Singer Katy Perry is in hot water with Australian animal rights activists, after the Hillary Clinton supporter suggested her dog chase koalas in an Australian ad. Apparently, chasing koala is a big “no, no,” and activists were quick to denounce the content.
The 30-second ad was made for Australian department store chain Myer. In it, Perry tells her dog Nugget, “Let’s go chase some koalas.” Australia’s Pedestrian said in a tweet that Perry had been “accidentally condoning koala murder” with her suggestion.
— PEDESTRIAN.TV (@pedestriandaily) July 5, 2017
One of the groups speaking out against the ad is Animal Justice, who responded with a tweet that said: “Asking your dog to chase koalas is seriously cruel @katyperry! 100 koalas die every year from dog attacks.”
— Animal Justice (@AnimalJustice) July 6, 2017
Extinction Symbol echoed the statistic, tweeting: “Around 110 koalas are attacked and killed by dogs each year in Queensland.”
Around 110 koalas are attacked and killed by dogs each year in Queensland: https://t.co/SclNCJZpMe
— Extinction Symbol (@extinctsymbol) July 5, 2017
According to Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, each year 75 percent of those koala attacks are fatal.
Chloe Madden, an Australian reality TV star and veterinarian, reportedly said that as a role model, Perry is undoing the work they’ve done in Australia to discourage people from putting their dogs in contact with koalas. “This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer, and inappropriate on so many levels,” Maden told the Courier Mai.
After the backlash, Myer removed the offensive content. In the latest version of the ad, Perry’s final directions to her dog are gone. It now ends after Perry says, “OK, Nugget. It’s time to get your puppy passport.”
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