Written by Michelle Kretzer
Presidents, hip-hop moguls,
and now PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews have taken the
stage at New York arts-and-culture venue 92YTribeca. Dan, together with new "I'd
Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" model Cornelia Guest, New York Times advertising columnist Stuart Elliott, and Newsweek and Daily Beast celebrity columnist Lloyd Grove, discussed how PETA's
campaigns and celebrity collaborations push animal rights
issues into mainstream media outlets.
the audience members came in with doubts or criticism, we're betting that they left
with insight into PETA's tactics after hearing Dan explain that PETA has
wonderful stories about building
houses for "backyard dogs," rescuing animals from cruel circuses and
laboratories, and much more—but what news outlets like Inside Edition want to cover is controversy, nudity, and
he was there to serve as an unbiased voice, Stuart Elliott noted that PETA's ability
to create "buzz" through naked ads and the use of celebrities in
protests was decades ahead of modern social-media campaigns. He also commented
that the success of PETA's "shockvertising" has persuaded other
organizations to follow suit. I guess imitation really is the sincerest form of
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
© Taylor Hill
What do you give a
beautiful and charming New York socialite for her birthday? Fur coats, of
course. At her birthday luncheon today, Cornelia Guest
and her well-wishers donated dozens of their own coats—made from foxes, chinchillas, rabbits,
minks, and other animals—to
PETA's fur coat giveaway
program for the homeless.
PETA Vice President
Dan Mathews was on hand to collect the furs and said, "Fur used to be a
uniform in high society, but that's all changing, and nobody illustrates that
better than Cornelia."
After the vegan
birthday cake was served, Cornelia spoke about the hideous cruelty of the fur industry.
She said of fur-wearing among members of high society, "It's the
fire-hydrant syndrome. Once one dog lifts his leg, they all follow!"
Cornelia also unveiled
her new ad
for PETA's iconic "I'd
Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur"
campaign to convince others to swear off fur furever. Her ad will hit New York's streets during the busy holiday-shopping
season to remind shoppers that compassion is the fashion.
If you or anyone
you know has fur coats moldering away in their closets, why not follow the
example of Cornelia and her friends and donate them to PETA? We'll mark them so
that they can't be resold and give them to the homeless for a little extra
warmth this winter. Remember: Even a little bit of fur trim
means a world of suffering for animals on fur farms
or who are trapped
in the wild.
Written by PETA
New York socialite
and cruelty-free fashion connoisseur Cornelia Guest
is taking her passion for helping animals to great lengths in a brand-new anti-fur ad
Cornelia—who is the
daughter of one of the best-dressed women of the 20th century, C.Z. Guest—used
to wear fur, but she had a change of heart when she learned more about the
heartless fur industry.
Now, Cornelia shuns animal products of all kinds—she even launched her own line
of nonleather handbags at
At her birthday
party on November 16, Cornelia will donate all her old furs
to PETA, and she is encouraging her guests to do the same. PETA will mark the
fur coats so that they can't be resold and will give them to the homeless
so that they can be warmer this winter.
And for those of us
who have ever wished for a guide to sophisticated vegan soirées, Cornelia has
just finished a high-style vegan-entertaining book—replete with original recipes,
decorating and party tips, and animal factoids—that will be published in May.
compassionate lead and cleanse your closet of skins. Click here for PETA's guide to cruelty-free
by Heather Faraid Drennan
In Wednesday's New York Times dining section, someone thought it would be a riot to take the decapitated, amputated, defeathered corpse of a chicken and prop the body up in a sexually suggestive "come hither" pose.
PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk was not amused. "When I saw it, I just couldn't believe that an editor of The New York Times would find it acceptable," she told The Atlantic Wire. "It's downright offensive, not just to people who care about animals but to anyone. It's a plucked, beheaded, young chicken …. [That's] necrophilia. It's not amusing. It's just sick."
Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Some have suggested that PETA, which has never shied away from using nudity to make a point, is in no position to cast stones. Excuse me? A key difference between PETA's ads and the New York Times' photo is that our models are willing participants who are still very much alive.
Is it a sign of how desensitized our society has become to the animals who are violently slaughtered for food that someone would think it a "sexy" joke to pose a young chicken—a baby, really, as chickens are slaughtered at 6 to 8 weeks old—like the star of a lingerie commercial. But picture in this bird's place the decapitated, amputated, skinned corpse of a puppy or a kitten. Would anybody be laughing—or licking their chops? Doubt it.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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