Guest Star: "PETA [Doesn't Try] To Target The Hip-Hop Community"
Monday, Mar 14, 2011 5:00PM
[In light of Waka Flocka Flame stripping down for animal rights this month, PETA spokesperson Megan Rondeau speaks on the organization's emphasis on tracking down fur violators of all kind.]
It's really not so much that PETA tries to target the hip-hop community but it's more about the big celebrities. 50 Cent has posted those [knife pointed at his dog] pictures and he has so many followers on Twitter and people immediately started talking about them. I think that's why PETA responded to quickly because in today's media world, information travels so fast through Facebook and the Internet and Twitter.
To us, it's just important that we address those negative pictures and inform people that those kinds of things happen to animals. We want to make sure PETA is there to say, "Hey, this is why we think this is wrong." We just want to make sure that PETA has a presence and that it is seen.
It's one of the reasons why we work with hip-hop artists or other celebrities or other campaigns and big stuff like Super Bowl ads. It's kind of across the board. We feel it's important to make sure PETA has a presence for people to be able to look and say, "I wonder what PETA has to say about this" or "Is this right? Is this wrong?"
We actually release an awards list every year. It's kind of a play on the whole Best Dressed in Hollywood [lst]. PETA actually has a Worst Dressed list every year which [features] the fur offenders. These are the people who wear so much fur without remorse and I believe last year's winner was Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was the winner for the Worst Dressed. She was featured a lot for wearing these floor-length coats and not caring that all these animals are executed and beaten to death on a fur farm. Other people that PETA has targeted has been the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, who include fur in their clothing lines. Even people like Kate Moss and fashion models who are also called out for their fur.
Megan Rondeau is a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 2 million members and supporters. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other "pests" as well as cruelty to domesticated animals. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.