News Bites

Saturday, September 17, 2011

* A FRUMPY pair of PETA supporters appeared on a catwalk at a Melbourne Spring Fashion Week function last week denouncing the use of fur before the lobby group devastated local fashionistas.

Melbourne's Herald-Sun reports that RMIT graduate Molly Herben was told last-minute to pull hand-made rabbit fur pieces from her collection due to pressure from the lobby group. Fellow design student Jack Loder also withdrew pieces.

Herben's employer Nadia Napreychikov says it was `outrageous' that Molly had been subjected to the demand so late in the lead up to the show. "She is devastated. She was under the impression she could use the pelts all year and then three days before her big show they decide to pull it. We don't know why RMIT and MSFW are doing this bowing down to PETA,'' she said. Melbourne designer Alannah Hill could perhaps offer her perspective...

* A world-record 21-foot-long saltwater male crocodile is currently being held in the Philippines after he ate a local man and is suspected of biting the head off a twelve year old girl. After acquiring the taste for human blood the reptile has not been killed as some would encourage but instead will be relegated to captivity in a zoo. PETA however is bizarrely calling for the reptile to be released back into the wild. "The government should do the compassionate thing and order this crocodile to be returned to his natural habitat, as taking him away to be locked up in an animal prison is just plain wrong," offered PETA's robotic 'Asia-Pacific' campaigner Ashley Fruno.

* While the novelty value of nude PETA pin-ups is now grossly wearing thin, there are still some media types who appear eager for the publicity. This week British model Kelly Brook and the ex girlfriend of George Clooney Elisabetta Canalis have both respectively stripped for the tired and tiresome 'I'd rather go naked than wear fur' campaign. Never has resurrecting Pamela Anderson around about now seemed like such a great idea.

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