We’re just starting to get excited for the epic epicness that will be Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies, but the latest news about the production may just put a damper on our Middle-earth love. Yesterday, PETA released info to The Associated Press alleging that 27 horses, sheep, goats and chickens had died during the production due to dangerous conditions at the farm where they were housed. PETA’s sources described hazardous bluffs and embankments that killed two horses, overcrowded stables, worm infestations that killed sheep and goats, and the mauling of chickens by out-of-control dogs on the property.
Jackson and company immediately defended themselves, saying that PETA didn’t check their sources. “To date, the only horse wranglers whose treatment of animals fell below the production’s standard of care seem to be the two wranglers who have chosen to level this new accusation on the eve of the premiere of the first Hobbit film and who were dismissed by the production over a year ago,” Jackson wrote on Facebook late last night.
Spokespeople for the production told the AP that there were two avoidable deaths of horses but other animals died of “natural causes.” Meanwhile, the American Humane Association — the folks that authorize the “no animals were harmed” statement in the credits of movies — claim that while it made sure none were harmed on the set, it had no control over what went on at the farm, which was 186 miles away. “We do not have either the jurisdiction or funding to extend that oversight to activities or conditions off set or before animals come under our protection,” said a statement, according to Deadline. So that’s not exactly a statement of support for The Hobbit. Read more…
Does anyone else find it hilarious that PETA picked Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino for a campaign that promotes spaying and neutering animals? It’s to increase awareness and to prevent animal over-population and homelessness, but basically, in our heads, it’s The Sitch and neutering in one sentence which cracks us up hard. But, we’re not trying to be mean — you laughed too, okay — because he’s done a really good thing here. And hey, you have to give props to the campaign for being catchy! It’s not half as racy as some of the PETA campaigns like the “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” advertisements, also because we’re kind of used to him being shirtless, but this one’s “Too much p—y can be a bad thing” is definitely one of the smarter slogans PETA has used! Mike gave the world a heads up about the campaign being out on his Twitter account, saying, “Here it is! It was a pleasure working with peta on this campaign. A great cause with an important message!” There’s even a PSA video to go with the campaign shot which you can see below. Color us impressed, Sitch!
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio was just walking around Malibu yesterday with her pooch, minding her own business. She totally didn’t realise that she was going to become the subject of a new PETA diatribe. The animal’s rights organization took umbrage to the fact that her dog’s coat was dyed pink and purple. Not because it’s offensive in terms of style — though, Alessandra, a pink and purple dog may be a tad much. They’re all het up about the effects of the color. A statement by PETA reads, “What most people don’t know is that dyeing a companion animal’s fur can cause the animal stress and can lead to complications or allergic reactions that endanger the animal’s health. Our dogs and cats love us regardless of how we look; why not extend the same kindness to them?”
While we agree with what they’re saying, we feel that they should have taken time to figure out whether the dye was chemical or vegetable based. Emma Watson was recently put through the ringer because she was spotted with, what people thought was her dog, whose coat had been dyed pink. The real story was that the dog wasn’t Emma’s, it was a friend’s. Darcy the dog’s coat had been dyed pink to raise money for breast cancer awareness. And most importantly, the dye was vegetable-based and very dog friendly. So, perhaps checking with Alessandra first, instead of going straight for a press release would have been the more logical thing to do. While we really respect what PETA does, bullying people isn’t the right way to achieve their ends.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s Paris vacation maybe all $380,000 Lamborghinis, flowers and plates of escargot, but not for long, because trouble seems to follow them everywhere. Kim wore this outfit yesterday while she was roaming around the city visiting areas like St. Germain and Colette on Rue St. Honore. We honestly think it looks like a more luxurious version of the Alderaan white gown Princess Leia wore in Star Wars, but that’s just us. This ensembles is all cashmere and thigh-high Christian Louboutin python skin boots — you can see the signature red sole in the photo on the right. And that’s what’s got her in trouble, with who else, but PETA.
