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Krupa hoopla: Catholics irked by PETA ad

peta_joanna-krupaCatholics are cross with Joanna Krupa, the Playboy cover girl and “Dancing with the Stars” competitor whose latest ad for PETA features her wearing nothing but angel wings and a crucifix.

Krupa unveiled the new  “Be an Angel for Animals” PETA campaign at a protest this week outside Barkworks, a Los Angeles pet store that sells puppies.

The campaign, which urges people to adopt dogs rather than buy them, was quick to draw criticism from Catholic leaders.

“The fact is that cats and dogs are a lot safer in pet stores than they are in the hands of PETA employees,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. “Moreover, pet stores don’t rip off Christian iconography and engage in cheap irreligious claims. PETA is a fraud.”

“It’s totally inappropriate,” said Deal Hudson, publisher of InsideCatholic.com. “It’s another instance of disrespect toward Christianity and another example of the kind of abuse that would never occur with any other major religion, because the outcry would be so immediate and so loud that the people behind it would immediately retreat.”

Krupa, herself a Catholic, responded that she’s just doing what the church should be doing — and by that, we’re pretty sure she meant fighting for defenseless animals as opposed to shedding clothing.

“As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.

“I’m doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of god’s creation. I am a voice for innocent animals who are being neglected and dumped by the millions at shelters. In my heart I know that Jesus would never condone the suffering that results when dogs and cats are allowed to breed.”


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time December 4, 2009 at 10:50 am

I’d love to know who came up with this lamebrained idea. There are a lot of Catholics out there (well, there are a lot of Christians in general) to be offended by this. It stands to reason that they have a lot of companion animals, and that you’d want them on your side in any sort of animal-welfare campaign you were working on. I don’t much like it, and I’m supposed to be disgustingly liberal. Why would PETA deliberately choose to alienate any interest group–religious, political, or other? Animal welfare is one area where people can (and probably do) unite regardless of their political, religious, or other beliefs.

It’s just one more reason to wonder what they’re really up to at PETA. Apparently enlisting lots of supporters isn’t it. While I think Mr. Donohue’s statement about pet stores is a bit flawed, he does have a point: No pet store is actively offending potential customers. So why is PETA actively offending potential supporters?