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Soprano Wants Her Millions of Admirers to Know the Cruel and Sinister Reality of Fur


For Immediate Release:

December 4, 2008


Seoul -- Beyond her captivating voice, Grammy Award-winning coloratura soprano Su-Mi Jo has a heart to match when it comes to her compassion for animals. Although you can catch Jo singing in places as far away as Chile or Brussels, one thing that you'll never catch her doing is wearing fur. That's why Jo has been selected as one of only five Asian celebrities to make People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific's first-ever Best-Dressed list.


Sharing honors with Jo for their stylish and fur-free fashion choices are sultry action-flick actor Maggie Q, Japanese erotic novelist and sex symbol Aya Sugimoto, award-winning actor Sun Li (aka Betty Sun) of China, and veteran actor of more than 40 films Karen Mok of Hong Kong.


Jo and PETA want consumers to know that animals trapped for fur suffer from crushed bones and torn ligaments and tendons--often for days--before they are bludgeoned or stomped to death by trappers. Many, especially nursing mothers who are desperate to return to their young, chew off their own limbs in an attempt to escape. On fur farms, animals spend their entire lives in tiny, filthy cages, where they suffer physical and psychological distress before they are killed by poisoning, gassing, neck-breaking, or anal or vaginal electrocution. In China--the world's leading fur exporter--animals on fur farms, including millions of cats and dogs, are commonly skinned alive, sometimes while still conscious.


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