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EntertainmentPETA slams Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas for 'animal abuse' at Indian wedding

02:30  04 december  2018
02:30  04 december  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas shared their beautiful wedding festivities over the weekend, but one ceremonial ritual caught the eye of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The Indian chapter of PETA slammed the newlyweds, who recently stepped out sporting wedding bands, for using elephants and horses during their nuptials in Rajasthan, India, on Sunday.

"Priyanka was ill served by not being advised of the firestorm that would be caused by participating in animal abuse," PETA India CEO Manilal Valliyate said in a statement Monday. "It doesn’t make a person look big or glamorous to promote cruelty to animals who have no choice but to serve. It makes them look small."

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The "Quantico" actress, 36, and Jonas, 26, tied the knot in a lavish Hindu ceremony at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, according to reports by People and E! News.

It's a common Indian tradition to open a wedding with a Barat, where the groom, surrounded by family, rides a decorated horse or elephant during a procession to the venue.

"Congrats, but we regret it was not a happy day for animals," PETA India tweeted Sunday night. "(Elephants) for weddings live in chains and horses are controlled with whips, spiked bits. People are rejecting elephant rides and having horse-free weddings."

Priyanka and Jonas have not responded to the backlash.

USA TODAY reached out to their respective representatives for comment.

The couple had two ceremonies – a traditional Indian wedding Sunday and a Christian service Saturday officiated by Jonas’ father – each held in different spots at the palace in Rajasthan, following three days of wedding festivities, including a Sangeet.

Typically, Indian wedding rituals last for at least three days, with a ceremony on each day and the last day ending with a cocktail party and reception for the extended family and friends of the bride and groom.

Contributing: Anika Reed

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