DawnWatch: Today Show poll and story on dog fur — 3/13/07

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Mar 13, 2007 7:51 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Today Show poll and story on dog fur — 3/13/07

NBC Today Show’s question of the day is: Would you wear a coat made of doggie fur?

— Yes, if the dog was raised for its fur.
— No, are you crazy? Pooches are pets.
— Of course not, we shouldn’t wear any fur.

As I send this out, the majority of people have chosen the second option, though there is a strong showing for the third. Please go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633/ today (Tuesday) and vote against any fur as fashion.

There is a link, under the survey, to the terrific coverage The Today Show gave the issue this morning, Tuesday March 13. It covered the report of trim on coats that was labeled as faux when it was real fur, or labeled as legal fur, when it was that of a dog — illegal to sell in the USA.

While animal advocates may be saddened by the suggestion that the suffering of domestic dogs matters more than that of other animals, domestic dogs get press that other animals don’t, so focusing on them seems to be an effective way to tackle the larger issue.

The Today Show aired video from China of dogs who are clearly domestic breeds, being raised for their fur. It also aired video of raccoon dogs, while reporters discussed whether they are actually dogs or not. The story included upsetting shots of the animals in tiny cages. The HSUS representative then described their deaths: they are slammed to the ground and then skinned alive. The story therefore shared the ugly side of fur, regardless of the type of animal being used. That kind of coverage must take a toll on fur’s glamorous image.

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DawnWatch: IHT on not so faux fur 2/22/07

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Feb 23, 2007 5:07 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: IHT on not so faux fur 2/22/07

The fake fur scandal continues to make news. The website for the International Herald Tribune, Thursday February 22, includes the Associated Press version of the story headed, “Some ‘fake fur’ includes dog hair, animal rights group says.”

It tells us:

“The Humane Society of the United States said it purchased coats from reputable outlets, such as upscale Nordstrom, with designer labels — Andrew Marc, Tommy Hilfiger, for example — and found them trimmed with fur from domestic dogs, even though the fur was advertised as fake.”

We read that HSUS bought coats from popular retailers “and then had the coats tested by mass spectrometry, which measures the mass and sequence of proteins, to determine what species of animal the fur came from. Of the 25 coats tested, 24 were mislabeled or misadvertised.”

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HSUS: We Need The Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

We Need The Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007

Protect consumers and animals by stopping the sale of fur from raccoon dogs—a member of the dog family sometimes skinned alive in China—and requiring all fur garments to be labeled. Recent HSUS tests showed that animal fur is frequently mislabeled or marked as faux fur.

Please ask your U.S. Representative to support and co-sponsor the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007. You can reach your Representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, or click here to find your Representative’s office phone number.

After you make your phone call, please fill in and submit the form at the right to automatically send a follow-up email to your Representative urging support for the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 (H.R. 891). Be sure to make your message even more effective by putting it into your own words!

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PETA: ShopNBC Breaks Its Promise to Stop Selling Fur

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

ShopNBC Breaks Its Promise to Stop Selling Fur

Nearly a year ago, ShopNBC, the television shopping channel and online retailer for NBC TV, pledged to join the growing list of responsible companies that have pulled fur from their stores forever.

Shamefully, ShopNBC has broken that promise. While leading clothing retailers, such as J.Crew, Ann Taylor, and Polo Ralph Lauren, have gone permanently fur-free, ShopNBC continues to support the torture and slaughter of millions of animals every year in the name of “fashion.”

As part of our global anti-fur campaign, PETA is working behind the scenes to compel design houses and retailers to stop using real fur. ShopNBC promised to do just that–now we need to hold the company to it. Here’s what you can do to help pressure ShopNBC to stop selling fur once and for all:

Send an e-mail to ShopNBC CEO William Lansing and tell him that you are outraged that the company reneged on its promise and that you won’t buy anything from ShopNBC until it stops selling the pelts of tortured animals.

