Written by Michelle Kretzer
could almost be a story out of The Onion,
but it's completely true. Shoemaker PMK designed a pair of sneakers for Beyoncé, called "King Beys,"
made of calf hair and crocodile, anaconda, stingray, and ostrich skins. The
company started marketing the shoes on its website, and, incredibly, told
consumers that "[n]o animals were beaten, harmed, or killed" for the
shoes. I think the five different
species of animals who
were most certainly beaten, harmed, and killed for the shoes would beg
response, PETA's legal counsel has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Andre Scott,
the CEO of PMK, demanding that the company immediately stop issuing false and
misleading statements to customers or face legal action.
Scott and other executives are in doubt, PETA invited them to watch our video
Horrors," narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, which shows how many of
the exotic animals they used are beaten, stabbed, and flayed alive.
isn't exactly known for being a by-the-book company. On January 23, Ohio's attorney
general filed a lawsuit against it and Scott for violating customer protection
laws. The suit alleges that consumers paid for but did not receive products nor
did they receive refunds from the company. PMK also received an "F" rating from the Better
giving PMK an "F," too—for "false,"
"fraudulent," and "facing a lawsuit."
Angeles' STAPLES Center
will become the city's
vegetarian center when Morrissey plays there March 1.
The music legend has asked that no "flesh as food" be served at his shows, but fans will have plenty of festive fare, including
vegan sloppy Joes, vegan sushi, and grilled veggie sandwiches, to munch on
while they rock out to "Meat Is Murder." And as an extra nod to
animals, Moz also required that McCruelty shutter its doors for the day.
Beyoncé took a page out of
Morrissey's songbook when she wanted to drop her baby weight. Bey started eating one vegan meal a day,
and she's kept it up.
Maybe since she's eating fewer animals, she'll consider wearing fewer animals,
what PETA is asking the Buffalo
Sabres to do. When the hockey team
started awarding the "player
of the game" with a fur coat, we wrote to the Sabres' owner, Terry Pegula, urging him to do away with these vile gifts
as the team scrambles to reinvent itself as winners after the highly publicized
firing of head coach Lindy Ruff.
it's Canadian sealers that seals have to worry about, but recently two
young women were caught on
camera hitting and kicking seals who were resting on a
California beach. People were outraged, and Ian Somerhalder, along with many others,
took to Twitter to defend the seals as well as other animals:
Miley Cyrus is always full of sweet
tweets, so of course, she and dad Billy Ray Cyrus were on board to
compete in the Twitter for
the Critters Celebrity Challenge, a Twitter competition
that is raising money for several animal shelters and sanctuaries.
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith's household may rival
Miley's in number of rescued dogs. The couple adopted two Labrador-shepherd
mixes, a brother and sister. PETA helped welcome the pups to their new home
with toys, treats, and a copy of Let's Have a Dog Party!
screen legend James
Cromwell has also had an
exciting month. He was arrested while helping PETA disrupt a meeting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
to protest the school's
painful and deadly experiments on cats. Then he joined awesome animal advocate Jane Velez-Mitchell on her
show to publicize the school's
crimes against cats even more.
keep up with what all your favorite stars are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
one of Ricky Gervais'
young fans tweeted the
star with the message "my parents agreed if you retweet this they will buy
my sister a dog & let you name it," Ricky
agreed but with one important stipulation. "A rescue dog tho,"
he mandated. We would expect nothing less from the man who is a constant voice for homeless
animals, urging people to adopt, never buy, and bashing greedy breeders and puppy mills. And like many
compassionate celebrities, Ricky consistently uses his Twitter account to reach
millions of people with animal-friendly messages.
can always count on Ricky to get an animal rights point across while he's
making people laugh. And Jon
Stewart did, too, with The
Daily Show's humorous coverage of Iran's launching a monkey into space: "Iran, you think
the CIA is tough? You just got PETA on your ass, and those guys don't f**k around." We'd love to hear Jon's take on Funny or Die's spot-on spoof of Dodge Ram's pandering
"God Made a Farmer" Super Bowl ad, "God Made a Factory Farmer."
