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article imageCatholics upset over PETA's 'Angel for Animals'

By Maciej Lewandowski     Dec 6, 2009 in Lifestyle
Joanna Krupa, one of the sexiest women in the world, launched a new campaign for the UK-based charity PETA, called "Angel for Animals."
In the series of ads, Krupa appears as a naked angel, barely covering her body with a crucifix.
The ads appeared on billboards in American cities and towns, provoking sharp criticism from Catholic communities and organizations.
The New York-based Catholic League published a statement reading:
The fact is that cats and dogs are a lot safer in pet stores than they are in the hands of PETA employees. Moreover, pet stores don’t rip off Christian iconography and engage in cheap irreligious scams. PETA is a fraud. It also has a long and disgraceful record of exploiting Christian and Jewish themes to hawk its ugly services. Those who support this organization sorely need a reality check. They also need a course in Ethics 101.
The Polish model is aware her latest campaign is controversial, telling TV Guide:
When PETA approached me to do an ad again, my team told them we wanted to make sure the concept is controversial, sadly, because that's the only way to get your message out there. It takes controversial photos for us to think about pressing issues. Otherwise, we would rather go on watching and debating Jon and Kate [Gosselin]'s financial fights or Lady Gaga's costumes, while millions of helpless animals are dying. We all brainstormed and came up with the church theme, which I love.
She is convinced she didn't do anything contrary to the basics of the Catholicism, telling TV Guide:
As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of. I'm doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of god's creation.
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