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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is on a roll this year. Once again, they have come after the R&B-pop superstar Beyoncé, this time over her new pair of custom sneakers.
Beyoncé recently commissioned Perfectly Made Kicks (PMK) to custom design a pair of wedge-style sneakers, and the shoemakers apparently rose to the occasion. The Boom Box reported that the shoes, nicknamed “King Bey,” are made from an array of animals including “crocodile and anaconda skins, stingray, ostrich and calf hair.”
PETA’s impassioned reaction was “… These animals are highly sensitive living beings who try hard to avoid capture and suffer enormously when trapped, netted, speared and skinned alive." PMK made a reciprocal statement that no animals were harmed in the making of Beyoncé’s shoes.
Beyoncé is no stranger to the searing displeasure of PETA. After the singer wore a black Christian Dior fur coat to the Presidential Inauguration in January, The Guardian quoted PETA as saying, "What does it mean when one of the most popular musicians in the world endorses the fur trade in such a dramatic way?"
And, just last month, PETA was up in arms over the costume Beyoncé wore during her game-stopping halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII. The Huffington Post reported that the sexy leather-and-lace bodysuit was custom made by designer Rubin Singer who used "strips of engineered python, paneled iguana and trapunto/pick stitched leather."
PETA’s press release response was, “We would take a bet that if Beyoncé watched our video exposés here and here, she'd probably not want to be seen again in anything made of snakes, lizards, rabbits, or other animals who died painfully.”
Beyoncé has remained cool and collected under this barrage of attempted disrepute. Judging by her new pair of sneakers, she isn't planning on caving in any time soon.