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Britney: Comeback Diva or Clueless Animal Abuser?

Written by PETA | December 8, 2008
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Britney Spears and Banana

Sadly, I still remember the first time I heard Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time.” I was in the eighth grade and TRL was still wildly cool. My skinny, stirrup-tights-wearing, headgear sportin’ 13 year-old self just couldn’t get enough of the song. I remember thinking we had found a true pop princess.

But man, how quickly America’s sweetheart fell from grace. And it wasn’t pretty.

Now, at the bottom of the barrel, she’s sporting elephants dressed in circus attire for her new video titled—what else—”Circus.”

As Britney is such a victim of the paparazzi and always complaining and crying about how she hates to be held up in her guarded house and can’t feel free, she of all people should be able to relate to the horror that captive animals go through when they’re used for entertainment. Except Britney chooses to perform, and the lifestyle just comes with it. Animals are ripped away from their mothers at a young age, kept in chains, and prodded with electric shock devices to make them perform. That doesn’t sound so voluntary to me.

Britney is now just an “outrageous” and “toxic” mess. I certainly don’t want her to “gimme more,” and neither do the animals who have been abused so that she can feel “lucky.”

Well, we’re not takin’ this sitting down. We’ve got a killer action alert ready for those of you who want to fight with us and tell Brit to stop using animals in her acts, once and for all. Click here to take action today.

I must confess that I still believe she can turn herself around.

Written by Christine Doré

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  • S says:

    I support animals not being used in videos and hate animal abuse but why are we blaming Britney? Her father has conservatorship over her so actually she doesn’t get much say anymore.And she doesn’t want attentionperforming is what she has done ever since she was a little girl.I doubt she knew the conditions the animals were in at the time of the video.She gets there and films the video then leavesnot much time to look around.Instead of bashing her all the timehow about writing a letter to her manager about the usage of animals in her videos and performances? And Chrisitna Aguilera used animals in her music videobut yet nobody says anything.I think the reason people bash Britney is because she has made mistakesbut who hasn’t? She bounced right back and the past should be left exactly therein the PAST.You can say anything you wantbut that doesn’t make it trueor right to say it. Has anyone even asked Britney her views on animal abuse in interviews? No. So who are we to say what she was thinking or what her views on animal abuse and the usage of animals are? She herself didn’t abuse the animals so the title of the article makes her seem like the bad person in this situationwhen the real problem started over 100 years ago when people started finding these exotic creatures. Don’t blame Britney blame the first person to bring an animal and put it on display or use it in a circus. Britney was born in 1981so animal abuse wasn’t a major topic thenso it also has to do with what her parents raised her to believe.My grandparents used to take me to the circusbut now I hate even hearing about it because of the animals. It isn’t anyone’s fault who is currently living.It islike I said the first person who used animals for entertainment. And about her chihuahuashow do you know they weren’t from a shelter? There are plenty of chihuahuas in shelters like a lot of other dogs.Again has anyone asked Britney where she got her dogs? Umno. So who is to say where they came from? She also takes care of her dogs.When her Yorkie was injuredshe took it straight to the vets office with no delayand she didn’t intentionally hurt it either. Apparently her dogs are protective over herwhich shows she is a good owner. I didn’t make this up either. Look it up. How about next time before writing an article on how bad someone is get their views on things first.

  • Amy says:

    I dont believe animals should be usse for our entertainment i think is cruel for people like Britney Spears to torture our animals for her stupid video if i ever see her am going to throw a baby elephant stuff doll at her to show her that people do care about animals and they dont like being use for our entertainment animals have feeling just like us humans they shoukd have the right to bee use in entertainment or not do not force animals to perform on stage or in videos

  • David Cobb says:

    AWESOME ! hey PETA could we get an address or atleast an email address to send BRITTANY or the people or supervisor who arranged to not use live animals a THANK YOU LETTER?? please!!!! with many thankyous she are followers will def. do the same in the future

  • Tim says:

    To the people who are saying ‘Done blame Britany blame the managementdirctor’!!! Not being funning but Brit has been doing this for a very long time and HAS A LOT of say in what she wants in her video’s and i’m 100 she agreed to having animals!!!!! So……………. Wake up and stop sicking up for her. She’s a redneck tt

  • Matt says:

    I thought the elephants and lions in Britney’s video were symbolic. They symbolized the torment that she has experienced at the hands of the media.

  • Em says:

    She is filth… and so are all the people who support her manager directors PAs.. and dare I say.. Fans! When did “people” like Britney become so important to our lives??