Their spokesperson Wendy Wegner, gave a statement to Gossip Cop, blasting Kim by saying, “They’d go well with a Dalmatian-fur coat, which is also illegal to sell in California and immoral to sell anywhere else.” This isn’t the first time that Kim’s been under fire from them. Remember how they flour-bombed her at her own fragrance launch for “True Reflection.” That was back in March this year and they did it because they wanted her to stop wearing fur. Kim handled it like a pro then, as she went back to her dressing room, brushed it off, and went straight back into the event. So, now, one has to wonder if PETA’s planning something else of the same kind. I hope not! While I am vegetarian, and I wear fur either, I just don’t see the point in getting militant and attacking people over personal choices. Watch your back, Kim!
This PETA Stand Up for Animals bash went down at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood last night. It was a celebration all right, thanks to Elisabetta Canalis and Pink. Both have been on the down low recently, and we haven’t really seen much of them. Elisabetta vanished for a bit after splitting with George Clooney. There was that bit in the middle where we thought that she was dating Mehcad Brooks. Then there was that question of whether or not Elisabetta was dating Steve-O. And before all of that, there was a short-lived stint on Dancing With the Stars. These registered as blips on the radar compared to the time that she was dating the silver fox. (George, guys. Not Anderson Cooper!)
Then we have Pink, who took some mommy time off after giving birth to baby girl Willow, and was recently laid up after having her gallbladder removed. So, when these two ladies turned up at the PETA event, our first reaction was “Woah” and the second was “Woah, look at those necklines!” Pink’s pre-baby body is back, as you can tell from that black slinky number with the plunging neckline. Elisabetta’s body didn’t go anywhere and is still bodacious, as you can tell by her plunging neckline. But, who was more cleavage-tastic? We can’t decide!
Chris Brown has been on PETA’s bad side as recently as last year for wearing fur; now he’s is in trouble for selling adorable puppies! Aw! Now what could be wrong with some wholesome baby pit bull distribution? According to PETA, everything. Early this week Brown’s mom JoyceHawkinstweeted “CHRIS BROWN PUPPIES FOR SALE” and a link to CB Breeds, a site featuring some Chris Brown glamor shots. Oh, and seven pit bull puppies for sale for $1,000 a pup. “There is no such thing as a responsible breeder while wonderful dogs are being put down in animal shelters across the country for lack of a good home,” PETA told E! when they found out about Brown’s side gig. “This is a moneymaking scheme, and Brown will count the suckers who fall for it as he counts the money on the way to the bank.” Well, those “suckers” also still get an adorable puppy. Did PETA see that photo on the left up there? We’re pretty sure some people would pay $1,000 for that photo alone.
Chris Brown‘s publicist has since denied the accusation that the singer is “breeding” dogs to sell, insisting he and his family were just placing a litter of puppies born to a family dog in Virginia. “He loves animals, especially dogs,” his rep claims. That’s PETA for you, though: if they’re not electing a new, perpetually nude spokecelebrity, they’re going after celebs for their questionable animal-related decisions. Be glad you’re not a member of the Kardashian family, Chris, or it could be both at the same time!
If you’ve been wondering why all the kids in your neighborhood have been skinning tiny woodland animals for fun, you have no one to blame but Ms. Jennifer Lawrence herself, who cracked wise about her squirrel disemboweling scene in Winter’s Bone in her recentRolling Stone interview. “I should say it wasn’t real, for PETA,” Lawrence joked. “But screw PETA.” Mwuh oh! Sounds like someone is looking to start an animal rights fight! Alternately, someone at Rolling Stone forgot the second “e” in Jennifer’s Hunger Games fan fiction fantasy. Can’t we pretend she was referring to Peeta? Kill two birds with one stone? Except not literally because that would just tick off PETA even more?
