People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced in March that its India chapter would target Donatella Versace with billboards.
The billboards feature pictures of Donatella with the copy, “Fur is worn by beautiful animals and ugly people.”
PETA’s Dan Mathews tells Indian newspaper Mid-Day,
Donatella’s selfish, cruel nature is evident in the photograph, which is in start contrast to the gentleness and beauty of the animals whose skins were stolen for her shows.
Of course, Mathews is one of the uglier animal rights activists around, having in 2000 declared his admiration for the man who murdered Gianni Versace. A profile in Genre magazine that year noted,
When asked who is among the most important men he loves of the century, he replied, “Andrew Cunanan, because he got Versace to stop doing fur.”
Someone’s got a selfish and cruel nature, and it ain’t Donatella Versace.
PETA targets violence. Hemal Ashar, Mid-Day, March 20, 2005.