Priyanka Chopra slammed for using horses, elephants at her wedding

Priyanka Chopra slammed for using horses, elephants at her wedding
PHOTO: Facebook/Priyanka Chopra

MUMBAI - First, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were criticised for lighting up the sky with a fireworks display at their wedding over the weekend, an act seen as pollutive to the environment.

Now, it is the turn of animal rights group People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (Peta) to issue its own roar of disapproval, this time over the use of elephants and horses during their nuptials in Jodhpur in India.

"Priyanka was ill-served by not being advised of the firestorm that would be caused by participating in animal abuse," Peta India chief executive Manilal Valliyate said.

"It doesn't make a person look big or glamorous to promote cruelty to animals which have no choice but to serve. It makes them look small."

It is a common tradition in India to see the groom, accompanied by family and friends, ride a decorated horse or elephant during a procession to the wedding venue.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tie the knot in Indian palace

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    Chopra, 36, and 26-year-old Jonas were engaged earlier this year after a whirlwind courtship that began at an Oscars after-party last year.

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    Priyanka Chopra, star of Indian film and US television, and Jonas Brothers singer Nick Jonas celebrated their wedding at a glitzy reception in New Delhi on Tuesday, joined by celebrities ranging from India's prime minister to Hollywood stars.

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    The event at a New Delhi hotel followed the couple's three-day-long wedding celebration at a heritage Indian palace atop a hill in the western city of Jodhpur, which included cricket matches and Bollywood songs.

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    Quantico actor and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra married US singer Nick Jonas on Saturday (Dec 1) in a Christian ceremony attended by close family and friends at one of India's most opulent royal palaces, People magazine reported.

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    The couple is due to have a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony on Sunday and host a reception in New Delhi next week.

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    The bride, groom and other members of the wedding party wore outfits designed by Ralph Lauren, the design house said on its Twitter account.

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    Nick Jonas, 26, and his brothers Kevin and Joe formed a band, The Jonas Brothers, in 2005 and soared to fame as members of Disney's stable of teenage stars.

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    Chopra, 36, who headlined three seasons of the ABC crime drama "Quantico", is one of Bollywood's biggest female leads with acting credits in several big-ticket films.

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    The venue of the wedding, the Umaid Bhavan Palace in the Indian city of Jodhpur, has been cordoned off to outsiders and no media were allowed near.

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    First, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were criticised for lighting up the sky with a fireworks display at their wedding over the weekend, an act seen as pollutive to the environment.

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    Now, it is the turn of animal rights group People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (Peta) to issue its own roar of disapproval, this time over the use of elephants and horses during their nuptials in Jodhpur in India.

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    It is a common tradition in India to see the groom, accompanied by family and friends, ride a decorated horse or elephant during a procession to the wedding venue.

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    American singer Jonas, 26, was said to have ridden a horse while he and Bollywood superstar Chopra, 36, were reported to have ridden around the grounds of the Umaid Bhawan Palace on the back of an elephant.

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    Priyanka, who is a spokesman for a campaign to help people with asthma, was earlier lambasted for hypocrisy over the fireworks display on Saturday.

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American singer Jonas, 26, was said to have ridden a horse while he and Bollywood superstar Chopra, 36, were reported to have ridden around the grounds of the Umaid Bhawan Palace on the back of an elephant.

Those acts prompted Peta India to post: "Elephants for weddings live (with) 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."

It also posted a video, called Captive Elephants In Jaipur: Peta India's 2014 Inspection, that revealed their living conditions, reported the Hindustan Times.

Priyanka, who is a spokesman for a campaign to help people with asthma, was earlier lambasted for hypocrisy over the fireworks display on Saturday.

Recently, she had appeared in a publicity campaign urging people not to burn firecrackers during Deepavali.

But there were no protests or catcalls at the Jodhpur airport on Monday afternoon when the couple flew to New Delhi.

Meanwhile, the cost of their wedding remains a talking point, with the Refinery29 portal, for example, reporting that they had booked the entire Umaid Bhawan palace for the weekend for US$461,000 (S$629,000).

The palace reportedly created a helipad to allow guests to get to the venue by helicopter.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

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