According to CBS, PETA sent a letter to Aretha Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Garret Owens, asking that the singer’s extensive fur collection be given to the organization’s fur program.
Tracy Reiman, the executive vice president of the animal rights group, wrote in the letter, “Might we now call on her estate to help end the cruel era of wearing animal fur by donating her fur coats to PETA, where they’ll go on to offer warmth and comfort to those who need it the most?”
Furs donated to the program are used for educational displays, anti-fur fashion shows and to help people in need. “We donate many of them to homeless people who can’t afford to buy their own coats—the only people who have any excuse to wear fur. Every year, PETA holds a few ‘fur kitchens’ at homeless shelters around the country, and we’ve even shipped hundreds of furs to help warm the women and children freezing in Afghanistan and Iraq,” per the organization’s website.
Reiman acknowledged Franklin’s activism for African-Americans and asked for it to be passed down to animals. “By donating Aretha Franklin’s fur coats to PETA, her family could expand her legacy of social justice to animals,” she said. “While we can’t bring back the animals who suffered and died for them, these coats can help others by providing some much-needed warmth to orphaned animals and humans in desperate need.”
If Franklin’s estate donates her fur collection, the singer will be among a group of celebrities to do the same including Mariah Carey.