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Olsen twins incur the wrath of PETA

June 12, 2008 |  1:37 pm

The_olsen_twinsPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been busy of late, worrying about fried chicken, lobsters and the like. But this week they're worried about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen., at right. No, it's nothing about their tiny-ness. It's about their fur-wearing ways.

Here's how Us magazine reports it:

In a new ad campaign to be unveiled at the Olsens' Walk of Fame star on Hollywood Boulevard, PETA blasts the 21-year-old star siblings — whom they dub the "Trollsen Twins" — for wearing fur and including it in their collections Elizabeth and James and The Row.

"Thin-twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are about to get some publicity that will have them running away faster than if they'd spotted a calorie," the group said in a snarky statement today. The new ad features the twins above the headline "Fur Is Worn by Beautiful Animals and Ugly People."

Meanwhile, PETA has issued a statement on the affair, which reads in part:

"As the Olsen twins prepare to celebrate their 22nd birthday this Friday, they'll be getting some unusual 'gifts' in the mail -- locks of hair from countless young people who object to cruelty to animals."

The hairy birthday greetings are being sent at the request of Peta2 -- the world's largest youth animal rights organization -- which posted a "mission" on its highly trafficked web site, Peta2.com, urging young people to send the fur-wearing twins snippets of their own hair along with a note that reads, "Please, use my hair instead of the animals'. Happy Birthday."

Some days it doesn't pay to be fur-wearing and famous.

-- Alice Short

Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images

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