From calling out the likes of Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears has been the source of controversial moments as of late.
And it seems that once again she’s on the receiving end of backlash as she posed with a monkey while on holiday.
The video, which the 'Toxic' singer posted to Instagram on Saturday, shows the star touring around Mexico while she partakes in various activities like shopping at market stalls and sunbathing on the beach.
Take a look at the bizarre clip here:
But fans were not happy with one of her vacation pastimes in particular - holding and kissing chained monkeys - as onlookers slammed the 40-year-old for ‘glorifying’ animal abuse.
Followers took to the post in their masses to denounce the practice, which sees the apes being carried around on leashes for entertainment.
One follower urged the singer, “Please do not support animals in chains!”, while someone else added: “Not the monkey.”
“Not cool to promote animal cruelty Britney,” another follower said in an attempt to educate the performer. “Monkeys are stolen from their mothers who are often killed. Then they are used as props in tourist photos and often given up or put down when they reach adolescence.
“It's great that you are free and happy. Please understand how powerful your platform and posts are, they can make a difference or normalise abuse.”
Someone else compared the animal’s treatment to that of Britney during her conservatorship, which she will soon be celebrating a year of being free from.
They wrote: “Can we maybe not glorify monkeys on leashes? Remember people used to get enjoyment out of your imprisonment too and that's not fair for either of you.”
UNILAD has contacted a representative of Britney Spears for a comment.
Last month, fans noticed that Christina Aguilera no longer follows Spears after her 'fat shaming' Instagram post, which has been the subject of heavy criticism in recent moments. You can read more on that here.
If you see an animal in distress and/or in need of help, contact the RSPCA's 24-hour animal cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 or visit their website for further advice. In the US, call SPCA on 212-244-SPCA (7722) Monday – Friday 9am-5pm EST or call 9111 if a crime is in progress
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