Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Beyonce Questioned for Abuse of Baby Alligator on the Set of a Photo Shoot

Another Diva who has little concern for any other species. If it’s not fur, it’s abusing baby alligators on the set of a photo shoot.


Animal Rights Activists Aren't Happy With Beyonce About Alligator Incident


August 31, 2006 8:56 a.m. EST

Maira Oliveira - All Headline News Reporter

Los Angeles, CA (BANG) - Beyonce Knowles should have kept her own mouth shut. The sultry singer has been confronted by animal rights activists for abusing a baby alligator while shooting the cover for her new album.

The singer recently revealed she made animal handlers tape the reptile's mouth shut before she would hold it for the artwork of her "B'Day" album.

"There was a shot where I held a baby alligator. It had its mouth taped-that was my bright idea. He was really cute, but since his mouth was taped, he didn't have any way to defend himself. He was upset so he peed on me," said Beyonce.

After learning of her actions, international animal rights group PETA contacted British reptile expert Clifford Warwick.

Warwick has now written a letter to Beyonce, on PETA's behalf, branding her actions "abusive."

"Humans and alligators are not natural bedfellows, and the two should not mix at events such as photo shoots. In my view, doing so is arguably abusive to an animal," he said.

"Animals shouldn't be held in their predators' arms for protracted periods of time while being stripped of all defenses."

This is not Beyonce first run-in with PETA. In June, members of the group won a charity auction on the internet site eBay to dine with the singer-turned-actress at the trendy restaurant Nobu. When they arrived they fired questions at Beyonce, demanding she explain her use of fur in her clothing line, House of Dereon.

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