Animal-rights group PETA, which has a habit of working with reality TV personalities, sent Teresa Giudice a letter at the Danbury Correctional Institute imploring her to have a change of heart while in the clink and donate her old fur coats to their fur trade-in program. 

PETA is hoping Teresa, like former inmate Martha Stewart, will make the decision to go fur-free while in prison so no more animals have to suffer for her selfishness. What about us humans that have to suffer for her selfishness? Since the Real Housewives Of New Jersey star is likely going to have sell her coats off to pay her bankruptcy debt, legal fees, or federal restitution, why not just donate them right?!

PETA says they re-use any donated furs to clothe homeless people, create educational displays on the cruelty of the fur industry, and supply bedding for orphaned wildlife.

I don’t think I’d want any coat Teresa once owned to go to a poor orphaned baby animal – it would probably reek of Gucci Greed, be coated in self-tanner, body glitter, and several layers of MAC stage makeup and be sloshed with Fabellini and Fabulicious spaghetti sauce. It might also have Danielle Staub‘s claw marks on it. 

“A prison stint is no picnic, except when compared to the horror of a lifetime of confinement to a cold cage on a fur factory farm and the pain of being electrocuted or bludgeoned for your skin,” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk said in a statement. “By donating her fur coats to PETA, Teresa will be doing something good for the world—and the donation would be a legitimate tax write-off, too.” Everybody knows how Teresa likes to flub those financial statements so PETA should double-check the value! 

You can read the letter PETA sent Teresa below, and find it here. Let’s just hope Teresa does the right thing for once and donates! 

Dear Teresa,

Greetings from PETA. We’re so sorry that you have ended up in prison. We hope you’ll make the most of your time “inside” and that while you have time to reflect on how you might do things differently once you’re out, you’ll consider the horrors that animals killed for their fur experience. The situation that you find yourself in is far better than the one that animals on fur farms endure behind cage bars—and their only “crime” is that they were born with a beautiful natural fur coat that some humans want to steal from them. Because of that, they receive a death sentence.

Please consider that however bad things may seem, you’re in clover compared to the animals whose legs are caught in steel-jaw traps or who go mad in their small cages, incarcerated for life in filthy cells on fur farms. Minks, foxes, rabbits, and chinchillas suffer greatly from such unnatural, stressful confinement. If you ever visit a fur factory farm, you will see them spinning in endless tiny circles, panicked and psychotic. In the end, these animals aren’t released back into nature to be reunited with their friends and families. Instead, they’re bludgeoned or electrocuted in the name of fashion.

Would you consider doing something kind and charitable for animals during your sentence? Will you donate your furs to PETA once you’re out of prison? We would ensure that they ended up in the hands of homeless people who could use a little extra warmth during the cold winter months and/or as bedding for animals in need. Thank you for your consideration.

Kindest regards,

Andrew Bernstein, PETA


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