William Lansing, CEO
ShopNBC
6740 Shady Oak Rd.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
952-943-6868
612-947-0188 (fax)
wlansing [at] shopnbc.com

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DawnWatch: Fox 5 and ABC cover not so faux fur 2/9 – 2/10/07

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Feb 11, 2007 8:40 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Fox 5 and ABC cover not so faux fur 2/9 – 2/10/07

Late last year, the Humane Society of the United States found that retailers were running ads for jackets advertised as having faux fur trim, when in fact, the jackets were trimmed with real fur. Fox 5 in Washington DC has done a terrific job staying on top of the unfolding story.

The Fox series has told us that a labeling loophole allows coats with less than $150 worth of fur not to be labeled as including fur. They explained that means a coat could get through without a fur label even if it included the skins of thirty rabbits, or three raccoons, three red foxes or one bear.

The station’s most recent piece on the issue, which aired on Saturday, February 10, tells us:

“The Humane Society said it subjected 25 fur trim jackets from 20 different retail chains to mass spectometry testing and found that all of them were either falsely advertised as fake fur when they were not, or mislabeled as a legal fur like raccoon when in fact they were dog fur. In most cases they were raccoon dog, a species from china that looks like a raccoon but is in fact part of the dog family.”

The reporter, Patrick McGrath, reminds us that it is illegal to sell dog or cat fur in the USA.

The HSUS’s Mike Markarian says in the piece “Even though it is a type of dog it is often passed off as raccoon fur. These animals are killed in the most gruesome of ways, including being skinned alive.”

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LCA: International Chinese Fur Protest, Tuesday, 2/13/07

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

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From: Campaigns Department – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Feb 8, 2007 2:51 PM
Subject: International Chinese Fur Protest, Tuesday, 2/13

Protest the Cruel Chinese Fur Industry!

The International Anti-Fur Coalition is planning protests against the Chinese fur industry in the U.S. and 10 other countries on Tuesday, February 13th.

Please join LCA in this important protest and make a difference for the animals.

Over half of the world’s fur today is produced by China, a country with no animal welfare laws where millions of dogs and cats are killed for fur every year. Undercover video investigations have shown Chinese fur farm workers skinning animals alive without concern for their pain, leaving them to a slow and agonizing death. Though illegal in the U.S., dog and cat fur still winds up on store shelves through a loophole which exempts manufacturers and retailers from having to label fur garments under $150 with information about the species of animal or country of origin.

Southern California residents, please join us this year at the international protest and stand up for the cats, dogs and other animals suffering on Chinese fur farms. All other LCA members not living in Southern California, please visit The International Anti-Fur Coalition website to find a protest near you!

What: Protest against the Chinese fur industry
When: Tuesday, February 13th starting at 11:00 am
Where: Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China, 443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles 90020

Whether or not you are able to make it to the demonstration, please call, fax or email the Chinese Consulate on February 13th to urge them to stop killing dogs and cats for fur and to pass meaningful animal welfare laws. Please be polite and respectful in your communications with Consulate staff.

Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China
Tel: (213) 807-8088
Fax: (213) 807-8091
Email: press [at] chinaconsulatela.org

See you at the protest!

For the animals,

Campaigns Department

Please visit http://www.lcanimal.org to see other ways you can help end the cruel practices of the Chinese fur industry.

email: campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
phone: (310) 271-6096 x30
web: http://www.lcanimal.org

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Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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IDA Writing Alert: Fur store eviction: Go now, not later

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Previous posts on Schumacher Furs here and here.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Dec 23, 2006 9:29 AM
Subject: Writing Alert: Fur store eviction: Go now, not later

The Portland Oregonian ran a story about Schumacher Fur in Portland, Oregon receiving an eviction notice from their landlord. Please write a letter to the editor reminding readers that any compassionate person would refuse to cause animals to suffer for a vanity product. Send letters to letters [at] news.oregonian.com.

Read “Fur store eviction: Go now, not later” online.

Fur store eviction: Go now, not later

Downtown – Schumacher Furs & Outerwear is told by its landlord to vacate by 1 p.m. the day after Christmas

Saturday, December 23, 2006
SPENCER HEINZ

Schumacher Furs & Outerwear, the target of more than a year of anti-fur protests, is facing a landlord’s notice to swiftly vacate its downtown Portland location.

