by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Fashion
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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.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Abi

    There is nothing in the least bit ‘green’ about this woman! Just because she can afford posh food, there’s no reason to think she cares about what happens outside her own body, and this latest stunt just goes to prove that beyond any doubt.

  • statia

    She’s only “green” for her image, but when it comes right down to it, she’ll do anything for the almighty buck. I mean, she’s in Estee Lauder Ads. Their stuff is just nothing but cancer causing chemicals. I’m guessing a woman that eats raw and macrobiotic, doesn’t slather this stuff on her body. She obviously doesn’t have ethics.

  • moonunit

    I don’t think she has an opinion she just does what she is told.

  • Missy

    How totally un-progessive. It’s like taking 20 steps back.

    What is/was she thinking. C’mon.

  • VeggieTart

    She’s friends with Stella McCartney, her husband Chris Martin is a vegan, and their daughter’s first birthday part was at a vegan restaurant. C’mon, she HAS to know better. And then she goes and pulls a stunt like this.

    Gwynnie, what were you thinking?

  • erin

    Yes she is friends with Stella McCartney. I hope McCartney tells her what a self centered bitch she has become and tells her to get off her high horse. Any respect I had left for her just went down the toilet with her looks.

  • vegan vanessa

    Her husband–Chris Martin–is a VEGAN and I don’t know how he can even look at her now. There is something terribly amoral about her and if he stays with her (I mean how can a vegan stay married to someone who not only eats meat, but who promotes–yes, PROMOTES–fur is a mystery to me), then there is something terribly amoral about him, too.

    I hope that Stella McCartney lets her have it as well…..I am boycotting all of her movies from now on.

  • erin

    she’s a vegan too according to many interviews i’ve read. what an ugly hypocrite

  • Alicia

    This is not surprising. I always knew she would do anything for money and attention.

  • Dalena

    I would never wear fur because it is a animals fur that is skined of and I think animal is poor,have no right to be treated this way.

  • gloria

    Dissappointing. I had thought better of her.

  • Cid Martins

    These people only care about money! If it serves their purposes to be ‘green’ for a while they are, but when a bunch of dollar bills are flashed in front of them, they become hypnotised and follow the green colour …!
    Hollywood is nothing more than a bunch of empty, spoiled, money-driven, rich people! They just care about themselves… Only a few are actually true!
    Only w***** wear fur! And they don’t even have good taste because fur is corny!!

  • Sandra

    Paltrow a vegan?

    I thought she was an ovo-lacto-vegetarian…
    I can’t understand this. The stuff she’s wearing on the photo is not only ugly, it’s… cruel. Doesn’t she know how animals have to suffer for ‘ladies’ like her, who want to dress their butts with ‘glamorous’ fur coats?
    What does Chris say about this all?

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  • chirs woolsey

    I wish for just one night, we could see a major network show a program on how the fur business,the meat industry, and the independent and college laboratories really work. If we could see some Hollywood stars really put some muscle into showing these terrible acts, we would see change. But, so many are afraid of not getting the green dollar!

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  • Bosco DeGrommit

    Hand wringing, navel-gazing pucker-butts.


    Let her do what she wants.

    How can you look at yourselves.

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  • Prudence

    What do you expect from an actress who so good at having a fake british accent? I can’t believe I used to like her. You had me fooled, Fishstick Paltrow, I’ll give you that. You’re nothing but a big fake!!!!