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Wife of NY Governor-to-Be Shows Up in a Fur Coat

Written by PETA | March 14, 2008

They’re new to the public eye, so there’s a few little things they’re going to have to learn—but socially appropriate attire is as good a place to start as any. Politico’s Anne Schroeder has the full story, and you can read PETA’s letter to New York’s soon-to-be first lady Michelle Paige Paterson about this photograph below.

Dear Mrs. Paterson,

I hope that this finds you well. As you may know, PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 1.8 million members and supporters dedicated to the protection of animals.

We’re writing today after receiving several phone calls and e-mails from our supporters — many of them New Yorkers — who were disappointed to see that you were wearing what appears to be a real fur coat in a photo on this Web site: Please know that animals killed for their fur endure immense suffering and that most fur comes from China, where there are no laws that protect animals on fur farms. A recent undercover investigation of Chinese fur farms revealed that workers swing raccoon dogs and foxes by their hind legs and smash their heads on the ground, injuring them but often leaving them conscious as they are skinned alive.

In light of this information, please consider donating your fur coats to PETA’s fur-coat giveaway program. Every year, PETA holds “fur kitchens” at homeless shelters around the country in which we distribute dozens of free fur coats — donated to PETA by former fur-wearers — to those who have no other means of staying warm. And we’ve even shipped hundreds of furs to help warm the women and children freezing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Although nothing can bring back the animals who were killed in order to make these coats, we believe that this is one way to honor their lives while helping people who so desperately need protection from the cold.

You’d be in great company. Other compassionate women who have participated in PETA’s anti-fur efforts include Charlize Theron, Stella McCartney, Mariah Carey, Kim Cattrall, and Martha Stewart. I can be reached at 323-644-7382, extension 25, or [email protected] Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Michelle Cho

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  • Babylise says:

    Please donate your old furs bought or handed down to HSUS’s terrific program Coats for Cubs. This is much more acceptable than giving fur to any person to wear it sends a bad message.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi Steve! So….it turns out you do have sympathy for animals! You spoke of Diane Fossey environmental issues…I’m happy to hear that. Unfortunately materials like leather and suede are treated with toxic nonbiodegradeable materials which also ruin the environemnt. Also factory farms with cattle cause a rise in methane which contributes to global warming and runoff from farms pollutes our most precious and disappearing resource water. I have to admit I had not heard about the petrolleum. I hope you tell me more about that issue. I assumed the coats I bought were fairly eco friendly. And I live in New England so I buy lots of coats! I completely agree with you on some of PETA’s stunts. However you might notice that it’s what has made them one of the few and only successful animal rights organizations. It’s a shame that the public needs vile and offensive campaigns to keep their short attention spans going. I’m not saying that I approve of PETA’s offensive campaigns although there have been many perfectly clever and non offensive ones but they don’t get noticed We should keep in mind Steve that PETA is not run by animals it’s run by people. As I said before keeping minks in inhumane conditions and electrocuting them for a fur coat is not a PETA issue it’s an issue of basic compassion. NO offense intended.

  • common sense steve says:

    dear judith no one wants me here because you get tired of hearing the other side of the story… the majority side based on common sense and facts and not on emotion and propaganda… and yet my blogs always seem to illicit comments from most of you so i guess i’m not really talking to myself… and maya… the fur industry does not use endangered species and peta knows this… and yes there are great coats not using fur… they are wool leather suede and goosedown… all the other coats are petrolleum based environment ruining garments… and yes i do have sympathy for animals and the fearless people that have fought for them… but peta cannot compare to these repsectable people like diane fossey.. these people did not strip down and look for a ridiculous publicity stunt to make there point… they did not break the law and encourage terrorism and harrassement of fellow human beings…

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Keith I couldn’t help myself. Judith

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Steve Go away no body wants you here. You need to find someone that will speak to you because I believe you are starting to talk to yourself and Thats ok but it sounds like you are starting to answer yourself. I think you need some help dear. Peace!!!!! DOCTOR ANYONE?????

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi Common Sense Steve! I have to say I agree completely with what you said the words whore bitch skank added to all the titty shots on PETA’s website just screams misogony. Sexism is alive and well in our society. PETA aside though I’m wondering if you really do beleive that just because we have the freedom in America to do something that makes it okay? I mean I have the constitutional right to protest the war at a soldier’s funeral but does that make it okay? Many endangered species are poached for fur some bred in tiny rusty cages the wild animals are malnourished tortured suffer for years. It seems really unnecessary to me. And even if you don’t feel too much sympathy for the animals there are many heroic animal scientists Jane Goodall David Attenboro who do great work. Some have lost their lives Diane Fossey was shot in her sleep by poachers and even a nun in South Africa who was trying to protect wildlife was stalked and shot to death by poachers. She never hurt a fly. Speaking as a woman who’s in love with Soho in NYC lol I can tell you that there are hundreds of beautiful coats that are not made of fur. I’m sure it’s the least we can do for endangered species the environment and the memory of that nice nun to not support the fur trade. Thank you for listening!

