Katy Perry's video for "Roar" is an animal-filled frolic through the jungle in which the pop star befriends a monkey, showers with the assistance of an elephant, brushes a crocodile's teeth and "roars" a tiger into submission. But while it looks like the jungle buddies are having fun partying in paradise with Perry, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) alleges that casting animals for a music video traumatizes them.
To emphasize its point, the organization sent a letter to the video's directors and producers, protesting their use of real animals in the clip.
"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," PETA's Merrilee Burke writes in a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Furthermore, Burke explains, a set filled with bright lights, heavy equipment and crowds can traumatize an animal or spur stress and anxiousness in unfamiliar and frightening situations.