by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Fashion
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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.”

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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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  • RadicalOmnivore

    Good on Victoria Beckham for supporting sustainable and renewable fur over the commcercialy motivated demonization of the anti-ecological animal nutters.
    Fur is simply the most ecologically appropriate fabric you could come up with.
    Animal fetishists and folks like ecorazzi are constantly greenwashing the animal protest industry.
    Pushing nasty petro-chemical “alternatives” in the middle of a carbon induced climate change scenario is just plain stupid…like most things pushed by PeTA and the like.

    Fur rocks!
    Keep it real!

    • Veronika

      AMEN!

  • Moon

    So, abusing animal is wrong, but abusing HUMAN BEING is right??? So..PETA is supporting VIOLENCE on human being now..might as well they DON’T CARE about wars and killing of children, women and oldies, or downright gangsterisme like what they are INTENDING to do to Victoria now!
    PETA should be in jail for CAUSING HARM and INTENDING to human being, like Victoria here, who has done NOTHING and NO HARM to other human being or even other animals!! And please..don’t tell none of the PETA people eat meat at all??
    Victoria, or rather her assistance has said that she FARMS the animal for the skins. That is the SAME as people all over farming animals for EAT!! And I’m sure she’s using the PROFESSIONAL method to kill them and took the skin, perhaps she even has a special surgery operation room to do that, just like those BUTCHERS and FARMERS and human beings all over kill the animals to eat!
    What sure is that..PETA is love to piggybacking a famous celebrity just to be FAMOUS themselves, instead of stopping the animal abusing straightaway altogether!

  • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

    thats so sad, one troll makes two “shocking” posts but nobody responds. Maybe somebody should tell this troll that trolling is usually done at a Sea Shepherd topic. Trolling at Peta topics is soooo 2009 !

  • http://www.yahoo.com Nancy

    Farming the animals for their skin or fur doesnt make it ok. Just like farming them for human consumption is not ok either. There is no “professional method” to kill any creature. And clearly you cant read or you just ran your mouth before you read the article becuase PETA has said they “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. Which means PETA is not planning an attack on Victoria nor planning to “hurt a human being”. Basically your whole comment is ridiculous. Regards-

    • David

      “Which means PETA is not planning an attack on Victoria nor planning to “hurt a human being”.”

      No it means PETA is suing because the Mirror has no proof that PETA is planning an attack, it doesn’t mean PETA isn’t planning an attack. Or encouraging others to carry out an attack so PETA can claim no responsibility.

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