Animal rights activists hit Vogue editor Anna Wintour with a tofu cream pie after she left a fashion show in Paris, France.
This is the second time this year that activists have hit Wintour with a pie, also hitting Wintour before a Chanel show in Paris.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was quick to condemn Wintour, with PETA’s Yvonne Taylor saying,
Wintour is fur-bearing animals’ worst enemy because her magazine continues to feature dozens of pages of pro-fur editorials and advertising every year. She takes big glossy advertisements for fur and she refuses to run any anti-fur ads, even paid ones, so she’s a big fur supporter.
Hmmm…I guess then it would be okay to throw things at Ingrid Newkirk because PETA does not accept pro-fur advertisements in any of its publications.
Anti-fur group cream pies American Vogue’s Wintour. Reuters, October 8, 2005.
Editor faces tofu fur fury. The Weekend Australian, October 10, 2005.
In March, the Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice rejected an appeal by France to overturn a planned Europe-wide ban on cosmetics testing with animals that is scheduled to take effect in 2009.
France is home to a large cosmetics industry and claims that the ban would violate international trade agreements since it not only bans cosmetics testing on animals within the European Union, but also bans the import of cosmetics from outside the European Union that have been tested on animals.
France will appeal further and a final decision one way or another isn’t expected until later this year.
According to the Press Association, about 38,000 animals are used annually in cosmetics-related testing.
French challenge to animal cosmetics test ban fails. Geoff Meade, Press Association, March 17, 2005.
According to UK newspaper The Guardian, France has angered animal rights activists by giving its 6,000 foie gras producers until at least 2010 to comply with a European Union ruling that requires the elimination of individual cages known as epinettes. The cages are criticized for their small, cramped size
The Guardian quoted a spokeswoman for the French Animal Rights League as saying,
It’s shameful. France has ratified all these conventions on cruelty to animals, and even put most of them into national law, yet it continues to condone this barbaric practice. It seems foie gras is sacred.
France, of course, is the world’s leading producer of foie gras, accounting for 70 percent of the world’s supply and 85 percent of the consumption of foie gras. According to The Guardian, the average French person eats foie gras about 10 times each year.
France defies EU to continue force-feeding birds for foie gras. Jon Henley, The Guardian, September 18, 2004.