PETA Wants Aretha Franklin Estate to Donate Her Fur Collection

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Aretha Franklin photographed in 1980.

PETA sent a letter on Friday (Aug. 24) to Aretha Franklin's estate asking them to give her fur collection to the animal rights organization's fur donation program.    

According to a press release by PETA, the furs will go to people in refugee camps and homeless shelters. Additionally, the furs get sent to wildlife rehab facilities that turn them into bedding for orphaned animals. Mariah Carey, Mary Tyler Moore and Sharon Osbourne are among the many stars who gave their furs to the program.   

“By donating Aretha Franklin’s fur coats to PETA, her family could expand her legacy of social justice to animals,” PETA Executive President Tracy Reiman said. “While we can’t bring back the animals who suffered and died for them, these coats can help others by providing some much-needed warmth to orphaned animals and humans in desperate need.”

Read the letter to Franklin's niece, Sabrina Garrett Owens, here.