Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas slammed by PETA for using 'panicked' animals at lavish wedding

Emma Powell
Criticised: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra: Instagram / priyankachopra

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have been blasted by a leading animal rights charity for using horses and elephants at their star studded wedding in India.

The celebrity couple tied the knot at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in India, with Jonas reportedly arriving on horseback.

The India branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals slammed their use of animals, accusing Chopra of “participating in animal abuse”.

“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. “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.”

Traditional ceremony: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra (AFP/Getty Images)

The charity also criticised the couple on Twitter, congratulating them on their nuptials but condemning them for not going animal-free.

A tweet read: “Dear @priyankachopra and @nickjonas. Elephants for weddings live in chains and horses are controlled with whips with spiked bits. People are rejecting elephant rides. Congrats, but we regret it was not a happy day for animals (sic).”

Another read: “Horses are sensitive to noise. Excited crowds, firecrackers, and music at weddings bother these animals. The auditory onslaught of weddings can be too much for them to bear and they often panic, which can lead to accidents (sic).”

Standard Online has contacted representatives for Chopra for comment.

Chopra and Jonas had a three-day wedding bash, which included a traditional Indian wedding and a Christian ceremony.

They were joined by celebrity friends and family including Jonas’ brothers Kevin, Frankie and Joe, who is engaged to Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner.

Chopra wore bespoke Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla for her Mehndi and Sangeet, and both bride and groom opted for Ralph Lauren for the Christian ceremony.