PETA, Courtney Stodden and the 'Jersey Shore' Dog-Dye Flap
When it comes to animal rights, PETA is never shy about speaking up. So it came as no surprise this week when the outspoken organization criticized “Jersey Shore” stars Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley for dyeing JWoww’s dogs.
The starlets were photographed walking pooches Bella and Noel, who were sporting pastel pink and purple coats. Snooki and JWoww were out filming for their spinoff of the hit show, and took the dogs through town and to a psychic.
PETA was less than pleased with this turn of events, and a rep for the group told E! News, “Dyeing a companion animal’s fur causes the animal stress and can lead to complications or allergic reactions that endanger the animal’s health. Our dogs and cats love us regardless of how we look; we should extend the same kindness to them.”
A lovely sentiment, to be sure, but here’s where things get weird.
Just a day later, PETA released a video from teen bride Courtney Stodden, who has joined their roster of celeb spokespeople. In the video, Stodden talks passionately about the horrors of slaughter, as well as the importance of rescuing pets, vegan recipes and protecting the environment.
Also featured in the video is her dog Bazaar, about whom she says, “I saturate him with so much love. He is a beautiful companion.”
Which may be true, but like the Jersey Shore guidettes, there’s photographic evidence that only two months ago Stodden — wait for it — dyed Bazaar pink.
That’s taking “saturation” a little too far.
So, what do you think? Is it hypocritical of PETA to welcome a celeb spokesperson who behaves in a way that they describe as “unkind”? Or do you think PETA has educated Stodden and convinced her to ditch her dog-dyeing ways?