Rihanna always manages to make headlines for her fashion sense, only this time its for a more serious reason.
Rihanna is being harshly criticized by animal rights group PETA for wearing an Ostrich feather outfit while recently promoting her fragrance Reb’l Fleur in London.
PETA spokeswoman Sandra Smiley said Rihanna shows little regard for animals.
“[She] is flaunting stolen property, in this case feathers possibly plucked right off their rightful owners’ backs. She has shown little regard for foxes, cows and reptiles, now she’s adding birds to the list of species exploited for her dubious looks.”
“Feathers are often ripped off chickens, geese, ostriches and emus in live plucking. This can result in gaping wounds that are sewn up with a needle and thread without anesthetic.”
Smiley struck on an even more sensitive cord by likening Rihanna’s use of animal property to the abuse she endured from ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.
“We keep hoping that Rihanna, a victim of violence herself, will learn to open her heart and start empathizing with the suffering of others. That includes the animals who are beaten, gassed, electrocuted and poisoned to be turned into fashion accessories.”