I took pause when I read the following Twitter exchange.
An excerpt from the “Twitter War” being waged between the world famous pin-ups and controversial animal activists Barbi Twins and mom, supermodel, and successful business woman Kathy Ireland:
Kathy Ireland: @Barbi_Twins Will stop fur design when activists join fight to save babies.
Barbi Twins: @kathyireland Love babies too, but animal activists don’t wear, sell and design skinned babies.
@kathyireland ur luv 4 babies is g8, but saying u will stop selling #fur if #animalactivists saved babies is disguising profit 4 #compassion
Kathy Ireland: @Barbi_Twins @jmniguy Am praying for you. God bless you.
Barbi Twins: @kathyireland TY Can u also plz put a prayer n 4 the #animals that were skinned alive or anally electrocuted 4 ur #FUR line? God luvs us all.
The Twins said, “If we can put a man on the moon, we can certainly find more compassionate clothes and fashion lines.”
Sia Barbi remarked, “We admit that we are an oxymoron so it is silly to stereotype us. We are actually more like the Green Tea-Party Twins.”
The Barbi Twins believe that you can’t “barter compassion.” Rather, they said, “Choosing to treat animals with compassion will manifest in all other areas of your life.”
The twins were featured in Skin Trade, a film by Shannon Keith, which explored the behind-the-scenes world of the fur industry–a graphic yet compelling documentary.
I applaud both Kathy Ireland and the Barbi Twins for their charitable work. The Barbi Twins are vegans that have rescued many companion animals, campaigned for animal bills, protested animal cruelty and have contributed a great deal to animal charities. Kathy, also a dog lover, is also quite compassionate having supported causes for children and adults with life-threatening illnesses.
I contacted Kathy Ireland’s publicist, but have yet to receive a response.
How do you as a reader feel about fur?
The views expressed in this article are those of Jordan Schaul and not necessarily those of the National Geographic Society.