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Anti-fur group offers to pay Aretha’s arrears

March 31, 2008

Aretha Franklin arrives at post-Grammy Sony-BMG partyAnimal rights group PETA has come up with a novel way of encouraging a major music star to give up fur. In a letter written last week, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk offered to pay Aretha Franklin’s back taxes and fees on her Detroit mansion in return for going fur-free. The soul legend owes $19,192 on the property and could face foreclosure proceedings, a county official said earlier this month.

Newkirk’s letter says animals trapped in the wild can suffer for days, and die in a number of grisly ways on their way to becoming coats and other fashion acccesories.

“Our offer is a win-win situation: You get to keep your home and animals get to keep their lives,” it says. “We are rooting for you to please give animals the R-E-S-P-E-C-T that they deserve by giving up fur.”

Newkirk said she had yet to hear back from Franklin. “But I think it’s food for thought for her,” she told Reuters.


How will PETA be sure Franklin is keeping the deal, if she agrees? And is that the best way to spend over 19,000 dollars, when so many people and animals are needing that money to benefit thousands, not just one celeb who’s been around long enough to know that fur is cruel. If she wanted to change she would have before now!

Posted by heidi | Report as abusive

Too bad the coats made from PETA “activists” don’t look so good.

Posted by Aretha | Report as abusive

The mink/fur coat looks great. She is very pretty. She would not look good in a Carhart denim jacket of cotton.

Posted by toby | Report as abusive

I hope she doesn’t accept this offer. PETA is a terrorist organisation and Aretha Franklin being indebted to them is akin to being indebted to Usama bin Laden.

now, if you will all excuse me, i am going to cook as much meat as i possibly can.

remember, when you go vegan, the terroists win.

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

Even if she didn’t adhere to the agreement in perpetuity, it would be a huge win to be able to go public with her agreement to the principle.

Posted by Kurt Harland Larson | Report as abusive

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