annually reported as taken into
    custody… The shelter is not accessible to the public, promoted, or
    engaged in efforts to facilitate the adoption of animals taken into

    Routine inspections often found “no animals to be housed in the
    facility” or, at best “few animals in custody,” despite thousands of
    them impounded by PETA annually. Since they take in thousands per year,
    where were they? “90% [of the animals] were euthanized within the first
    24 hours of custody,” according to the Virginia Department of
    Agriculture inspector. How can people adopt animals from PETA when they
    kill the animals they acquire within minutes without ever making them
    available for adoption? How can people adopt animals when they have no
    adoption hours, do no adoption promotion, and do not show animals for
    adoption, choosing to kill them without doing so? In fact, when asked by
    a reporter what efforts they make to find animals homes, PETA had no

    Source: Nathan Winograd

    A postcard written and signed by Ingrid Newkirk, PETA's founder,
    admitting that PETA does not believe animals have a right to live,
    despite its public perception of PETA as an “animal rights”
    organization. The right to life is the most fundamental of all rights.
    It is fundamental because without it, no other “rights” are possible.
    How can animals be guaranteed the right to food, water, shelter and
    protection, when those things can be taken away by killing them?

    Source: Nathan Winograd

    Many animal lovers who have publicly condemned PETA for their killing have received a letter from the PETA legal department, threatening a lawsuit.
    However, because a lawsuit would allow for subpoenas of PETA employees
    past and present — leading to under-oath testimonies about the grisly
    reality of what has and is going on at PETA headquarters — it is
    unlikely that PETA would ever follow-through with these empty threats.

    Their donor-funded attorneys rattle their sabers, but know they have a
    lot more to fear from the public disclosure that would result from a
    lawsuit than the animal activists who are truthfully — and, given
    PETA's threats and intimidation, bravely — reporting on PETA's
    atrocities against animals in the hope of bringing them to an end. When
    you donate to PETA, you not only fund the killing of animals, you fund
    the intimidation of animal lovers.

    Source: Nathan Winograd

    Not only does PETA kill animals, they also defend the killing of
    animals by others. This is a dying kitten in a Houston shelter after
    staff “lost” the kitten. When he was found, he was near death. His last
    hours were ones of suffering. Houston officials put job applicants with a
    history of violence, a history of criminal behavior and those who
    scored the lowest on city aptitude tests in animal control. When I was hired by the Houston Health Department to assess the shelter,
    my advice regarding staff was to fire people who abuse animals; hire
    those who care about them. PETA defended this shelter, urging government
    officials not to listen to me.

    Source: Nathan Winograd

    A puppy dying of parvovirus in the Houston shelter is not given
    anything soft to lie on as she urinates all over herself. Here she sits,
    unable to keep her head up, alone in a cold, barren stainless steel
    cage without receiving necessary veterinary care. Other shelters have a
    better than 90% rate of saving dogs with parvovirus. In a letter to the
    editor of the Houston paper, PETA publicly defended this shelter, urging
    Houstonians to reject my advice on the need for reform and how to do

    Source: Nathan Winograd

    The PETA solution: dead “feral” cats in a Florida shelter. PETA successfully defeated SB 1320,
    a law that would have clarified that nonlethal programs to neuter and
    release feral cats, rather than killing them, are legal in Florida. As
    shelters and health departments nationwide embrace trap-neuter-release
    programs, PETA
    remains a stalwart opponent of this humane alternative to killing,
    arguing that healthy feral cats should continue to be killed, even urging their supporters to take them to shelters or veterinarians to do so. The PETA website states that, “the
    most compassionate choice is to euthanize feral cats. You can ask your
    veterinarian to do this or, if your local shelter uses an injection of
    sodium pentobarbital, take the cats there.” This shelter used “an
    injection of sodium pentobarbital,” killing the cats in front of other
    cats, catch-poling the cats as they tried to flee while they urinated
    and defecated all over the kennel in fear. That is how terrified feral
    cats behave in shelters. Apparently to PETA, this is as it should be.

    Source: Nathan Winograd

    A cat in the King County, Washington shelter begs for food and water.
    Cats in the infirmary were not fed or given water over a three-day
    holiday weekend and both their food bowls and water bowls are empty.
    Although staff was assigned to the shelter, supervisors and staff chose
    to socialize instead. I was hired by the King County Council to assess the shelter.
    My advice: Hire supervisors who are not part of the same union so as to
    eliminate conflicts of interest; all staff should be given a checklist
    of assigned duties; and supervisors should double check that those
    duties have been done. In a letter to the King County Council, PETA told
    officials not to listen to me because I was “radical.”

