PETA wants to make good use of Aretha Franklin’s fur collection.
The animal rights’ organization wrote a letter to Franklin’s niece Sabrina Garrett Owens, who was recently named the representative of the singer’s estate.
PETA asked Owens to donate Franklin’s fur collection to the organization’s fur donation program, which sends furs to people in need in refugee camps and at homeless shelters. Furthermore, the fur is used as bedding for orphaned wildlife at rehabilitation facilities.
“By donating Aretha Franklin’s fur coats to PETA, her family could expand her legacy of social justice to animals,” PETA Executive President Tracy Reiman said in a statement given to ET Canada. “While we can’t bring back the animals who suffered and died for them, these coats can help others by providing some much-needed warmth to orphaned animals and humans in desperate need.”
Celebrities that have donated their fur to the program in the past include, Mariah Carey, Kim Cattrall, Mary Tyler Moore, Sharon Osbourne and Anjelica Huston.
Read the full letter PETA wrote to Owens below:
We’re so sorry for the loss of your aunt. The world has lost an amazing talent, and we’re grateful that her music will live on.
Aretha will always be remembered for all that she did to help empower African-American people, especially women, in her lifetime. Might we now call on her estate to help end the cruel era of wearing animal fur by donating her fur coats to PETA, where they’ll go on to offer warmth and comfort to those who need it the most? In the past, we’ve given donated fur coats—some coming from other wonderful women including Anjelica Huston, Mariah Carey, and Mary Tyler Moore—to homeless shelters in the U.S. (including in Detroit) and to displaced refugees in Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Syria.
Designers, brands, and stores are dropping fur as quickly as consumers are ditching it. As faux fur and other cruelty-free, vegan materials take over, real animal fur can be put to good use, and this generous donation would secure Aretha forever as an “Angel” for animals.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please let us know if there’s anything that we can do to help you and your family through this difficult time.
Tracy Reiman, Executive Vice President, PETA”