'Quantico' Star Priyanka Chopra Voices Mechanical Elephant For PETA
Priyanka Chopra is lending her voice to PETA’s robotic elephant named Ellie, which will go on a school tour across US, Europe and India to help educate kids about elephants and captivity.
Ellie is the “first-ever” life-size (she stands at 6’5″) mechanical elephant who walks and talks. She will speak — through Chopra, of course — to the children about her separation from her mother as a baby, the physical punishment she endured in the circus, and, finally, her happy life at a sanctuary after her rescue.
“Elephants are truly magnificent creatures, who desperately need our help and protection,” Chopra said in a press release. “Ellie and I are teaching kids that elephants belong in the wild with their families and that they suffer greatly in captivity, in which they’re kept chained, forced to learn tricks, and deprived of all the things that make them happy, like family and freedom.”
She added, “I couldn’t be more proud to join PETA in bringing Ellie’s story to life for children everywhere, with the hope of instilling the idea of compassion and kindness for living creatures of all kinds.”
Ellie is already garnering rave reviews from students from the 3,000 elementary students she has visited. One student at Horace Mann Elementary in Oakland, California, asked, “Why don’t circuses just use robots instead?” Out of the mouths of babes.
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — has been working on the plight of elephants in captivity and those who are forced to perform in circuses, for some time. By tapping into the natural empathy of children, they might finally be able to bring a cessation to the horrific predicaments these elephants have to endure in the near future.
Get a look at Ellie, here: