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Tim Gunn Lobbies for State Fur Ban in Letter to Committee

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LOS ANGELES – Fashion guru Tim Gunn sent a letter on PETA’s behalf urging members of the California Senate Appropriations Committee to vote “yes” on Assembly Bill 44, which would ban the sale of fur statewide.

In the letter, Gunn — who routinely works in California, including on his new show, Making the Cut — points out that Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco have all banned new fur sales, making a statewide ban the next logical move.

“I’d love to hear that California has taken yet another bold and progressive step in preventing cruelty to animals by banning fur sales.” — Tim Gunn

“Designers are finding it increasingly easy to meet consumer demand and be creative without being cruel,” writes Gunn. “I’d love to hear that California has taken yet another bold and progressive step in preventing cruelty to animals by banning fur sales.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

August 26, 2019

The Honorable Anthony J. Portantino
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair
California State Senate

Dear Sen. Portantino,

I hope this letter finds you well. Throughout my career—as chair of fashion design at Parsons School of Design, creative director at Liz Claiborne, and host of Project Runway—I’ve advocated against fur. I’m thrilled to know that California—where I routinely work, including on my new show Making the Cut—is considering a bill, AB 44, that would ban fur sales statewide. I urge you to vote “yes” on this compassionate legislation.

In the fur industry, foxes, rabbits, chinchillas, and even dogs and cats are anally electrocuted, gassed, bludgeoned, and often skinned alive. After watching PETA’s “Fur in 60 Seconds” video, I’m sure you’ll agree that tremendous violence occurs to produce every fur collar and coat. In addition, fur production requires dangerous chemicals that pollute the environment. To keep animal pelts from putrefying, furriers steep them in noxious chemicals such as chromium and formaldehyde.

It’s unsurprising that eco-friendly and animal-free fashion is trending. Designers are finding it increasingly easy to meet consumer demand and be creative without being cruel. Michael Kors, Versace, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani, and Chanel have enacted fur-free policies, as have dozens of mass-market brands like H&M, Zara, Gap Inc., Nine West, and The North Face.

Lawmakers have already banned the sale of new fur items in Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and West Hollywood, and a statewide ban is the next logical step. I’d love to hear that California has taken yet another bold and progressive step in preventing cruelty to animals by banning fur sales. Please do the right thing and support AB 44.

Very truly yours,
Tim Gunn

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest ‘Rona Rate

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest 'Rona Rate

FORT WORTH (TMZ) — The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan.

The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas, and as of Tuesday … there was a total of 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, making it number 2 behind a federal CA facility at 570 inmate cases.

If that sounds troubling, it should … we’ve seen jails and prisons across the U.S. getting besieged with the virus — and some of the inmates are suffering. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has assured us they’re going above and beyond for their prisoners, staff and visitors alike at Joe’s facility to keep them safe and healthy.

As for Joe … his people have repeatedly told us … he’s virus-free.

The agency tells TMZ there’s a comprehensive action plan in place at all of their institutions — which includes reducing inmate transfers, increasing screening and testing, minimizing unnecessary movement on the inside and temporarily canceling social and legal visits, not to mention training for BOP employees. They will also do regular temperature checks.

The trick is … as little congregating as possible. BOP says it’s trying to keep guards at one post for as long as possible to avoid unnecessary interaction.

BOP also tells us they’ve made sure everyone — prisoners and staffers — have received surgical masks. BOP says it has things under control — so far fewer than 5 deaths at the Fort Worth facility … but with nearly 300 cases, it’s gotta be viewed as a full-fledged outbreak.

So … guess that means Joe’s in good hands??? Here’s hoping so.

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He's a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

NEW YORK CITY (TMZ) — Anderson Cooper is the proud new father of a baby boy … revealing Wyatt Morgan Cooper to the world.

The CNN anchor took to Instagram Thursday night to reveal earlier this week Wyatt was born via surrogate. Cooper said, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.”

As for Wyatt’s name, 52-year-old says it’s in honor of his dad, who passed away when he was just 10, saying, “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.”

Anderson also shared a sweet message about his surrogate, saying, “Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children.”

Finally, Anderson says, “I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.” His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt died last year.

Wyatt is Anderson’s first child … Congrats!!

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Madonna: I Have Antibodies … Gonna Breathe in COVID-19 Air

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Madonna: I Have Antibodies ... Gonna Breathe in COVID-19 Air

Madonna has revealed — via her “Quarantine Diary” — that she’s tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, and already has a bizarre plan for using them.

The Material Girl’s known for posting some eccentric material on her Instagram, but she’s kicked things up a notch during lockdown … the latest being heading outside to “breathe in the COVID-19 air.”

Yep, Madge says now that she knows she has the antibodies, she’s going out for a drive and rolling down the windows. She included the hashtags #staysafe #staysane with her video post.

It’s unclear exactly what M hopes to accomplish by sucking in virus air on her drive, but if she truly has antibodies it means she likely already had the coronavirus. Most scientists agree she should have some COVID-19 immunity, but it’s unclear for how long.

Madonna’s been doing her part in coronavirus relief efforts — both by donating a million dollars and joining the REFORM Alliance in sending 100,000 surgical masks to jails and prisons.

She’s throwing caution to the wind, though, with her own health.

Hey, she’s got a pocket full o’ antibodies and she’s gonna spend ’em!!!

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