Written by Jeff Mackey
Just in case Santa is having any trouble with his
last-minute "naughty or nice" decisions, PETA has teamed up with World Entertainment News Network
to circulate a Christmas Eve list of the most animal-unfriendly celebrities of the year. So
here are our Top (Bottom?) Three Celebrity Grinches of 2011:
Kim © StarmaxInc | Foxes © Patricia
Here's hoping that the hearts of this terrible trio grow three sizes this holiday season and that we can start the new year off (animal) right(s)!
Written by Michelle Kretzer
If you were gliding around an ice rink and spotted two leopards, your first response would probably be to jump out of your skin. And that's exactly the response that PETA's sultry "leopards" are hoping to get from people who are wearing skins stolen from animals.
The cool cats were at an ice rink in Washington, D.C., this week to ask skaters to shun fur, leather, and wool. Since we're well past the Ice Age, it's high time to don cruelty-free fashions and leave animal skins on their original owners.
Playboy Playmate Crystal McCahill
is no stranger to wearing bunny ears. But today, she and PETA campaigner Tracy
Patton put on bunny
ears for a different reason: to save bunny skins. The PETA cottontails asked
shoppers in busy downtown Chicago to hightail it away from fur.
The bunnies were hopping mad about how
animals are beaten,
electrocuted, and often skinned alive
for their fur.
And as these two made clear, everyone looks best in their own skin.
Be a bunny's honey—don't wear fur.
We all know about "The Twelve Days
of Christmas," but what about "The 12 Days of Rickmas"? Ricky Gervais
is doing his own take on the classic carol on Twitter. On the first day of
Rickmas, you should give your true love your signature on a petition to ban the tiger-skin
On the second day of Rickmas, you can give your true love whatever you like,
just so long as it isn't anything
furry—dead or alive.
What will Ricky
recommend next? A ban on
foie gras? A donation to an animal rights group? The suspense is like … waiting for Christmas.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Last week, PETA
gave out 100 fur coats
to the only people who have any excuse to wear them: the homeless. This
giveaway took place at the office of the Greater Cincinnati
Coalition for the Homeless in a city where frigid temperatures combine with one
of the worst poverty rates in the country to make winters truly a matter of
life and death.
The coats that PETA
distributed at the event were all donated by erstwhile fur-wearers who, once
they found out that animals on fur farms
are often bludgeoned or genitally electrocuted, couldn't stand to have carcasses
in their closets. The coats are marked so that they can't be resold, and even
though the animals' lives can't be returned, at least the coats may help save
Anyone who has a
coat moldering away in a closet and is too ashamed to wear it in public can
give the item as a tax-deductable
to PETA. Rest assured that we'll put it to good use through giveaways to the
homeless, as bedding for animals in wildlife rehabilitation centers, or as a
prop in one of our famous street-theater anti-fur demos.
Presley has left the building—to help PETA's hound dog "fox"
and "rabbit" ask Nashville shoppers to leave animal skins off their
holiday gift lists.
shopper who stopped to talk had to fight back tears—and not because she touched
the King of Rock and Roll. She was appalled when the demonstrators explained
how sheep used for wool have chunks of skin and flesh cut off
their backsides with little to no pain
nothing "tender" about the way animals killed for fur are beaten, electrocuted, and
skinned alive or the way animals killed for leather have their throats cut
and are skinned and
dismembered, often while still conscious.
if you don't live in Music City, you can still make your holiday shopping list
music to animals' ears by choosing gifts that are free of animal skins. And if you receive a
dead animal's skin as a present, you can gently "return to sender" and
explain why. We think the King would approve.
Bikinis in December? Sure.
Eye blacks with garters? Why not?
Fur? What, are you crazy?
The Lingerie Football League's
took to the streets yesterday to call "foul" on fur.
Courtesy of Dave B
The ladies braved the
chilly temps to show Torontonians that football players can take a beating, but
that furry animals
shouldn't have to. Unless someone was cruisin' for a bruisin', my bet is the
shoppers steered clear of fur.
residents of Carlie
home state aren't happy with her for making Maryland look like Hairyland by wearing the fur coat she
was given as a prize for winning the Miss Maryland pageant. As Colella arrived
at the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown on Sunday for a send-off reception before
heading to the Miss America pageant, she was greeted by PETA supporters who
were there to remind her that only mean people wear fur.
having seen video footage of animals being beaten and skinned alive on the body television that
one of the protesters wore, Miss Maryland will prove that she is a beautiful
person inside as well as out by donating her fur coat to PETA.
would, in fact, be a great way to start bringing about world peace.
Written by PETA
A longtime Janet Jackson
fan is leaving the Rhythm Nation after Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction worse
than her infamous Super Bowl halftime appearance. After PETA supporter Sean
Oltersdorf learned that Jackson was appearing in ad campaigns for Blackglama furs,
he put his 25-year collection of Janet memorabilia on the auction block, with
100 percent of the proceeds going to PETA.
On his eBay site, "Janet Jackson: Better NAKED Than
Oltersdorf explained his decision to bidders:
"Janet has decided to partner with
fur designer Blackglama and put her name on a line of mink pelts.
As the guardian to six rescued animals (three of whom are chinchillas, who [on fur farms]
are bred in deplorable conditions and often skinned alive
for their beautiful fur), I can't—in good conscience—simultaneously support
this kind of cruel ambition while having a care for those without a voice. I am
responding with my own partnership with PETA and auctioning my entire
Janet Jackson collection (over 60 items) and donating 100% of the proceeds to
Perhaps the best part
of Oltersdorf's auction page is the picture he posted of his chinchillas with
the caption "Janet, what have you done for US lately?" People who
think Jackson should stick to making music—not hawking cruel clothing—can bid on the collection until December 9.
Seeing Chris Andersen flying through the air to make another dunk for the Denver Nuggets, two things become obvious: how he got the nickname "Birdman" and how big a fan he is of ink. Seeing Chris in his new PETA ad, two more things become obvious: He's cut like granite, and he refuses to wear fur.
Chris didn't choose an arena filled with hoops fans for the unveiling of his new ad; he picked a homeless shelter. At Denver's New Genesis center, he handed out donated fur coats to the homeless—the only people with an excuse for wearing them. "Animals, they don't deserve to be beaten or slaughtered," he said.
You can catch the behind-the-scenes video from Chris' photo shoot and enter to win the PETA shirt that he wore and autographed here.
Doesn't it seem like real tough guys are comfortable in their own skin, while the lame posers hide underneath animals'?
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