After peeping Jennifer’s comments, Gothamist couldn’t help but see what PETA had to say about it. “She’s young and the plight of animals somehow hasn’t yet touched her heart,” PETA’s president Ingrid Newkirk fumed. “As Henry David Thoreau said, ‘The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest.’ We are told that this squirrel was hit by a car, but when people kill animals, it is the animals who are ‘screwed,’ not PETA, and one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature.” Boyt, PETA is not going to go over so well when we’re all living Panem. Or maybe it will, since none of us will have food anyway? Only time will tell!
The Kardashian sisters are no strangers to bikinis, so it makes sense that they added a swimsuit line to their Kardashian Kollection. Luckily for us, Kourtney, Kim and Khloe decided to take ‘em for a test run in front of the camera lens! The first photo for their Sears collection was posted on designer Bruno Schiavi’sFacebook page today, and the Krew looked stunning as ever. “First look at our new Kardashian Kollection Swimwear campaign,” he wrote. “The girls look incredible!!!!!” There aren’t enough exclamation points in the world for that statement.
But all isn’t rosy in Kardashian-Kountry. Modeling legend Janice Dickinson threw a mega diss at Kim in the wake of her flour attack last week. “Throwing flour on someone is rude,” Janice told RadarOnline.com. “I think Kim should be tarred and feathered!” Ouch! Ms. Dickinson has apparently never been a huge fan of Kim. In fact, she’s gone on record saying that Kim’s famous booty is in fact “a heap of lard!” Easy, Janice! “I support PETA,” she continued. “Anyone that wears fur is rude and disgusting! Especially Kim Kardashian. She is rude and disgusting.” OK, so we can officially add her to the list of peeps who aren’t keeping up with the Kardashians…
Khloe Kardashian might have stripped down for a PETA anti-fur ad in 2008, but the way the animal rights organization has responded to Kim Kardashian’s flour bombing last Friday has Lamar’s wife ready to roll out the bear skin rug. “…I just received word that the woman responsible has very close ties to PETA, despite PETA publicly stating otherwise,” Khloe said in a statement today, referring to activist Christina Cho. “As you all know, I don’t condone violence and bullying and what happened last Thursday was just that. I am absolutely disgusted by their behavior. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions — I personally don’t wear fur but that doesn’t mean I am going to force my views on anyone else, ESPECIALLY by violating them.” Smooth move, PETA. You know Khloe loves to release stress by kickboxing polar bears. You have really done it this time.
As the organization wrote on their site after the incident, “PETA has written polite letters to Kim, erected billboards, and held protests. While we weren’t behind the flour delivery, we applaud the animal advocates who were.” Fumed Kim’s sister, “I will still continue to NOT wear fur, but I will no longer support PETA. Bullying and harassment is NEVER a solution, and I won’t be a part of any organization that thinks otherwise.” Hey, cheer up Khloe! You can still strip down for your denim line…and your lingerie line…and your reality show…and in the privacy of your own home. That’ll teach ‘em!
The folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have long shown that they are marketing geniuses, but their latest celebrity endorsement takes the cruelty-free cake: Courtney Stodden explaining why her dog Bazaar has made her switch “to a vegetarian.” Or something like that. The genius of the above video is that they clearly did not give her a script to follow. Maybe they gave her some talking points, but she is spouting pure Courtney Stodden poetry as she convinces us to do all of the PETA things at once. For the convenience of your future study, and so you can convince your friends to switch to a vegetarian too, here are seven compelling arguments from our favorite 17-year-old bride/princess:
1. There are millions of animals in shelters forced to live with their natural hair color. “I believe that there are so many animals in shelters who need homes, and so if I’m going to welcome another companion into our home, I would suggest to go to a shelter and not only make them happy and live a healthy life, but save a life as well.”
2. Food that looks back at you is scary. “I wasn’t really fond of eating meat and anything with a face because I just felt it was an awful thing to do.” Do RPattz pancakes count? Read more…