Britney Spears got the message — will Michael Jackson follow?
PETA, who earlier this year went after Britney Spears’ plans to include live “circus” animals in her upcoming tour (she eventually backed down) is now incensed that Michael Jackson is considering a similar addition. The 50-year-old singer has already sold out a 10-concert residency at London’s 02 Arena and plans to reportedly “ride out on an African elephant with panthers led on gold chains. Parrots and other birds will fly behind him.”
Said PETA, “These exotic animals belong in Africa, not the O2 Arena among screaming fans, bright lights and stage explosions. These wild animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them when they are forced to perform under stressful conditions. Michael needs to learn to leave exotic animals alone.”
Even though there are UK animal welfare laws banning the use of non-domestic animals for use in shows, a source claims that the King of Pop is “desperate to find a way around it.” We’ve no idea if these plans are true or not, but it wouldn’t be surprising. Let’s hope Jacko considers a robotic elephant instead.