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Anti-fur group offers to pay Aretha’s arrears


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.