Humane Society award for Kesha is for the birds
By Carole Raphaelle Davis
February 28, 2013
Los Angeles —- Is Ke$ha’s love for animals real or faux? That is the question being asked by members of the animal rights community. On March 23, The Humane Society of the United States will honor pop star Ke$ha at their annual benefit gala, the Genesis Awards. She will be receiving the prestigious Wyler award for her “activism.” Some animal rights advocates are calling fowl, claiming Ke$ha doesn’t deserve an award because of her wardrobe choices. Ke$ha’s signature style is the look of a wild huntress—the long, feather earrings and hair accessories, elaborate feather headdresses, feather jackets, leather, snake skin, bones, teeth and skulls as accessories and lots real-looking fur.
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The Companion Animal Protection Society wrote an angry email to senior management of the HSUS, casting doubt on the merit of the honoree and urging them to reconsider giving her an award. Beverly Kaskey, Senior Director at The Humane Society of the United States claims to have vetted the star, stating, “We have confirmed that Ke$ha does not wear fur, and is currently developing her own faux fur line. Her feather accessories are created by Fauxtale, which uses only naturally-molted plumage without harming the birds.”
“I just love animals,” Ke$ha told the Phoenix Times, “and I’m an advocate for animals’ rights, and my family has rescued dogs from all over the world. I don’t believe in animal testing. If you see me in fur, it’s always fake.”
We’ll have to take her word for it. There is no available information about her rescued dogs or which rescue organization her family has rescued dogs from other than that quote on-line. Ke$ha’s cat was handed to her through her car window at a strip club. She later tweeted that she considered that a rescue. It’s not. Rescue is when you go to a shelter or rescue organization to save an animal’s life.
About all the fur jackets and accessories she wears—there is only one way to determine whether fur is real—you have to light a match to it. Synthetic, man-made “fur” melts and releases a toxic fume that can be detected easily. Real fur burns the same way human hair does and has a distinctive organic smell.
To some animal rights purists, whether the furs are real or faux is not the point; she is still promoting the wearing of dead animals. “I don’t know if there is any advantage to marketing the look of an animal’s skin by saying it’s fake,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy organization. “The truth is, she’s marketing the look, so has she really spared an animal?”
“Regardless of what she says her costumes are made of, whether they’re the real feathers of a goose, ostrich, swan or other bird, they likely didn’t shed them naturally. Some celebrities act as if these furs fall of the animal with great ease in fact their necks are broken in order steal them. The image is one of theft. She promotes that look, that crime.” ~ Priscilla Feral
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