  • KD says:

    So let me get this straight…Britney cannot be held accountable for her own video because she didn’t produce it?? That’s like saying you can’t be held accountable for the fur jacket you are wearing because you didn’t “make” it. Britney has choices. Limited ones sure but her label isn’t going to go completely against her when she sells so many albums. She could have refused to use animals but didn’t. And when are people going to realize that PETA does educate? It isn’t all writing petitions or throwing flour on peoples coats. The education is out there has been for years. There are videos online about circus animal abuse. I am so tired of hearing how we should educate before we get on someones case. We do edcuate. We do send letters. When those letters are ignored then the petitions and blogs start. If every Hollywood idiot would take the time to research or read the letters sent to them then the “angry mob” would be unnecessary. You can only provide the information to the person you cannot force them to read it. Hence the need for blogs petitions protests ect……. ANYONE who abuses uses eats or wears animals deserves to be notified via email letter blog billboard or any other means necessary to get the point accross. It isn’t mean it isn’t “unfair” to do that. It’s more unfair to those animals who were beaten abused slaughtered skinned alive tested on and used for the benefit of humans. That is what is unfair.

  • Stephanie. M says:

    dont blame Britney’s fault… she has been through too much

  • teresa says:

    my gosh get over being starstruck. if britney doesnt like the concept video its not going to be made. she has the control. she is the STAR. celebrities and the entertainment business arte a huge contributer to the suffering of animals . they put them in their music and videos and worse yet asong as we accept that and think its neat to see an elephant ride a bicycle or a lion jump through a hoop people circusesmoviesviodeos are going to use them to MAKE MONEY. Until we stop attending viewing buying …ANIMALS WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. ITS ALL ABOUT MAKING MONEY AND DRAWING AN AUDIENCE and if they animal exploiters think they can get your attention buy using an animal they will and unfortunately your curiosity kills enslaves the cat performing animals. so yes ultimately it is britneys fault not the directors.

  • Bethany says:

    I am a big fan of Britney but I also love animals and am always fighting for better treatment of animals. I sent off the action to ask Britney to stop using animals but I made it much more personal. I wrote about how I support Britney but I would like her to think twice about using animals. Hopefully she will think about it. Shes a sweet girl…maybe she is just very clueless? Anyways she does not need to use animals to be popular have good videos or good performances.

  • Ariella says:

    I have always been a fan of Britney and turned the other way when she did things that were wrong. I really hope she turns around and stops using animals in her acts. She has the opportunity with an album themed and titled Circus to do GREAT things for animal rights right now. I hope she turns out to be the shining star I have always thought she was in this case. I know that a lot of us rooting for her will lose all respect for her if she elects to take animals on tour with her. As someone mentioned above she doesn’t like to be exploited so let’s hope that she will rally in support of animals who are exploited this time!

  • Deb says:

    Leave her alonemy butt. She is as much to blame for this as everyone else involved in her videos. I think that this concern should be more publicized. Let everyone know about the inhumane treatments of these animals. Please stop defending Britney. She’s a grown woman making adult decisions.

  • Stephanie says:

    not britneys fault its probalby she wasnt imformed of these acts

  • Simone says:

    Please leave her alone. She had enough with all her problems with alcohol kids exposition and so. Just like Tammy said if she was aware of how the animals were treated she wouldnt permit them perform in her vid.

  • Elisabeth says:

    After I saw her video for “Circus” on TV I was getting ready to write her management a letter and possibly call them. I’m so glad PETA stepped up to the plate to let her and her management know that using animals for entertainment is wrong. I was worried she would be bringing a team of animals along with her on her world tour and I really hope that doesn’t happen… if it does I’ll be showing up at various dates on her tour with signs and leaflets. It’s not like she doesn’t have the money to fund something as ridiculous as that. Another thing about Britney Spears that pissed me off… she was wearing fur in her “Piece Of Me” video.

  • Lauren crick says:

    It is truely sad that a supposed professional entertainer has to use animals in her act. It is cruel and totally unnessary. It may not be the individual artist who decided to use the animals but it should be down to the artist to say no.

  • Steph says:

    She is done and has been done and she is never going to turn around. She is just going to get more slutty use more shock tactics to get attention and we will never stop hearing about this walking mess of a talentless human…. Hopefully she will AT LEAST get a soul and heart and drop the live animal act.

  • Roberta says:

    I sent my contribution for the petition. It’s a terrible thing.

  • gisele says:

    I really don’t think Britney deserves to be called animal abuser. She has not treaten those animals in the video with cruelty. The problem with animals in Circus go beyond a simple video with animals. You guys should be focusing in ending entirely the use of animals in circus in general and not offending the singer. She carried the snake really carefully during her performance. I think these animals are abused by their trainers and owners. And that’s what you should try to terminate.

  • Swarafun says:

    I think its so over to blame britney .. I think she doesnt really know .. Like allmost people but i think if peta give explanation britney will cut.animal part…without that circus vid still great

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  • Heidi says:

    I think it is outrageous that Britney is using animals in her video. It is cruel and not needed. People are saying it is the management company that are to blame but Britney has her own mind well! and she should have the courage to stand up and say No to using animals! She doesn’t like been exploited so why is she doing it to animals!

  • Mauricio Magaà says:

    maybe she shouldve dress up like one instead of bringing the poor elephant. there is not much difference in size.

  • kaye says:

    lol oops she did it again