The internet is outraged over the latest photo shoot by Cosmopolitan India, where Kriti Sanon is posing with a hanging giraffe. 

“I’m not someone who gets angry easily, but when I read about atrocities against women, it really upsets me.” Meet our cover girl @kritisanon being her candid self in our August issue.✨ PS: Aynhoe Park features taxidermy, hundreds of years old, most from museums. Taxidermy is the art of preserving an animal that died of natural causes, for academic purposes. The giraffe featured here is floating (not hanging, heavens no!) with balloons on its back. An art installation, in what is possibly one of the eclectic yet most majestic mansions in the world. PPS: Cosmo loves, no, is obsessed with animals. We were, possibly, the first magazine in India to ban the featuring of fur, three years ago. No animals were harmed before, during, or after this shoot. We may be guilty of watching too many puppy videos during work hours, though. Photograph: @andrewwoffinden; styling: @zunailimalik; hair: @aasifahmedofficial; makeup: @adrianjacobsofficial using @facescanada; location courtesy: @aynhoepark; production: @viennafilms Kriti is wearing – high neck top, @hm; pants, @431_88; stilettos, Red Label Collection, @bata.india; necklace: @swarovski #KritiSanon #OnlyInCosmo #CosmoIndia

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The photo is not just weird but extremely disturbing. And it has sparked massive outrage on the internet, rightfully so. Especially ironic is the caption that includes this quote by Sanon, 

I’m not someone who gets angry easily, but when I read about atrocities against women, it really upsets me.

To talk about women empowerment while showing a helpless creature in the background is counter-intuitive, to say the least. What parallels are being drawn here? Harmed or not, animals are not props. Aesthetics cannot overrule animal cruelty, especially when it is explicitly imposed for your purpose.

Irrespective of the magazine’s explanation, that no animals were harmed during the shoot, the use of endangered animals like giraffe as a prop simply propagates the idea that animals can be used for aesthetic purposes. And that is a despicable idea – something that the Internet was quick to point out as well. 

People even took to Twitter to express their outrage over the shoot: 

The location of the shoot is the Anyhoe Park in London – a private country house ‘available for exclusive hire, weddings, parties and corporate retreats’. Animals preserved via taxidermy are a constant fixture of the house, and in fact, have been used multiple times for various shoots. 

The sad part is, no one seems to think that using animals as props is a cause for concern. 

Cruelty in the name of art! What were these guys thinking?