Model, actress and animal lover Joanna Krupa is the latest face (and body) to be splashed across a PETA ad. The "Angel for Animals" theme, which has Krupa bearing a cross against her bare body, isn't sitting too well with everyone, however.
PETA says: "Joanna urges people to always adopt and never buy animals from a pet store or breeder. Puppies sold in pet shops typically come from puppy mills, where dogs are raised in cruel conditions and forced to live in tiny, filthy metal cages without any socialization or exercise. Every puppy or kitten who is bought prevents an animal in an animal shelter from finding a home." True enough!
However, Catholic League president Bill Donohue in New York calls PETA out for treating animals unethically (saying they "killed 95 percent of the adoptable pets in its care" last year). His real problem is with the whole cross thing, though. He says, "Now the animal killers have launched a Christmas campaign that exploits Christian symbols. It features Playboy queen Joanna Krupa... she appears 'as a winged angel, covered by a carefully-placed crucifix.' Once again, the target is pet stores. The fact is that cats and dogs are a lot safer in pet stores than they are in the hands of PETA employees. Moreover, pet stores don’t rip off Christian iconography and engage in cheap irreligious scams." [via Village Voice]