One ceremonial ritual at Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra‘s wedding didn’t sit well with PETA. The couple tied the knot in two ceremonies, embracing both Western and Indian wedding traditions, and the non-profit organization wasn’t happy to discover they used animals in the latter.
PETA slammed the newlyweds for reportedly using a horse and elephant at their nuptials held in Jodhpur. “Priyanka was ill served by not being advised of the firestorm that would be caused by participating in animal abuse,” the statement read from PETA India CEO Manilal Valliyate on Dec. 3. “It doesn’t make a person look big or glamorous to promote cruelty to animals who have no choice but to serve. It makes them look small. Overwhelmingly, these days, PETA is delighted to see so many celebrities who feel passionately about protecting animals.”
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 #BanAnimalCircuses🎪 (@PetaIndia) December 3, 2018
Fans spotted a white horse outfitted in red and gold that Nick used to make his grand entrance. A white elephant was also spotted with a seat for two on its back. It’s a common Indian tradition to open a wedding with a Barat, where the groom “dresses like royalty” and rides a decorated horse or elephant during a procession to the venue.
“Congrats, but we regret it was not a happy day for animals,” PETA India tweeted Sunday night after their nuptials. “(Elephants) for weddings live in chains and horses are controlled with whips, spiked bits. People are rejecting elephant rides and having horse-free weddings.”
Despite the controversy, Nick, 26, and Priyanka, 36, are over the moon after exchanging their vows. The pair first met at the 2017 Met Gala (both wearing Ralph Lauren) and they reconnected nearly 10 months later. The couple got engaged in July and they were surrounded by friends and family while tying the knot over the weekend. We’ll see what the future holds for the lovebirds!
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