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Krupa Responds to Crucifix Controversy

Written by PETA | December 1, 2009



Tongues are already wagging over Joanna Krupa’s latest PETA ad, but not everyone is showering this angel for animals with love and support. More specifically, the Catholic League had some not-so-nice things to say. Always on her toes, the Dancing With the Stars alum was swift to come to the defense of her newest ad by releasing the following statement about why she chose to pose for us:

It’s understandable that the Catholic League is wary of another sex scandal, but the sex we’re talking about pertains to dogs and cats. As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of. I’m doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God’s creation. I am a voice for innocent animals who are being neglected and dumped by the millions at shelters. In my heart I know that Jesus would never condone the suffering that results when dogs and cats are allowed to breed.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • Fol001 says:

    This is blasphemy.

  • DLo says:

    I am inspired by her response. So beautifully and thoughtfully put. Spoken like a true animal lover.

  • Iwona says:

    Thank you Joanna.Thanks from Poland.

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  • Maria says:

    Not to crap on anyone personally but this is SO like the Catholic church stepping all over a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body. If Ms. Krupa wants to pose in the buff she has every right to.

  • Michelle says:

    I think this ad is beautiful I don’t understand the controversy. If anything it shows me a nonreligious person that the church does support compassion towards animals and not just view them as soulless things. Great job PETA and kudos to Krupa.

  • gerold says:

    Oh yes so it is right thank you Joanna!

  • Kath Hewitt says:

    Ghandi said The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. That he said this was no accident. It is a proven fact that serial killers for example often practice and perfect their art upon animals. I sincerely believe that all living things irrespective of our perceived “pecking order” are worthy of humanity respect and empathy. This should be upheld by law and enforced by politics.

  • ratking says:

    i admire joanna’s courage in action and word and boooooo for the catholic church which until nowadays didn’t show much courage in defending the animals neither humans see the unholy inquisition the south american conquista the crusades and their nazi holocaust attitude! did they apologize for all these misdeads? until nowadays i didn’t hear anything!!!

  • Keely says:

    To Acciah Unless the animals that you would be eating are being fed grains that were grown elsewhere and not in possibly contaminated soil then they wouldn’t be any better for you to eat than the contaminated vegetables. Add in all the other things like hormones and antibiotics and artery clogging fat etc. that you’d be getting by eating the animals and you still come out worse than you would if you had simply eaten contaminated vegetables. What about growing your own vegetables? Even if you had no garden you could grown them in containers. Is it possible that you could get some potting soil that isn’t from a contaminated source? You would have total control over what goes into or gets sprayed on your veggies and you’d be saving lives by cutting out the meat.

  • walter sibert says:

    That bill oriley or how ever you spell his name can kiss my a. saying how americans have spoken and there gonna eat meat. he said that the animal has to die and the fish has to die. Yes thats true but they dont have to be treated the way they are treated until they do die. i bet it he had to live like one of them for just one day he woul have a differnt view.

  • Jolee says:

    Hi I’m new to PETA and to trying to go vegan. I belive in Jesus Christ as the world’s Savior and God’s gift for redemption however I am not a Catholic. I have Catholic family and friends. I don’t think the ad is a matter of religion necessarily but lack of discernment. We don’t need soft porn to get people to be kind to God’s creatures. Most of us who don’t look like this chick whoever she is…don’t need to see her naked whether we look as good or better or like total slobs. That’s just my opinion and I bet guys who view the ad have more positive posts on her naked ad than the rest of us but will it motivate them to be an animal activist? doubtful…

  • Matt says:

    The meaning of the ad is fine but I don’t agree with mixing sex appeal and faith in the ad.

  • Anabel says:

    I am catholic and I love the message of the add! The church should protest with the same amount of passion when priests abuse children! Animals are our friends and the ALLMIGHTY put them in Earth for us to admire love and protect them!

  • Brian C. says:

    1it’s not a crucifix just an ornate cross. A Crucifix would have Jesus on it. 2 God created us as vegans from the beginning. Before the Fall of Man all the animals were herbivores. 3 Daniel and his friends ate pulse during their captivity. And faired better than those who ate meat. We should be concerned about the overpopulated pet market. If this ad gets you to purchase a pet from a shelter rather than a mill. Good for her.

  • dunechavo says:

    Being a Catholic I am HONORED to see the sign of the Catholic fate extended over this poor animals. Being from San Francisco named after the Italian SaintProtector of animals I am proud for the work of PETA.

  • Michelle Marquez says:

    I am not a believer of God. But I was raised Catholic and I PERSONALLY don’t see the picture as being offensive. To those Christian Catholics ect……If I were to believe in God In my eyes All animals are children of God too just because they’re not “human” doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get the same respect and rights as a human. So let me ask you if this ad was to help stop child abuse sex slaves war poverty help prevent murder and many other human rights would this ad be offensive in you eyes? I’m sure it wouldn’t! I love this ad it’s a beautiful Picture and I would like to have it to hang in my home. As a vegetarian and a huge animal lover I don’t care what is done to help and save the lives of any and all animals in the world. GOOD JOB PETA! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  • Diane says:

    The Catholic church takes offense with the use of a symbol but they don’t take offense with the slaughter of millions of innocent creatures??? Give me a break! I think this ad is intelligent and visually beautiful but the message is what is important. Shame on the Catholic Church!