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PETA: Tell eBay to Stop Allowing the Sale of Dog Fur, Live Dogs and Cats

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

UPDATE (via PETA), 1/8/07:

I just wanted to write to thank you again for asking eBay to stop allowing the sale of cats and dogs and their fur. Thousands of compassionate people like you have already written to eBay, and we need to keep the pressure on. By now you have likely received a form letter response from eBay stating that it is unlikely they will reply to your message, so we need to be sure they know that they shouldn’t be allowing such cruelty on their Web site. We want you to give eBay a call and let them know that until they stop allowing the sale of dogs and cats and their fur on their Chinese Web site, you’ll be letting everyone you know that eBay supports cruelty to animals.

Call eBay at the following number: 1-800-322-9266

Via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

Tell eBay to Stop Allowing the Sale of Dog Fur, Live Dogs and Cats

Though eBay has a policy against the sale of dogs, cats, and other animals in the U.S., the company still allows its members in China to sell live dogs and cats, as well as dog and cat fur, which is illegal in the U.S. Please e-mail eBay today to demand that the company stop allowing its site to be used to sell dogs and cats and their skin.

Photos of live animals for sale in China posted by eBay sellers show horrific conditions, including animals chained to cages on the streets and puppies kept in wire-bottomed cages (in the U.S. and other countries, such housing is prohibited by animal welfare laws for humane reasons) and in rusty, barely lit cages with empty water bowls. China’s dog and cat fur trade is notoriously cruel. Undercover investigators found that animals were being beaten over the head and skinned alive. A company like eBay shouldn’t be supporting this kind of animal abuse.

Visit Peta2 to learn more and take action today!

Tip: browse around for lotsa cool freebies and contests while you’re there!

Graphic dump after the jump:

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Material Madonna & Her Big Fur Coat

Monday, December 18th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Dec 18, 2006 3:57 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Material Madonna & Her Big Fur Coat

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12/18/06 – Material Madonna & Her Big Fur Coat
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Tell ‘Material Girl’ Madonna That Animals Are Not Ours to Wear
http://www.peta.org/actioncenter/ActionAlerts-item.asp?id=2095

Madonna criticised over fur coat
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6220398.stm

Oh, Madonna
http://blog.peta.org/

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Kinship Circle: AETA UPDATE / Hope For Repeal?

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Dec 8, 2006 10:21 PM
Subject: AETA UPDATE/ Hope For Repeal?

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12/8/06: AETA UPDATE / Hope For Repeal?

IN THIS ALERT:

1. President Signs Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Into Law
2. Keep Fighting, The Animals Need Us – A message from Chris DeRose
3. Equal Justice Alliance Enacts Strategy In Wake Of AETA’s Passage
4. McGovern Pledges To Help Overturn Animal Terrorism Law
5. Sunday 12/17: Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Seminar
6. Judge Strikes Down Bush On Terror Groups
7. AETA In Reverse? Portland Fur Dealer “Terrorizes” Protesters
8. Levity – Dubya’s “Letter” To An Animal Rights Activist

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DawnWatch: Fantastic anti fur column in UK Daily Mail — 30 November 2006

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 30, 2006 4:54 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Fantastic anti fur column in UK Daily Mail — 30 November 2006

Liz Jones, the UK’s Daily Mail fashion columnist, has written another strong anti-fur piece, headed, “Fur is back…and the fashion industry should hang its head in shame.”

She writes about the difficulty of finding anything not covered or trimmed in fur at designer stores such as Prada. She tells us her friends are wearing, though some wear only vintage. And she writes, “Vintage is, when it comes to ethics, no defence. Although the animal has long been dead, wearing the coat still gives off the message that fur is beautiful, and acceptable.”

She wonders, “how on earth did British women become so, well, cruel?”

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IDA Writing Alert: Fur store says it’s had enough

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

UPDATE, 12/3/06: Green Is the New Red cites the Schumacher Furs case as an example of how legal, nonviolent protest is being decried as “terrorism” by those “animal enterprises” which were deemed worthy of an extra level of protection via AETA. You can read the whole post here.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Nov 29, 2006 5:45 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Fur store says it’s had enough

The Portland Oregonian published an article on the announcement by Schumacher Furs that after a year of anti-fur protests, they will be moving their store.

