Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra tied the knot in holy matrimony with American hunk Nick Jonas on December 1 and 2 in traditional Christian and Hindu wedding ceremonies.
The couple that was in Jodhpur to revel in celebrations of their grand nuptials recently has met with trouble as it has been criticised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India for hurting animals at their wedding ceremony reportedly.
PETA India took to Twitter to blast the couple who tied the knot as per Hindu traditions on Sunday in Jodhpur. They had exchanged wedding vows as per Christian rituals on Saturday.
As per reports, groom Nick entered the wedding venue atop a horse and the couple later took a tour of the Umaid Bhawan Palace while seated on an elephant.
PETA says that “elephants live in chains and horses are controlled with whips and spiked bits” to perform as needed at weddings and that their wedding “was not a happy day for animals”.
“Priyanka has been ill served by not being advised of the firestorm that would be caused by participating in animal abuse,” said PETA India CEO Manilal Valliyate.
He added in a statement, “It doesn’t make a person look big or glamorous to promote cruelty to animals who has no choice but to serve. It makes them look small. Overwhelmingly, these days PETA is delighted to see so many celebrities feel passionately about protecting animals.”
Meanwhile, Priyanka was also criticised for the fireworks that went off at her wedding. She had previously requested fans to not use firecrackers during Diwali to reduce air pollution that is harmful for asthma patients like her.
“Dear @priyankachopra and @nickjonas. Elephants for weddings live and chains and horses are controlled with whips, spiked bits. People are rejecting elephant rides and having horse-free weddings. Congrats, but we regret it was not a happy day for animals,” the animal rights’ organisation wrote on the microblogging site.
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 ❤️❤️ (@PetaIndia) December 3, 2018
PETA also shared its video from four years ago, highlighting the woes of the animals, titled, Captive Elephants in Jaipur: PETA India’s 2014 Inspection.
The couple, who left Jodhpur on Monday, are yet to respond to the remarks.