Gwyneth Paltrow — one of the “greener” actresses in Hollywood — is causing a stir by fronting the new fall collection of fur-lined boots and bags from the Italian company Tod’s. This, a little after a week when Paltrow threw a party to raise money for her horse sanctuary foundation. Seems her care for animals only falls with certain species.
This latest move by the Iron Man actress also calls into question her strong friendship with ethical designer Stella McCartney; who last week flew into a rage after a piece of her collection was featured draped in fur for a separate ad campaign. Comments from animal rights organizations are already flying in. Here are a few highlights:
“Gwyneth Paltrow won’t be the apple of her daughter’s eye if she continues to flaunt fur.It’s a terrible example to set for a young child, promoting an industry that electrocutes animals, snaps their necks and skins them alive.”
Tony Wardle, associate director of the vegetarian charity Viva!:
“There is nothing feminine about inserting an electrode into the anus of a terrified and struggling fox and then electrocuting it. Ms Paltrow is an actress – and seemingly a particularly stupid one at that.”
Mark Glover, director of Respect for Animals:
“Gwyneth Paltrow should be ashamed to promote something so steeped in animal suffering. I can only assume that Paltrow either is ignorant of the facts or lacks human decency and compassion.”
Yikes. The company that Paltrow is promoting also uses also uses ostrich and snakeskin in its products. You’d think for someone consistently praised for her sustainable lifestyle — as well as compassion for animals — would think a bit harder before signing to promote this industry. Truly disappointing.