Please write a letter to the editor of the Oregonian on the inherent cruelty of killing animals for fur.

Send letters via letters [at] news.oregonian.com. You can also fax or postal mail your letters to:

Letters to the editor
The Oregonian
1320 S.W. Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
FAX: (503) 294-4193

You can read “Fur store Says its had enough” online here.

Fur store says it’s had enough

Downtown – Hounded by protesters and citing safety issues, Schumacher is pulling out of Portland after 111 years

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

by SPENCER HEINZ and SETH PRINCE

Schumacher Furs & Outerwear, after 111 years of business and one solid year of fervent animal-rights protests, is hanging it up in Portland.

Owner Gregg Schumacher, who depicts the city’s core as dangerous and not conducive to retailers, said Tuesday that he’s moving his shop to the suburbs, though he wouldn’t say where.

“We’re leaving downtown Portland because we feel that it’s losing its appeal for people to shop in” said Schumacher, 51, rattling off a list of what he called his customers’ complaints. “The panhandling, the musicians on the street, the urination in the parking garages. Yes, the protests. But the whole place is not conducive to running a retail operation.”

Officials from City Hall to the Portland Business Alliance, while making it clear they’re sad to see downtown lose any merchant, particularly such a longtime institution, called Schumacher’s claims, in effect, bunk.

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Plaid Goes Bad In Burberry Fur Designs

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Nov 28, 2006 8:56 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Plaid Goes Bad In Burberry Fur Designs

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11/28/06: Plaid Goes Bad In Burberry Fur Designs
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Bloody Burberry
http://www.bloodyburberry.com/

BURBERRY: Where Animals Are The Victims Of Fashion
http://www.furisdead.com/feat-burberry.asp?int=peta_newsfeed

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IDA Writing Alert (2): Zoo still undecided on Ruby’s future; Chinese activists on EU cat/dog fur ban

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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From: In Defense of Animals – alerts [at] idausa.org
Date: Nov 22, 2006 10:26 PM
Subject: Writing Alert (2): Zoo still undecided on Ruby’s future; Chinese activists on EU cat/dog fur ban

1. The Los Angeles Times published a story on Ruby, the elephant who is still languishing at the L.A. Zoo.

Please send a letter to the editor of the L.A. Times about the suffering elephants endure in zoos, encouraging city officials to send Ruby to a sanctuary. Send letters to the Times via letters [at] latimes.com.

L.A. Zoo is still undecided on elephant’s future
Officials consider keeping Ruby or shipping her to another zoo or a sanctuary. Activists urge the third option.

By Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
November 22, 2006

Remember Ruby? The 45-year-old female African elephant has lived more than half her life at the Los Angeles Zoo. She just hasn’t been on exhibit for the last two years due to the logistics of moving elephants around to accommodate the slow, complicated process of constructing the new pachyderm exhibit.

But she was very much “the elephant in the room” Tuesday as zoo Commissioner Kimberly Marteau noted at the monthly meeting of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission.

At issue is whether Ruby will be transferred to another zoo, retired to a sanctuary or kept where she is. “I haven’t dismissed anything,” zoo Director John Lewis said in a brief interview before the meeting on zoo grounds, though he conceded it was “unlikely” that Ruby would remain in Los Angeles.

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DawnWatch: Daily Mail fashion writer condemns fur — October 2, 2006

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Oct 2, 2006 11:57 AM
Subject: DawnWatch: Daily Mail fashion writer condemns fur — October 2, 2006

Liz Jones, the “Fashion Addict” from London’s Daily Mail, covered fashion week the way we wish all fashion writers would. Her October 2 column is headed (a title not necessarily by Jones), “Fur is Alive on the Catwalk.”

She opens with, “Here in Milan, it has been a week of giddy highs and awful, plummeting lows. Shall we get the highs out of the way first?”

She describes lots of fun fashion.

Then she describes the Burberry show:

“Suddenly, the catwalk was stormed by three young women from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), bearing ‘Fur Scum’ banners, and quickly wrestled to the floor by what I thought were particularly heavyhanded bouncers.”

She spoke later with the five PETA members who disrupted the Burberry show, learning that they manage to get into shows because they have “friends inside all the big labels: make-up artists, photographers, even models.”

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The Petition Site: We Want Truth in Fur Labeling!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Via The Petition Site and the HSUS:

We Want Truth in Fur Labeling!

The Fur Products Labeling Act requires that any garment made of fur list the type of animals used and the country in which the animals were killed. However, a loophole in the law exempts garments made with up to $150 worth of fur from being labeled.

This is bad news for consumers because without proper labeling, they don’t know whether a product contains real fur or faux fur – particularly when today’s processing techniques can make it nearly impossible for a person to tell the difference.

And it’s not just scraps—animals are killed specifically for fur trim, which is commonly exempt under the loophole. What’s more, with rabbit pelts valued at as little as $5, an unlabeled garment can easily contain fur from multiple animals.

U.S. Representatives Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) and Jim Moran (D-VA) have introduced H.R. 4904, The Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2006, which would close this loophole. This bill would also be an added layer of protection against any illegal dog and cat fur coming into the country as trim on unlabeled garments.

Help give consumers the right to make informed choices about whether or not to wear fur. Join the Humane Society of the United States in urging your representatives to co-sponsor the Truth in Fur Labeling Act!

HSUS: Fashion Week 2006 – Go Fur-Free With HSUS

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Sep 1, 2006 8:45 AM
Subject: Fashion Week 2006 – Go Fur-Free With HSUS

Hi, I’m Jay McCarroll, season one winner of Bravo’s Project Runway. I just wanted to let you in on a great opportunity to help The Humane Society of the United States AND enter to win two tickets to my fashion show in New York on September 15th, 2006 (airfare and hotel included!).*

Here’s the scoop:

The person who recruits the most new pledge signers to the Fur-Free online pledge will win tickets to my show sponsored by The HSUS.*

https://community.hsus.org/campaign/furfreepledge_jay/

It’s that simple! And as a bonus, anyone who signs the pledge could be randomly selected to receive one of my specially designed handbags.

Here’s how you can get started.

1. Sign the fur-free pledge.

2. Tell your friends to sign the pledge. (Remember, the more people you tell, the better your chance of winning tickets to my show.)

As a fashion designer, it disappoints me to see other designers using real fur. Together we can send a powerful message that compassion is in fashion and animals shouldn’t have to suffer for a fashion statement. I hope that you’ll stand with me and The HSUS to end this cruelty by signing the fur-free pledge today and forwarding it to your friends and family!

Thanks for supporting The HSUS, and thanks for taking action to help save fur-bearing animals today.

Peace,

Jay McCarroll
Fur-free fashion designer

* Click here for full contest rules:
https://community.hsus.org/ct/jpS7Mss1FzOp/

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DawnWatch: TMZ getting slammed for airing Beyoncé fur cruelty controversy footag

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 19, 2006 3:59 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: TMZ getting slammed for airing Beyoncé fur cruelty controversy footage 6/19/06

There is a controversy brewing on TMZ.com, a hot new celebrity news site, run by Harry Levin, who was the executive producer on the syndicated television show “Celebrity Justice.” That show, which looked at celebrity run-ins with the law, won repeated Genesis Awards for its recurring focus on animal issues. When a celebrity attached his or her name to animal friendly legislation, the show would often cover the issue including graphic footage of whatever abuse was being tackled.

Last week, on his new venture, TMZ.com, Harry Levin chose to air footage of a dinner meeting between Beyoncé and PETA representatives. Unable to get Beyoncé to agree to meet and discuss the use of fur in her fashion line, PETA put in the highest bid on an eBay auctioned dinner with the star. Beyoncé had no idea she was dining with PETA folks. The TMZ.com site tells us,

“As they sat at the table, Beyoncé, who has a fashion line with her mother that uses fur, had no idea what was coming. After placing their orders, the PETA members confronted the singer.”

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