  • lynda downie says:

    Thanks Maya for sharing your firsthand experience with injured wildlife and making us aware of the dangers to their survival from the toxic preservations in the fur coats.

  • common sense steve says:

    hey bullydog… just maybe as a modern woman with her own career she bought the beautiful coat herself with her own freedom of choice… and not having to listen to the blithering idiots on this blog and if she got to read all the compliments that the petaphiles gave her she’d proably go out and get another!

  • BullyDawg says:

    And of course it has now come out that David Patterson has had many affairs behind his wife’s back. Now the fur makes sense not that wearing fur ever really does. I’ve always been told that behind every furwearing woman is the cheating bastard that gave it to her as a gift!

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Thank you Lynda All the more reason to stop making fur coats altogether fleece made from recycled bottles is way better for all!! I love this campaign FAR better than throwing stuff at people. This way the public knows that she couldn’t possibly turn down a chance to help the homeless without looking like a selfish jerk. She will be compelled to say yes hopefully learning empathy for the tortured caged mink rabbits etc in the process. If not she will know how bad it looks to say no. PETA was brilliant in coming up with this one.

  • Bruno Masure says:

    Jenn Mike Bloomberg’s “girlfriend” Diana Taylor has many furcoats. Mike Bloomberg’s mother Charlotte Bloomberg is 99 years old. We need to fogive her because of her age. At the same innauguration Giulliani’s wife was wearing a very expensive furcoat. Bloomberg’s exwife Susan is a friend of animals. Bloomberg’s daughters Emma and Georgina are very pleasant girls. Georgina is an animal lover. Diana Taylor is a terrible women. She is very unpleasant person. She works behind the scenes intimidating journalists destroying political foes blackmailing intimidating. Susan Bloomberg could be a great “First Lady.”

  • lynda downie says:

    I was thinking the same as junemarie but Maya makes a good point about the toxins in the fur coat.

  • O Velez Jr says:

    Shame on her we all should throw RED PAINT on her….

  • mael diabolus says:

    That fur coat is something. Of course I hope everyone bitching here doesn’t own a house because you know when it was built they had to “develop” the forest land and stuff. That meant knocking over trees and killing driving animals out of their homes and stuff…so you can come home from work and watch tv in comfort.

  • Kelley says:

    Common Sense SteveI stand by my description. Anyone in this day and age who can wear fur without thinking or caring about the animals who were killed for that coat is a selfcentered selfish bitch. And there just isn’t any nice way to say it.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Junemarie’s idea is indeed wonderful! I would just add that unfortunately orphaned wildlife are often immunocompromised and sick the nasty preservatives used in commercial fur coats can be toxic to them and there’s no way to make it sterile. Most rehabbers use heating devices Upon the advice of a vet I used to work for I use uncooked rice in a clean! sock and microwave it. It stays warm for 25 minutes sometimes more and little mammal orphans absolutely love it and curl up with it. It’s also better than warm water bottles because it’s dry and will not leak. Adult mammals who are sick or injured often have a problem with overheating so a warm room is better than fur. Homeless folks won’t become poisoned from fur coats so it may be better for them.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Genius Idea Junemarie. Are you listening PETA? You need to listen to june maries idea. I’ts perfect. Humans were not born with fur but animals were. Seems like the sensible and compassionate thing to do. Humans are able to find shelters animals are not. This doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure this one out. Peace!!!!!

  • Nora says:

    Would she allow to make umbrellas out of her kids skin too???? Shame..shame…shame

  • Ana says:

    junemarie I totally agree with you the orphaned baby animals would benefit the most from the skins of tortured animals. Feeling the fur around them would certainly give them a sense of comfort and security as well as familiarity. I do not agree with PETA’s campaign to give these furs to the homeless. Fur is cruel irregardless who wears themwrong message being sent to the public. The HSUS uses the fur donated to them for these purposesorphaned animal babies in rehabilitation. PETA needs to get with the program I do not agree with them on yet again another one of their decisionspositions.

