Sometimes, I think animal activists are just social justice warriors who dress up a little differently. By no means am I saying that actual animal cruelty is okay. It is horrible to torture an animal and would not treat them inhumanely. I treat my dogs as if they are children.
However, I also think that the animal activists can be crazy and way over exaggerate. I am also not a Katy Perry fan but in this situation, I’d have to say they completely overreacted.
Perry put out a 30 second ad for Myer (Australian dept. chain) in which she tells her dog Nugget, “Let’s go chase some koalas.” Now she is under fire for such a “cruel” statement.
— Animal Justice (@AnimalJustice) July 6, 2017
Could they chill out a little? She isn’t actually heading off to hunt down koala bears.
Australian reality TV star and veterinarian Chloe Madden said “This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer, and inappropriate on so many levels.”
“Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas,” Madden told the Courier Mail newspaper.
According to Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, each year, approximately 110 koalas are attacked and killed by dogs — around 75 percent of attacks are fatal.
A spokesperson for Myer confirmed that Perry’s offending remarks would be removed from the video.
“We are aware of comments in relation to Katy Perry’s Witness: The Tour advertisement and a particular reference made to koalas,” a spokesperson for Myer told Daily Mail Australia. “We are currently removing the material which references koalas.”
Here is a new edited version of the ad in which she tells her pup, “OK, Nugget. It’s time to get you a puppy passport.”
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