Katy Perry is being criticized over a new advert for the Australian department store chain Myer. In the ad, the pop star tells her dog to “go chase some koalas” – a comment deemed inappropriate by leading vet Claire Madden. Around 110 koalas are attacked and killed by dogs each year in Queensland.
“Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas. Katy Perry I challenge you to come and spend a day with me (a wildlife vet) and learn first hand why your comment should NOT be streamed across the nation. Koalas attacked by dogs is one of their biggest threats and primary reasons for presenting to wildlife hospitals across Australia. Come visit me and you will quickly learn how adorable and precious our koalas are and how undeserving your comment is, ” Madden said.
Myers is currently working on removing the offensive comments. Watch the video clip below: