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Olsen twins prompt another visit from PETA

October 30, 2008 |  3:14 pm

The_olsens_promote_their_new_bookWe can't get enough news about the Olsen twins (that's Mary-Kate and Ashely for those who've asleep for the last 15 years), who have again attracted the attention of animal rights protesters, this time at a New York event for their new fashion book "Influence." Envirolink has the details:

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's book signing attracted masked animal rights protesters yesterday.

Two representatives from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) -- who call themselves the Trollsen Twins -- wore masks designed by the organization and held signs condemning the pair's penchant for fur at the New York event for the Olsen's new fashion bible 'Influence'.

The placards read 'Trollsens Fur Hags From Hell' and 'Hairy Kate + Ashley Olsen: Fur Tramps.'

Dan Shannon, PETA's assistant director of youth campaigns, said: 'From their ghoulish garb to their skeletal frames, every day is Halloween if you're an Olsen twin.'

It's not the first time PETA has dissed the twins for wearing fur. In the summer, the animal rights organization issued a statement, which said, 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.

-- Alice Short

Photo: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

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