Waka Flocka Flame's
hilarious Instagram photo
had us laughing at how ridiculous people look in fur:
Beyoncé went fur-free at the
Super Bowl, but she draped herself in python skin, iguana skin, and leather instead.
urging the singer to take a cue from other beautiful, talented performers such
as Carrie Underwood,
who puts on a dynamic show in cruelty-free fashions.
it was the epitome of a dynamic cruelty-free show when Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart
presented the first completely vegan runway show at
New York Fashion Week. Celebrities are flocking
to the line, which is named after "haute couture" but spelled with a "v"
York isn't the only city celebrating cruelty-free fashion. Across the pond, our
affiliate PETA U.K. presented the first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards, with celeb judges Sadie
Frost and Meg Mathews honoring animal-friendly fashion from top designers and
retailers such as Stella
McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Topshop.
Written by PETA
When we got calls about rumors that Beyoncé supposedly abandoned her dog Munchie at the offices of her record company, we suspected that the rumor mill wasn't quite getting the story straight. So, we contacted Beyoncé's people.
We've had an up and down relationship with the Dreamgirl over her past fur-wearing, but lately it's been on the ups, as she hasn't been seen in fur the past two winters. Today, we were happy to learn from Beyoncé's rep that—as we expected—the Munchie tale is far from the truth and that the dog hasn't even been to the record company's offices in months.
The rep calls Munchie a pampered pooch whom everyone adores and says that Beyoncé and her cousin (the pup's main caretaker) are still crazy in love with him. Because they travel quite a bit, Munchie is usually left with family or friends—never at the record company.
We are glad to hear that Beyoncé isn't leaving her "baby boy" behind, and we're certainly happy to hear that Munchie is "irreplaceable" to his guardians.
Written by Lianne Turner
So we’re calling a ceasefire. As a goodwill gesture, PETA Senior VP Lisa Lange just sent newlyweds Beyoncé and Jay-Z a luxurious throw from top faux fur maker Fabulous Furs accompanied by the following note:
“From all of us at PETA, we wish you much happiness in your life together. Please accept this faux-fur throw with many good wishes and a hope from us that together, you’ll be a fur-free couple!”
Or, as she told the media, “Celebrities know that the easiest way to keep PETA off their backs is by keeping fur off their backs. Time will tell if Beyoncé is truly committed to being fur-free, but all indications are that she’s become a real ‘dreamgirl’ for fur-bearing animals.” We’re all pretty interested to see how this one pans out. Let’s hope for the best.
One of our most popular anti-fur slogans here at PETA is “Fur is worn by beautiful animals and ugly people”. And we’ve got some great ads to back it up. But the pictures that have been circulating of Aretha Franklin at the Grammy awards last week don’t even really need the tagline to drive that point home. She looks like a walrus in a cat costume. Except, like, nowhere near as cute as that sounds.
Here’s the note that PETA VP Dan Mathews sent to Aretha, who got all in a tizzy yesterday about the fact that Beyonce called Tina Turner “the Queen” and not her.
Dear Aretha-Music lovers may think of you as a "queen," but to animal lovers, you are a court jester. I'm sorry, Aretha, but your furs make you look like a clown. Why not shed the old-fashioned look that adds pounds to your frame and detracts from your beautiful voice? Won't you donate your furs to the poor as "queen of compassion," Mariah Carey, did? You'll get a tax credit for the donation, and we at PETA will all sing your praises.Dan MathewsVP, PETA
Pop singer Pink, who is currently my favorite person on the planet, went public with the information in a recent interview with the UK newspaper News of the World. Pink was understandably pissed off about the fact that Beyonce has animals violently killed so she can wear them around town. Here are some choice tidbits:
"I only hope she gets bit on the arse by whatever animal she wears. … People will think it's ok or cool, but it's not.""Some of the practices are so cruel and as a celebrity you have a responsibility to think about the message you're sending out by wearing fur."
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the video of our own recent attempt to reason with Beyonce on the subject. By an odd coincidence, we won a contest to have dinner with Beyonce and her mom, so we took the opportunity to have a little chat with them.
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