PETA is less than pleased with the non-animal friendly direction Victoria Beckham has taken her new handbag collection — choosing to go with crocodile, lizard and calf leather skins. But are they planning on some kind of physical demonstration ala Lindsay Lohan?
“One of the ideas being mooted is that Victoria gets covered in a bucket of animal blood – cow or lizard – at her next UK public appearance,” an insider has told the Mirror newspaper. “Another rather sick suggestion was to pelt crocodile feet at her when she goes to an editors’ lunch in London next month.”
Yikes — but we doubt the group would use actual animal blood. Red paint? Sure.
Vogue got in touch with a UK PETA rep who denied any of the above, but did say that the organization had been attempting to reach the designer.
“We don’t believe that Victoria has chosen to ignore the plight of these animals, we just worry that the information didn’t make its way to her through her labyrinth of assistants,” the rep said. “No one with an ounce of compassion could watch PETA’s footage and still promote exotic skins as accessories. With all of the luxurious, cruelty-free alternatives at her disposal, there is simply no need or excuse for Victoria to include any skins in her collection.”
Agreed — and let’s hope she gets the message.
[UPDATE from PETA: “PETA and PETA’s U.K. affiliate have retained legal counsel in the U.K. to vigorously pursue The Mirror for deliberately distributing a totally fabricated report about PETA’s plans regarding Victoria Beckham’s collection. We appreciate Ms. Beckham’s rejection of fur and had approached her—100 percent respectfully—over the suffering of lizards and other reptiles who are often skinned alive for fashion. We appealed to her to watch this video.”