PETA, the international animal rights group, has announced its ‘Worst-Dressed Celebrities’ of 2008 – those stars who regularly wear fur in public.

“Most celebrities these days already know that fur is a bigger fashion faux pas than fanny packs, but some haven’t yet caught on that leather and ‘exotic’ skins are also a dying trend,” says PETA.

The list is headed up by soul singer Aretha Franklin, who has been crowned the queen of the group’s ‘Worst-Dressed’ finalists.

“How ’bout some R-E-S-P-E-C-T for animals? Aretha, when you waddled into the Grammys in yet another vulgar fur, you looked as if you were going to perform I Am the Walrus by The Beatles. You may be a queen, but you don’t know jack about compassion,” says PETA about the rotund performer.

Also in the firing line are Goth rocker Marilyn Manson (“..his wardrobe is a real-life tale of blood and guts “), Eva Longoria (In her trashy furs, she looks like the street walker of Wisteria Lane) and Lindsay Lohan (“…there’s no road to recovery for the foxes who are anally electrocuted so that you can look skanky”).

The list is rounded off by model Kate Moss (“Nothing completes the transition from supermodel to super-tramp like a fur coat”) and pop singer Kylie Minogue (“What does Kylie Minogue have in common with her python purse? They are both cold-blooded”).

PETA is an active campaigner, often with the support of high profile celebrities, against the use of fur and exotic leather.

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