  • Gruesome Twosome says:

    I dont think its cold in Afghanistan and Iraq? well maybe at night…but still its not cold during the day

  • junemarie says:

    Granted the homeless situation has only gotten worse with Republicans in office so long cutting social programs and allowing coporate welfare there’s still something not right with “anyone” wearing fur. Might not it be wiser to suggest these coats be sent to wildlife rehabilitators? By the time baby animals are rescued they had gotten through agonizing fear terrible lonliness and confusion and even excruciating pain. They need to not only be kept warm but also find the feel of fur much like their mothers and are therefore comforted. I believe the animals that suffered such horrendous atrocities at the hand of Mankind would prefer to benefit other animals that are so treated.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    What pisses me off so badly is that Gov. Spitzer who is leaving the Governor’s office of New York is the man that signed the bill into law that electrocution to animals was against the law in the state of New York. Sunday 30 September 2007 NY FIRST STATE TO BAN ELECTROCUTION OF ANIMALS FOR FUR The state of New York has become the first US state to ban electrocution as a method of slaughtering animals raised for fur. New York state lawmakers and Governor Eliot Spitzer were commended by various animal rights and animal welfare organisations for enacting the first law in the country to ban electrocution including anal and genital electrocution of animals raised to become fur coats and furtrimmed garments. Governor Spitzer signed the bill into law on August 28th 2007. Speaking for the animals I don’t give a damn how many times this man had appointments with trollops as long as he continued signing bills in favor of the animals. I believed this man would have continued evolving for the animals and would have helped to outlaw fur in NY altogether. At least it is a beginning. It has to start somewhere. And thats all I have to say about that! Peace! P.S. This is a 8 page article I will find the original tonight.

  • Jenn says:

    I was so excited to support David Paterson when I read about his accomplishments and to know he got this far as a 1 blind 2 black man. And then they showed video of this event on the news. She looks like a huge bear just as stupid as Mayor Bloomberg’s mother in her fur coat at his innauguration. Vanity is so ugly.

  • common sense steve says:

    petaphiles unite…. you have shown why so few people actually listen to you sky ” ignorant idiot” kelley “selfish self centered bitch” judith “fur whore” barbara “skanky skank skank” lets all curse out a woman you have never met…someone who works with children and tries to improve health care… and she’s the skank…..

  • Ana says:

    Wearing fur does not make you a modern woman it makes you an insensitive boor. It’s just a case of the oppressed being the oppressor. That’s hypocrisy!! And being that this is the USA animal advocates can say what they want about wearing fur. Wearing fur is for the dimwitted fools who have no style or compassion. Women’s rights is all about economicsto be able to pursue any employment outside the home and get equal pay. Along with that opportunity is achieving an education on all levels. Women’s rights is not about torturing abusing or wearing animals. The first women advocates also advocated for the other animals read some historyand the more prominent evolved feminists were vegetarian. The only hypocrite is you why don’t you donate your own skin to be made into a pair of slippers. Choose your poison anal electrocution or stomping on your head as they rip your skin off flay while you are still conscious.

  • keith says:

    Judith Freedom Fighter for Animals . Have to say loved that comment ” Just another fur whore.” PS. just read Heather Mills McCartney has received a considerable pay out in her divorce settlement. Go to her Peta ! we all know what a brilliant advocate for Animal Reform she is !!

  • Heidi Breinhild says:

    Yikes I hate that coat..Where did she get it I want to send hatemail to that store!!??

  • Laura says:

    I was very disapointed to see her in a fur coat. I knew PETA should do something about this and it’s wonderful they did. I hope she listensthose poor animals need desperate helpl.

  • Barbara says:

    Skankyskankskank! Yikes good thing this dude’s blind.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    Just another fur whore nothing special about her.

  • keith says:

    The ” Grusome Twosome ” springs to mind !

  • anne says:

    Shame on Mrs Paterson to wear such an ostentatious display of bad showy taste and lack of compasion. It doesn’t give a good image of her husband!

  • Kelley says:

    What a selfish self centered bitch. And you can add stupid to that description if she is so out of the loop on what not to wear.

  • common sense steve says:

    this is america she can wear what she wants….. she is a modern woman who does not want to be told how to run her life…what she can’t eat or what she can’t wear…. especially from an organization that uses so many hypocritical spokepersons…. that their entire credibility is as good as elliot spitzers….

  • sky says:

    What an ignorant idiot. I’m sick of seeing all these rich tourists come to Tahoe in their fur boots and coats. It is not sexy. Nobody that I know wears fur and it’s always the rich people trying to show off their status with fur. Sorry to stereotype but it’s true.

  • Pamela Oates says:

    I really hope this is not a real fur but it probably is. Please take Peta’s advice…donate it to their fur coat giveaway program.

  • MIKE says:

    Politicians support cruelty to Animals.

  • Ana says:

    The oppressed becomes the oppressor. Time to make the connection. I am not surprized she wore a fur coat.