John Rich of the popular country music band Big and Rich has lost his fur. The musician was blasted by fans after wearing a full fur coat during his performance at the 2007 CMA Awards. Joining in the criticism, PETA sent Rich a letter explaining how foxes are killed for such coats and included a link to Pamela Anderson’s short video on the subject. Below is Rich’s response to PETA’s letter:
“My management wanted to respond to your email, but I opted to respond personally, as I am a rather direct kind of man. I would like you to please forward my apologies to any of your members that are fans of Big and Rich that took offense to me wearing a fur coat on the CMA awards. Trust me, it was never my intent to upset anyone. Also, if any of the world class designers that you mentioned in your previous email would like to send me full length faux fur coats, I would be happy to wear them, and when asked by the press or fans, tell them it is a faux fur. I do not agree with many of your organization’s views or tactics, but I do respect your passion for animal rights, as I am an animal lover as well. I appreciate your willingness to address me on this subject.”
Good on ya, Rich! Though I ‘d rather you drop the fur altogether, faux fur is a fine alternative if that’s your style.