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Dan Mathews to Kylie Minogue: Bag the Bag

Written by PETA | October 13, 2007

PETA Senior VP Dan Mathews just penned an earnest appeal to Australian singer Kylie Minogue, who was photographed last week toting a python purse, asking the singer to “bag” her exotic skin accessories (see letter below).

Dan’s appeal is particularly timely because he is on his way to Australia for the Australian launch of his irreverent memoir, Committed, which will include book signings in Melbourne and Brisbane and a debate at The University of Sydney.

Let’s hope Kylie is as receptive to Dan as others have been in the past. Similar appeals have resulted in designers such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren dropping fur from their collections, and stars such as Martha Stewart and Mariah Carey clearing their closets of it.

Here’s Dan’s letter to Kylie.

Dear Kylie,Greetings from PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organization, with more than 1.8 million members and supporters. I am PETA’s senior vice president-and also one of your loyal gay American fans (going back to “Step Back in Time”).As an entertainer who has overcome major personal obstacles, you have shown that you are unafraid to address serious issues. I’m writing to you today about cruelty to animals. You were recently photographed clutching a bag made of python skin, and as a result there has been a flurry of interest in the bag from both followers of fashion and those who are painfully aware of the excruciating ways in which these exotic animals are skinned.Every year, millions of snakes—an integral part of jungle and forest ecosystems—are snatched by the greedy international skin trade. The animals are often impaled on hooks or nailed to trees by their heads and skinned alive. Large snakes like pythons may have a hose inserted into their mouths and be pumped full of water to loosen their skin, so it will cut away more easily. The animals’ peeled, writhing bodies are then discarded, and it can take days before the animals die from the effects of shock and dehydration.And it’s not just in places like Asia and Africa where reptiles are tormented—PETA has conducted undercover investigations at American farms where alligators are bludgeoned in the head before hammers and chisels are used to sever their spinal chords. These methods only paralyze the animals—they, too, are often conscious during skinning. But exotic animal farms are rare—90 percent of these fascinating beings are wild-caught. Those who are “farmed” are usually confined to areas of wilderness that have been fenced off, but because mortality rates are so high, many wild—caught animals are tossed in with them for breeding. The endangered species of tomorrow can be seen in the fashion magazines of today.Kylie, you are such a compassionate person—I can’t imagine you’d wish to contribute to this hidden suffering, especially for something as frivolous as a fashion accessory that can be replicated with no bloodshed. These days, it’s easy to have a look that kills without killing, with fake snake, mock croc, python pleather, and other designer items that pay tribute to the beauty of these animals without massacring them. Won’t you assure us—and those who follow your fashion lead—that you’ll no longer sport exotic skins?Kindest regards,Dan MathewsSenior Vice President

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  • SYKESplp says:

    yes i agree completely this is amazing and i hope kylie changes her mind about sporting these bags! love you dan!

  • Mr. Chief says:

    Teabag it!

  • dianekeziah says:

    I always suspected these animals were skinned alive being reptiles. This is horrible and should be punishable with harsh sentences not just fines. This is very upsetting.

  • Ariel says:

    The WWF is one of those orgs. that has a lot more going on behind the scenes then they want their members to know.

  • Ferretboy says:

    alpha dog i support WWF does that matter?

  • Carla says:

    Great! It’s funny how our eyes can pickup on the uncompassionate kind so easily!

  • rojo says:

    A persuasive letter that doesn’t insult well done Dan. Perhaps he should draft or edit all important letters.

  • alpha dog says:

    kylie doesn’t think as far as i know she is supporting the WWF!

  • V. Soto says:

    Dan Matthews rules!!!!!

  • Ray-O says:

    The idea of farming animals for their fur is just ludicrous. We have plastic polymers that simulate the look and feel of fur. We have leftover Black Angus pelts from a slaughterhouse. Obviously nobody’s gonna eat a mink. Why take away its fur. As for the alligators I don’t object too much. Alligators are raised for meat in the bayou. I’ve even seen a jaguar eat a gator so feel free to turn it into a shoe. What’s that? You say? You’re saying eating a chicken is the same thing as eating a dog? Yeah maybe you wouldn’t eat your dog but your dog would eat the chicken.

  • AnimalLib says:

    I have a very HQ image of her wearing a mink fur coat if you’re interested Jack. And don’t delete this comment like you did with that one I made about Dita Von Teese wearing the mahogany fur coat it was just a suggestion the you write her a letter about that. Anyway good idea thoughabout emailing Kylie. Although she is the Australian version of Madonna and you know what she’s like when it comes to helping animals “Oh I’ll help animals then I’ll accessorise with them” Just like she does with children but who knows maybe Kylie’s different maybe.

  • Kat says:

    I love when PeTA particularly Dan Matthews love ya dan! writes a letter that is both poignant and cordial. THIS is what individuals will respond to and will effect change. It includes the hard facts and is opinionated but does not demean the recipient but rather flatters and encourages. Beautifully done we need more eloquent writers like this!