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Animal rights group wants the pope to give up fur

July 22, 2008 |  2:04 pm

Some animal rights folks have a bone to pick with the pope. Agence France-Presse reports:

Sometimes_the_pope_likes_to_wear__2One of Italy's leading animal rights groups said Monday it was launching an Internet petition to demand Pope Benedict XVI stop wearing fur during religious ceremonies at the Vatican.

Lorenzo Croce, chairman of the Italian Assn. for the Defence of Animals and the Environment, denied being provocative or wanting to make an antireligious statement.

"We just want to ask him in a message of love and peace to give a strong signal towards the protection of animals and the environment through a small but very significant personal sacrifice," Croce told the Italian news agency ANSA.

Since his election, Pope Benedict has taken to wearing a number of traditional religious garments, including a small red velvet cape with a white ermine border, which he wears in winter along with a hat of the same color.

Photo: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

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