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Mayte Garcia Gets That ‘Caged Animal’ Feeling

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 26, 2012

“I just think about these animals that are there for months …. And the way they kill them—it’s just not needed, it’s not a necessity,” said actor Mayte Garcia, speaking out against fur farms on the set of the new ad she shot for PETA. “Doing this shoot and getting into the cage and putting on the fur coat—it was overwhelming,” she added. But while being caged and drenched in blood isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time, Mayte is hopeful that her graphic ad will make people think twice about buying the skins of animals who, as the ad makes clear, were “electrocuted, stomped on, beaten, and skinned alive.” 

Photo: Kawai Matthews/ Hair/makeup: Molly Greenwald/

“[I]f I can educate one person to how these animals are treated, then I’ll do it again,” Mayte said on her reality show, VH1’s Hollywood Exes, which filmed her PETA shoot. (Mayte is the famous “Hollywood ex” of Prince.) In this behind-the-scenes video, Mayte revealed the childhood experiences that made her want to speak up for animals and why she believes that everyone should adopt homeless animals instead of buying from breeders and pet stores, spay and neuter their animals, go vegetarian, and, of course, refuse to wear real fur

Follow Mayte’s lead in standing up to the fur industry by joining the thousands of people who have already signed our Pledge to Be Fur-Free, and always speak out about the cruelty of fur.

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  • annie potts says:

    Yes, but Mayte is very contradictory. In episode 7 of Hollywood Exes she bought and used two live lobsters to make some kind of point against vegetarianism. She said she had to stop being vegan because lack of animal products in her diet resulted in the loss of a baby. Then she inadvertently killed the lobsters (or at least this is how the episode portrayed things) by leaving them in a bath while waiting to kill them to make a point to a co-star on the show. A thinking person with real empathy wouldn’t use creatures in such an exploitative and cruel way to get a message about animal sentience and meat eating across! She’s a strange kind of self-confessed ‘animal lover’. If she is an advocate of animals, she needs to get this across much better in the show (and killing two poor lobsters with bound claws bought from a supermarket doesn’t help her image! it doesn’t make any sense at all!)

  • Marcell says:

    Yay, an intelligent, ethical woman in Hollywood speaking her mind and putting her beliefs into action like this. More people in the public eye should do this because the power of celebrity in undeniable. With more high-profile people standing up for animal rights, there will surely be a trickle-down effect to everyday consumers.

  • nancy bragg says:

    Thurs July 26 ’12 This is so so brave of her !!! I DO NOT HAVE THE EXPOSURE “celebrity” SHE DOES. I have recently become an animal & human advocate, for shelters & tryng my best to help against “the dog & cat meat trade in” asia, KOREA where the dogs are bred specifically for consumption, the philippines, the HEINOUS INHUMANE SLAUGHTER & assorted others… We have to be the VOICE… Vancouver BC Canada