PETA activist sheds clothes in protest

06/10/08 Seán Kinane
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Today on the St. Petersburg Pier, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held an eye-catching demonstration against the use of exotic animal skins. A nearly naked woman painted to look like a spotted yellow and black snake lay on the sidewalk. Her fully-clothed counterpart, Cassandra Curbelo, works with PETA’s International Grassroots Campaigns Department.

Fred Snook owns The Hideout, a shop in the Pier that sells products made from animal skins that was a target of the PETA protest.

Susan Robertson is the Marketing Manager for the St. Petersburg Pier.

PETA’s Curbelo said that just because an animal is raised on a farm doesn’t mean it is treated humanely. Reactions from visitors to the Pier who passed by the PETA protest were mixed.

There are other things that people can wear besides animal skins, Curbelo said. "You can achieve a killer look without killing."

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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