Friends of Animals' Open Letter to Beyonce Knowles: Please Reject Fur

Jan 24, 2013, 13:40 ET from Friends of Animals

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Friends of Animals:

Dear Beyonce Knowles:  

People worldwide heard and watched your appearance at President Obama's second inauguration ceremony.  Friends of Animals' members and supporters were among the millions who saw, or will see images of, you in a Christian Dior mink coat. 

What does it mean when one of the most popular musicians in the world endorses the fur trade in such a dramatic way?  The message is that fur-bearing animals who are shot, clubbed, electrocuted, caught in traps, or have their necks broken on breeding farms don't matter. Their skins are viewed as belonging to humans. It's a destructive and irresponsible message to many who deeply admire you.

Opulent, elegant, but most of all conscientious alternatives to fur abound, and to commit to ethical fashion statements would educate your fans in a meaningful way.  You have the power to turn your message around.

We at Friends of Animals, an animal-advocacy organization founded in 1957, ask you to publicly reject fur. We agree that fur is beautiful--on the bodies of those who were born in it.

Edita Birnkrant
NY Director
Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals, an international animal protection organization founded in 1957, advocates for the rights of animals to live free, on their own terms.

Edita Birnkrant, NY Director Friends of Animals
Priscilla Feral, President
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SOURCE Friends of Animals