“Today’s fashions are trending toward humane vegan options, and Beyoncé’s Super Bowl outfit missed the mark on that score.”
“We would take a bet that if Beyoncé watched our video exposés…she’d probably not want to be seen again in anything made of snakes, lizards, rabbits, or other animals who died painfully.” ~ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was none too pleased when Beyonce took to the stage during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday dressed in a black leather costume made from animal hide. After chastising the singer’s choice, the animal rights organization has revealed that there is a way she can make amends.
On Tuesday, PETA slammed Beyonce for her Super Bowl costume choice — a black leather ensemble designed by Rubin Singer and constructed with strips of iguana, python and cowhide. PETA released a statement to HuffPost Style saying that the “Love On Top” singer “missed the mark” with her non-vegan outfit.
In an email correspondence with HuffPost Green on Wednesday, PETA Media Officer Wendy Wegner said, “Beyonce is immensely talented and beautiful, but sometimes she forgets that her actions can upset or influence her countless fans; and that, with the choice of one outfit, she has the opportunity to help animals and set a good example.”
“Everyone — including Beyonce — can make the decision today to stop wearing fur, leather, and exotic skins and instead choose the cruelty-free and ‘green’ fashion favored by compassionate, chic celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway and designers such as award-winning fashion queen Stella McCartney,” says Wegner.
Beyonce can even do good with her fur and leather possessions, Wegner went on to remark. “People who learn how animals are beaten, electrocuted, and even skinned alive often donate their bags, coats, and even shoes to PETA, and we give them to the homeless, display them in demonstrations, and use them as bedding for orphaned wildlife,” she says.
“Beyonce’s clothing line features faux-fur items that we hope she’ll choose to feature more in her everyday looks,” says Wegner, referring to the House of Dereon collection, “and we still have hope that she’ll go exclusively animal-free. It is true that celebrities are sometimes dressed by others for events and don’t always make conscious choices about the outfits that they wear.”
PETA also recently criticized Beyonce for the Christian Dior fur coat she wore to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration ceremony in January, according to the Guardian. The group noted at the time how First Lady Michelle Obama does not wear fur.
Every year, more than 1 billion animals are slaughtered for their skin, according to a PETA.org statistic. Although most leather in the U.S. is a byproduct of cattle, other animals killed for their hide include horses, pigs, zebras, kangaroos, dolphins, seals, crocodiles, lizards and snakes.
On the other hand, Beyoncé on her all female band: ‘“I just wanted to do something which would inspire other young females to get involved in music so I put together an all-woman band.” (colorlines.com)
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