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  • Bon says:

    This is extremely offensive u took ur add way to far. At least put clothes on the girl. This is discusting! Shame on your company

  • Virginia says:

    The problem is with the use of the Crucifix that is offensive not her message. The use of anything remotely sacred to a Muslim or Jew in a photo of this type would never ever have been considered.

  • ravi says:

    shouldn’t they be worrying about the sex scandals of priests abusing little boys something the vatican refuses to address and condemn instead of focusing on peta ads

  • rbird says:

    Groups or individuals may make whatever comments they wish.They are only expressing personal opinions which carry no weight unless accompanied with check.

  • Acciah says:

    Since childhood I have not been an avid meat eater although I do at times partake. I love veggies but am having a problem dealing with the polution. I live in Europe and there is talk about the chernobal contamination of green veggies and mushrooms. The soil is corrupt. How does eating veggies in this instance become a “healthier” choice? Please don’t ignore my question as I am asking in earnest not as a provocature…Thanks

  • Marcia says:

    The Catholic Church has a very poor record of protesting animal cruelty. Somehow if any treatment of animals benefits human beings it is usually excused. Look at the treatment of animals in primarily Catholic countries bullfighting and abuse of animals in carnivals in Spain Latin America Mexico etc.. I grew up as a Catholic and in all my years in church never heard a sermon against cruelty to animals. Of course in fall men were told that it would be a mortal sin to miss mass during hunting seasonnever a word about shooting and maiming animals.

  • Vicky says:

    You go girfriend

  • Kurt K says:

    Barabbas More like taking a shot at the easiest target. This day in age it is so easy to critisize Christianity. However if you critisize Islam you are all the sudden racist. In my opinion religion should be left out of such controversal displays. And PETA thanks for posting my response from yesterday.

  • Bob L says:

    Ok an organization that systematically abused children for centuries is complaining about a picture that’s trying to save animals. What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Barabbas says:

    Well we have done a Christian based shoot. Now for Jewish Muslim Hindu Shinto etc. Cant just do one religious icon now can we. Or that would make us prejudiced against the others

  • Max says:

    But Kelley Jesus was Jewish. The slaughter of animals to eat was performed regularly in his town. They did it by slitting the animals’ necks I feel so sorry for them. But unfortunately for those poor animals that’s the way it was done.

  • John Carmody says:

    Joanne Krupa well said!

  • Kae Eileen says:

    This ad is awesome! Be an angel for the weak…the Catholics talk about that all the time…I am no longer a catholic but for 10 years I was a practicing Catholic…My grandfather is a Deacon in the church and he loved your ad! so the Catholic Legue just wants something to bitch about… BEAUtiful D

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    The Catholic Church has a poor record of protecting it’s human members from those in Church Authority. For over a century the Catholic Church condoned the kidnapping of women and girls into slave labor in the Magdalen convents the last Magdalen Laundry closed in 1998!. Considering this along with the molestation charges involving priests and the outright cruelty of the Christian Brothers. They have no regard for human rights so how do you expect them to have regard for the rights of animals? Also the nudity thing has never impressed me. I don’t wear fur because it is morally wrong in an era where we have so many alternatives not because some socalled celebrity appears naked in an ad.

  • Kelley says:

    Jesus would want us to be kind to animals.

  • Kristen says:

    I’m pretty sure the Catholic Church respects all life and to further this point I found a quote from an interview with the current Pope” Animals too” he stressed “are God’s creatures and even if they do not have the same direct relationship to God that man has they are still creatures of His will creatures we must respect as companions in creation.” I just wonder why PETA wasn’t all over this quote and didn’t use this quote from someone who is the spiritual leader of a billion people and who is the head of an institution that is over 2000 years old to further their point on respecting animals. I think the Pope’s statement is far more profound than a celeb.

  • AAG says:

    Being Catholic I do understand the League’s reaction to the photo where a cross a symbol of Jesus’s sacrifice was used to cover up specific body parts on Krupa was found to be offensive. I also found questionable the use of a a rosary in the first ad. Being that she is Polish I though she may be Catholic since 99 of Poles are Catholic but I wasn’t pleased with the the rosary being used as a a prop. If it was used in a context that as a devout Catholic I am opposed to animal exploitation and cruelty I am fine with it. The Rosary also is a unique symbol for Catholics because the prayers are of the Life of Jesus. I applaud Krupa’s efforts to promote reponsibility and compassion towards animals and since Catholics are the largest Christian group it is essential to reach them . But I must add that there is a need to use Catholic symbols with respect. Please look at Catholic Concern For Animals and find out more how Catholcism is leading the way towards compassion love and respect for animals God’s creaures yes veganism is promoted by CCA. I am a board member for the USA counterpart.

  • NT says:

    Awesome! As a Catholic I feel the same way. The Church should be doing more to protect animals.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Luminous Catholic that loved animals and were vegetarian include Basil The Great St. Martin De Porres and Cesar Chavez. Paul McCartney and Morrissey were both raised as Irish Catholics.

  • Alex Macias says:

    Well said Joanna! You are doing the right thing!