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Iggy Azalea & French Montana exploit more than just this elephant

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What do you get the man who has everything? Negative attention, apparently.

Perez Hilton shared the shit storm that followed some IG videos that hip hop recording artist French Montana shared of his 32nd birthday gift – an elephant doing party tricks on his front lawn. Iggy Azalea, Montana’s rapping and romantic partner, also took a turn posing with the “present.” It seems there are more fans of elephants than there are of the celebrity pair, and they think comments written in caps lock are an effective form of communication.

Some zeroed in on the ankle bracelets the elephant can be seeing wearing as she demonstrates her balance on a block and shows her strength lifting a security guard.  Other welfarists inferred that her training to do these stunts was likely cruel. One commenter even ignorantly bellowed that “elephants lives matter,” and embarrassed us all.

But since Montana and Azalea aren’t on team vegan, and likely most of these commenters aren’t either, all animal exploitation is the elephant in the room (get it). Why does no one shoot back when they snap a pic eating a steak dinner or stepping out in head to toe leather? As long as we continue compartmentalizing the uses of animals as necessary and unnecessary arbitrarily, and people will see this exotic animal use as being worse than their daily plate of animal protein, then elephants will still be available for hire. 

Clear and consistent vegan advocacy is the only way we’ll help others learn that all animal use must end. And that’s not just for those in the spotlight.

Photo from US Weekly

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