Topsy Is Comfortable in his Own Skin
25 November 2008 –
What's the differencebetween a full-length furcoat and just a little fur trim?Nothing, says famedAustralian singer, actor, andmodel Natalie Imbruglia,who took time out of herbusy schedule to pose for asexy new anti-fur ad forPeople for the EthicalTreatment of Animals(PETA).In the ad, Imbruglia isholding Topsy the rabbit toher naked chest next to thetagline "Tell
It's Just aLittle Fur Trim."
Tim Gunn’s Plea: Be Fur Free!
21 December 2008 -http://extratv.warnerbros.com "Project Runway's" Tim Gunn is teaming up with PETA tourge designers to just say "no" to fur in their collections.Gunn, the chief creative officer for Liz Claiborne, filmed apersonal video for
and Donna Karan toask them to stop using rabbit fur in their collections."Any designer in the fashion industry who does not wantto watch the PETA
and see exactly what happensto animals and how they're treated and how the productthat they use comes to the marketplace, I believe, isegregiously irresponsible," said Tim in an interview aboutthe video, as reported by
.PETA spokesperson Michael McGraw told the newspaperthat Armani and Karan were singled out because "theyhave both made pledges to be fur-free, but have goneback on their word when it comes to rabbits, as if rabbitsaren't fur-bearing animals."In response to the claims, an Armani rep tells the paper,"Despite the fact that we have previously sold productsmade from animal fur, the Armani Group has now decidedto renounce making such items with the exception ofthose in rabbit fur, the by-product of an animal that is astaple source of food... We must stress that PETA isexploiting our name to stir up public opinion withoutacknowledging that we actually include very few fur itemsin our collections, while certain competitors of ours basemuch of their business on furs."A spokesperson for Donna Karan told Page Six, "There isno fur in any of our lines for Fall 2009, and we currentlyhave no plans to use fur.".
23 December 2008 -
For a moment teenager John Haig thought a guinea pighad found its way into his family of young rabbits.One of the young animals that came bouncing out of ahutch with the rest of the brood was lacking something - apair of ears.But the little creature was indeed a rabbit, otherwisehealthy and part of a family of ten brothers and sisters.
He has been named Vincent - in honour of Van Gogh, thepainter who cut off his own ear - by 16-year-old John.'I've never seen one like that before,' he said. 'He'sperfectly healthy, he's just got no ears.'The farmingstudent, who liveswith his motherCarol, 59, in Burn,North Yorkshire,has been breedingrabbits since hewas 11.He spotted Vincent when the youngsters emerged withtheir mother Rosie for the first time from their hutch at threeweeks old.Mrs Haig, who also has a dog, a cat, 12 guinea pigs, andsome fish, said that the missing ears could be result of agenetic defect.Another theory is that his ears may have been bitten off byhis mother. Female rabbits are known to attack theiroffspring if they are distressed.
I have an earless bunny too, Miss Inga ('missing-ear'). Her mother nipped off her ears shortly following her birth - which is probably what happened to Vincent.
Karen W, Ross-on-Wye, UK, 23/12/2008
A herd of topiary rabbits on the lawn at the king's summerpalace in Thailand