Pete's Coat: Seized By Police, Not Gorilla Fur
Further to our 'Gorilla In The Midst?' and 'Prison For Pete
Burns?' articles, the singer's controversial coat has been
taken away by Police for examination.
The offending item, which caused friction with Jodie while
she was in the house, was taken away by Police following complaints
from the public. They did not enter the Big Brother house,
however, as the coat was handed-over by the show's producers.
Experts at The Natural History Museum in London subsequently
inspected the coat and determined that it's made from the
fur of black-and-white colobus monkeys, not gorillas.
Even so, some variants are considered to be 'under threat'
and so the Hertfordshire Constabulary are referring the matter
to the Crown Prosecution Service for possible prosecution.
About the coat, chief of the UN's 'Great Apes Survival Project'
Ian Redmond said, "Regardless of legal issues, there's
a moral issue too... because Pete Burns and Channel 4 could
be said to have promoted the killing of wild animals for fashion".
A 'PETA' spokesperson has said that all animals
suffer when they are killed for their fur, whether endangered
or not, while Jim Cronin, owner of the renowned 'Monkey World'
sanctuary in Dorset, has also expressed his concern.
"About 20-30 colobus monkeys would have died to make
that coat," said the rescue centre boss.
Outrageous and defiant Pete Burns may be, but with legal
and animal rights pressure mounting, he could well pay the
price for flaunting such a highly-controversial item in his
quest to be unique.
Apes Survival Project
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