Sophie Ellis Bextor stars in graphic anti-fur campaign

LONDON - Popstar Sophie Ellis Bextor has joined the anti-fur campaign by starring in an advertisement for Peta holding the carcass of a skinned fox.

The ad features the strapline "Here's the rest of your fur coat" and carries the website address for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals anti-fur website furisdead.com.

It was photographed by Mary McCartney, daughter of Sir Paul and sister to the fashion designer Stella, who is also part of Peta's campaign against the fur trade. Ellis Bextor donated her time for free.

Ellis Bextor, who released a single last week, said: "I'm part of the generation that grew up with the 'We'd rather go naked than wear fur' campaign and it's something that really struck a chord with me. To me, it felt a very natural thing to do, to be on the side of animals when it came to fur."

The "We'd rather go naked" campaign featured some of the biggest supermodels of the 1980s including Naomi Campbell, who was later pictured at a fashion show wearing real fur.

Peta has a knack for eye-catching campaigns. Earlier this year, it convinced the MTV and 'Baywatch' star Traci Bingham to strip off in the name of vegetarianism. The animal rights group has also criticised Britney Spears for using a live albino python in her stage act -- she later dropped the snake from her shows.

Ellis Bextor is the daughter of former 'Blue Peter' presenter Janet Ellis and rose to fame with her singles 'Murder on the Dancefloor' and the number one hit with Spiller, 'Groovejet'.

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