Cornwall charity Wild Futures slams Katy Perry’s latest music video Roar
Cornwall charity Wild Futures has hit out at pop princess Katy Perry for using trained wild animals in her latest music video Roar.
Staff at Wild Futures, which runs the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, said the video, which features a capuchin monkey, baboon, tiger and elephant, will encourage more people to buy exotic animals as pets.
The charity said each time a monkey appears as an “actor” or a celebrity pet in the mass media, it sees a surge in enquiries about how to obtain a pet monkey or whether visitors can hold or touch a monkey.
Brooke Aldrich, campaigns manager at Wild Futures, said: “We cannot let instances such as these pass by without expressing our outrage and huge disappointment.
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“Katy Perry has made such a mistake in using these animals. It’s not fair on them as individuals, and this video could significantly increase demand for pet monkeys, causing many others to suffer needlessly.”
Wild Futures is asking its supporters to comment on the video on YouTube, which already has more than 118 million views, highlighting what it describes as the “harmful exploitation of wild animals.”
Brooke Aldrich added: “There are already about 5,000 privately kept primates in the UK, and that figure appears to be rising.
“Katy Perry is an extremely influential female and she needs to learn that this is this is just unacceptable for animals. Celebrities should think carefully about their actions and use their status in a much more positive way.
“We sincerely hope that she listens to our outrage and supporters’ comments and makes public amends as soon as possible.”
For more information on Wild Futures’ campaign against the primate pet trade, visit http://www.wildfutures.org/