Tabloid Star’s Penchant for Pelts Shows a Lack of Empathy for Others’ Suffering, Says Group

For Immediate Release:
3 August 2012

Sydney – It was easy for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia to choose a “Worst-Dressed Celebrity”, thanks to Lara Bingle‘s graveyard-like wardrobe. Although the animal rights group has urged the Being Lara Bingle star to make kinder clothing choices in the past, even sending her videos of animals writhing in pain and being skinned alive, the socialite has continued to be photographed – with or without her knowledge – wearing others’ skins.

“Unlike reality starlets, animals killed for their fur are exploited against their will – and they endure far more than bad publicity”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Lara Bingle’s lack of compassion for the foxes, rabbits and other beautiful animals who have suffered and died for her ugly jackets brands her as a selfish, sorry soul.”

As PETA has shown Bingle, animals on fur farms spend their entire lives pacing in tiny, filthy wire cages. They often go insane before they are finally anally or vaginally electrocuted, are crudely gassed or have their necks broken. Sometimes these painful methods only stun the animals, and they wake up while they’re being skinned. In China, where almost 74 per cent of the fur garments sold in Australia originate, fur from dogs and cats is often purposely mislabelled as “rabbit” or “coyote” fur before it is exported to Australia – so that there’s no way to tell whose skin you’re in.

Unlike Bingle, compassionate, talented celebrities, including Natalie Imbruglia, Eva Mendes, The Veronicas, Charlize Theron, Pink, Missy Higgins and Natalie Portman, wouldn’t be caught dead in fur.

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