Posted: 11:38 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
The elephant, whose name is Suzy, is a member of a threatened species from Africa and Oscar-nominated wildlife documentarian Chris Palmer writes in an op-ed piece in the New York Daily News, “Elephants don’t like loud noises, bright lights or hectic sets with dozens of people running around.”
Palmer, who is backed by PETA, writes that Suzy “was violently captured from her free-roaming herd in Zimbabwe when she was 2 years old and shipped to the U.S., where she was most likely bound and beaten in order to make her perform without complaint.”
Palmer says Katy has a history of misusing elephants: “The reason I’m singling out Katy is because this isn’t her first time making a mockery of these highly intelligent animals—earlier, she had made her grand entrance at a gossip blogger’s birthday party riding on the back of an elephant.”
Katy’s people are saying no animals were harmed on the set.