She’s the colourful, fun-loving pop-star from the USA that continues to take the charts by storm and win fans all over the world with her smash hits. However, it seems that not everyone is quite so enamored with singer Katy Perry right now.
The ‘California Girls’ and ‘Roar’ hit-maker has come under fire from the RSPCA in Queensland, Australia, after a new advert for an Australian department store chain featuring the star was released.
The advert, for department store Myer and to promote a competition through which fans can win tickets to Katy Perry’s next show in Australia, featured Perry playfully telling her pet dog ‘nugget’ to “go chase some koalas” at the end.
Australians were shocked to see the advert, in a country where dog attacks on koalas has become a major problem.
The RSPCA in Queensland estimate that 25% of the 170 koalas they take in are victims of dog attacks.
Animal Justice called Perry’s naïve comment ‘cruel’ and animal lovers branded the advert “disgusting” and “insensitive.”
It has since been taken down following the backlash.
“This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer, and inappropriate on so many levels,” Gold Coast wildlife vet, Claire Madden, told The Courier-Mail.
“Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas.”
She added: “Koalas attacked by dogs is one of their biggest threats and primary reasons for presenting to wildlife hospitals across Australia.
A spokesperson for Myer said: “We are aware of comments in relation to Katy Perry’s Witness: The Tour advertisement and a particular reference made to koalas.
“We are currently removing the material which references koalas.”