Back in October, I wrote about my mixed feelings regarding a vintage fur purchase. Sometimes it’s difficult to reconcile a love for animals and fashion, and fur is one of the most obvious conflicts of interest. While the stylish side of me loves the look of a silky, gorgeous fur layered over a casual jeans and t-shirt ensemble, the animal rights activist in me knows that no matter how chic it may or may not look (totally debatable), it’s wrong. Ultimately, I’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with its presence in my closet, and have come to the conclusion that even in the case of wearing a vintage piece, I simply don’t want to be a part of perpetuating the look of fur, period. Of course, now I’m stuck with this fancy old thing that I paid good money for. Luckily, I’ve stumbled upon the perfect solution.
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Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz‘s new flick, “Knight & Day,” is currently filming in Spain. For one of the film’s scenes, seven bulls were recently corralled in downtown Cadiz, but a few of those crafty bulls managed to escape and run away to a nearby beach, just like anyone ditching work would do. But as the bulls charged for freedom, they “slightly injured” two women, whatever that means. Filming has been suspended for the time being. [Associated Press]
Obviously, it’s hard enough to get actors to behave themselves, let alone try to control animals. So we found some more instances of animals gone wild on movie sets … Keep reading »
You loved her in “Lolita” and uh, whatever else she was in (hm…), but actress Dominique Swain just did a really, really bad thing that makes puppies cry. Not only was she lame enough to not get her dog fixed (what responsible pet owner in this day and age does that!?), but the cocker spaniel had a litter of eight puppies, and she decided to dump them at an already overburdened Malibu animal shelter. But wait, it gets worse: After driving up in her BMW and insisting they take the pups, workers there informed her that it was crucial that the animals be vaccinated, as puppies can easily die if they don’t get their shots at four and eight weeks. Her dogs were already eight weeks, but they had received none. When they agreed to take the poor creatures and suggested she make a donation to cover the cost of the shots, she claimed she was broke. (Well, like we said, we haven’t seen her in anything lately, but still … animal shelters are broke, Dominique Swain is not.) And the cherry on top of this horrifying tale? Keep reading »
In America, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are well known for their shock-tactic ads, but they’re not the only pro-animal rights organization willing to go overboard with advertising in order to bring attention to the cause. Wakker Dier, which means “Animal Awake,” is a Dutch organization that’s Europe’s PETA counterpart. For their campaign, they hired Dutch Playmate and fetish model Ancilla Tilia to play the part of a stripper who gets clubbed and stripped like an animal. Watch it, after the jump, but be forewarned it’s fairly graphic.
While PETA’s ads have a tendency to be more silly than shocking, this ad is a real eye-opener. But does the video get across the organization’s mission? Does watching a fetish model get “clubbed” and “stripped” make people more sensitive to animal rights? Or does the viral path this ad will take mean more people will be thinking about animal rights than they were yesterday? [ANIMAL via Copyranter] Keep reading »
I thought Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter had cornered the market on “random things to decorate your ears with” when she donned those radish earrings. Nope, not even close. Check out these freeze dried squirrel feet earrings and necklace. Taxidermy for your lobes — hot! I am not sure which disturbs me more: the knowledge that some poor squirrel in squirrel heaven has to watch his feet dangle around some random person’s neck in a very undignified fashion, or that the “designer” made them in the first place. Look, I’m not a vegetarian and I totally wear leather, but even I recognize that these earrings are just…wrong. Plus, they are truly hideous. [$20-$32, Etsy] Keep reading »
The marketing geniuses at PETA are at it again! This time the animal loving rabble rousers are going after Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen…make that Hairy-Kate and Trashley Trollsen. The group has dedicated an entire campaign and a MySpace page to tearing down the pint-sized twins for their habit of wearing and producing clothing made with fur.
“Like most trolls, we live under a bridge and wait for furry animals to walk by so we can skin them and wear them as hats. Because we’re celebrities, we don’t have to live by the same rules that ugly people like you do, and if we want to wrap ourselves up in someone else’s skin, or drape our bodies in the rotting remains of someone’s family, we totally can! And boy, do we ever.”
In all fairness, when you’re that skinny and tiny, you do get cold more easily, but everyone knows PETA would rather people die from hypothermia than risk an animal getting its life cut short. We kid, because seriously, fur isn’t sexy and little people with bulging eyes and enormous cups of Starbucks that are swathed in it are even more creepy. [MySpace and Peta2] Keep reading »