Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wedding draws ire of PETA

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas SLAMMED by PETA officials for ‘participating in animal abuse’ with wedding rituals

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have rankled PETA officials after using animals as part of their elaborate wedding, as images of animals decked out in ceremonial garb for the occasion were posted on social media, leading to push-back from animal rights activists.

Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26, exchanged vows in a pair of ceremonies – a Christian service on Saturday, and a Hindu celebration on Sunday – with both taking place at Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Among the animal-involved portions of the wedding celebration included shots of a white horse that was draped with red and golden embellishments, which Jonas would ride into the ceremony. 

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Trouble in paradise: Priyanka Chopra, 36, and Nick Jonas, 26, have rankled PETA officials after using animals as part of their elaborate wedding over the weekend 

Also seen on the premises of the nuptials was a white elephant that was saddled for two riders.

PETA India CEO Manilal Valliyate said in a statement released Monday that ‘Priyanka was ill-served by not being advised of the firestorm that would be caused by participating in animal abuse.’ 


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Valliyate added, ‘It doesn’t make a person look big or glamorous to promote cruelty to animals who have no choice but to serve.’

Valliyate said that the use of animals made the celebrity newlyweds ‘look small,’ as they tied the knot following a whirlwind four-month courtship.


Red flags: Among the animal-involved portions of the wedding celebration included shots of a white horse that was draped with red and golden embellishments

Upset: India’s PETA chapter also took to social media to scold the couple for incorporating animals in their ceremony

India’s PETA chapter also took to social media to scold the couple for incorporating animals in their ceremony.

‘Dear @priyankachopra and @nickjonas. [Elephants for] weddings live [in] chains & horses [are] controlled [with] whips [and] spiked bits … congrats, but we regret it was not a happy day for animals,’ the organization said. 

The chapter said people are passing on elephant rides and going without horses for their weddings, posting a YouTube clip depicting their 2014 inspection of captive elephants that revealed abhorrent conditions. 

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