    Source: Flickr

    If PETA had its way, this dog would be killed in every shelter in
    America because someone says he looks like a “pit bull.” According to
    Ingrid Newkirk, a growing number of shelters are enacting policies
    banning the adoption of pit bulls and requiring their automatic
    destruction and PETA “supports the pit bull policy.”

    Source: Shelby County No Kill Mission

    After finishing the year saving 98% of cats and 94% of dogs, the
    fourth-year Shelby County, Kentucky had 90+ percent save rates, they
    announced they were crowded and would begin killing animals. Once again,
    as they have done so many times before,the Shelby County No Kill
    Mission, a private organization both responsible for and dedicated to
    ensuring that Shelby County remains No Kill, went to work and the “crisis” was averted, bringing the population down through rescue, foster and adoption.

    Unlike Shelby County No Kill Mission, PETA also reached out to
    officials, but not to help save the animals. PETA didn't ask what they
    could do with their $35,000,000 a year in revenues and millions of
    animal-loving members to help save animals being threatened with death,
    as donors intended and as supporters assumed. They didn't offer to help
    the Shelby County shelter find homes, build temporary kennels, board
    animals, foster animals, adopt animals or even just get the word out
    across Kentucky that animals need help. Instead, PETA sent Shelby County
    government and shelter officials a gift basket, with a note thanking
    them for their decision to start killing again after four years. “Thank you for doing the right thing” wrote PETA.

    These pictures reveal the truth about PETA, a reality that is deeply
    at odds with the public's perception of that organization as a radical
    animal rights group. In practice, PETA is the functional equivalent of a
    slaughterhouse, while their efforts to undermine the lifesaving work of
    animal lovers throughout the country continually derail urgently needed
    reforms that would further the rights of our nation's homeless dogs and

    By defending regressive and cruel shelters and sheltering policies
    that mandate killing, by calling for the death of certain groups of
    animals entering shelters and by injecting thousands of animals with a
    fatal dose of poison every year, these actions are not only inconsistent
    with the mission of an animal rights organization, they are the
    antithesis of one. Only one question remains: Why is anyone still donating to PETA?

  • NayNay

    Why is anyone still donating to PETA? Read below.

  • momof3

    Peta can suck it

  • Jane

    Peta can suck it? YOU CAN SUCK IT BITCH

  • advizor54

    I love the video, love Katy Perry, and PETA can just k* my a*. :-)
    How's that as an opening salvo?
    PETA complains about everything giving no consideration to the positive nature of animal interactions. If kids grow up never seeing animals (since zoo, circuses, and videos are to be banned) how will they get a love for them?
    The article makes a big deal about 13 citation in 12 years, that's just 1 citation a year and none of those listed are about mistreatment of animals except for “lack of shade.” If “buildup of dog excreta near an enclosure” (not in, just “near”) is a violation, then they should cite parks and rec departments all over America for that one.
    I'm all for treating animals well, but when PETA throws a fit every time an animal shows up on screen it becomes white noise.



  • Edward Rambo

    PETA People for the Ethical Torture of Animals, they are just another group of two faced liars with a secret agenda Killing animals that you say you are there to protect Bull you have no room to talk. You lie to people and they bring you pets to adopt out because they trust you and want them to have a good home and you take them into the back room and KILL THEM you don't even try to find them homes I wonder how many members you lost when that came to light, I'm sorry but you can't have it both ways. Maybe the real ethical people should start hunting you for not doing what you have sworn to do, maybe you could spend more of your DONATIONS on these poor defenseless less Dogs, Puppy's, Cat's, and Kittens and less on your Salaries or are you there for the Money like most people, I can't help but wonder how much you really spend on these Animals in the end it always gets back to the MONEY doesn't it. I remember years ago when PETA members broke into Research labs to rescue animals, and raided Chicken, and Turkey Ranches and released them in the name of Humanity, and now your doing the same thing you were accusing them of, only you are killing pets, and they deserve to live as much as you do…

  • Denise Zuidmeer

    p e t a? people for eating tasty animals!

  • Jo Lene Dawn Sonesen

    PETA is stupid they are a money hungry cult. They kill cats and dogs give furs to the homeless (I guess so they can throw red paint on them.)