Hip Hop Star Eve Changes Her Coat

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Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Eve was in the news this week with a story about the fact that she’s given up wearing her mink fur coat. Here’s what she had to say about it:

“It’s nothing to do with animal rights—it’s just that I have moved on. I think people should be able to wear what they want and I hate that the PETA people throw blood or paint over people wearing fur. To me that’s just rude and if anyone did that to me they’d better be tough because they’d have a fight on their hands.”

Yeah, the quote didn’t exactly inspire me, either, but hey, at least it’s on her radar—and sometimes all it takes for someone to come around is a gentle nudge in the right direction. So we sent her this letter, along with a copy of Martha Stewart’s fur exposé in the hopes that she’ll figure out why it’s actually not OK for people to “wear what they want” when there’s live skinning or electrocution involved. I really do think there’s a good chance she’ll change her tune once she sees how fur coats are actually made. I’ll definitely let you know if we get a response.

While we’re on the topic, I figured this was as good a time as any to point out that PETA has actually never thrown red paint at fur-wearers. Pies, maybe, but never red paint. Just one of those urban legends, I guess.


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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind