Contributing Monkie GreenChef Staff Monkies
Published on January 7, 2008
Millions of animals (and no doubt countless men) are in agreement with Eva Mendes — they’d rather she go naked then wear fur! The sexy actress, best known for her roles in “Training Day”, “Hitch” and the new “We Own the Night” with Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, has bared all for PETA’s new winter anti-fur campaign. But while I applaud the efforts of Eva and other celebs who’ve stripped down for the cause, I often wonder if the campaign actually draws attention to the obnoxiousness of fur or just inspires gawking at Eva’s hot bod?
PETA has had no shortage of beautiful celebrities willing to disrobe in the hopes of saving cute furries from evil designers and ignorant, thoughtless socialites — and Eva has no shortage of designers trying to cover her gorgeous body with the skin of dead animals.
But luckily for the animals, Eva has sworn off wearing them and made the announcement loud and clear to designers and stylists. In an interview, Eva revealed that “a lot of the high-end designers are unfortunately still big on fur, but I simply let them know that I won’t wear it on the red carpet or for photo shoots. People are pretty respectful and don’t try to pressure me.
“I’d say [this is] the closest animal rights issue to me right now… Some people still see wearing fur as glamorous and a sign of prosperity. Personally I think wearing a baby chinchilla says, ‘I’m ignorant,’ vs. ‘I’m a badass.’ I don’t think you can force people to change their attitudes, but you can help to educate them and to lead by example. […] There are way too many amazing faux fur options out there for people to still be wearing real fur. I want people to know that … respecting all life forms is cool. Very cool.
“I love animals, but I hadn’t had a pet since I was a kid. I recently got a dog and he’s not only made me a happier girl, he’s made me much more sympathetic to animal rights.”
While Eva’s not the only one owing her connection toward and love of animals to her pet, I’ll bet most people wouldn’t know whether or not a fur came from the coat of a dog or cat. According to The Humane Society, an estimated but nonetheless astonishing two million dogs and cats are killed each year for the fur trade. With operations mainly in China and throughout Southeast Asia, dog and cat breeders sell their pelts to companies in Europe, who incorporate the fur and skin into clothing, stuffed animals, and — ironically — cat toys.
According to an article on ABC News, most fur consumers have no idea whether they’re wearing mink or fido. According to Richard Swain, a Humane Society vice president and investigator, only through DNA testing can the true identity of a fur be revealed.
But PETA believes the majority of the fur comes “from strays and captured pets” with “bigger dogs like German shepherds and golden retrievers” having the most cache.
Once captured, the dogs and cats are skinned. And when the pelts are dry, the fur is often dyed to hide any inkling of cat or dog, and incorrect labels are stitched onto the back. So, while your tag says Asian wolf, mountain cat or fox, you might actually be wearing someone’s beloved pet – an animal they’re still searching the streets in a vain hope of finding.
How can you avoid such a mix-up? By going naked like Eva!