Beats by Dre have become the quintessential mark of listening to music that sounds good. No matter what the music is, Beats promise crisp, clear, studio quality sound in every pair or traditional, wireless or ear bud headphones. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dr. Dre[/lastfm] has also stood by the style of his high end headphones and this time, that’s exactly what’s getting him in trouble.
[photogallerylink id=133407 align=left]His newest line, which he designed with Oscar de la Renta are covered in fox fur, which has animal rights group PETA up in arms and ready to throw down if Dre doesn’t rethink his expensive line of headphones.
The group sent an open letter to the music mogul about the headphones his partner in design, la Renta describes as covered “in luxe silver fox.”
Michelle Cho, a PETA official signed the letter that urged Dre to “keep fur and exotic-animal skins out of your Beats by Dre designs.”
After describing the heinous ways in which animals are treated to get to their fur, they even reference an Eva Mendes hosted video that goes further into the gory details before trying to appeal to his business sense in claiming that other designers are being successful and not hurting animals to do so.
“With so many fashionable, cruelty-free materials available these days, we hope that you will keep animals in mind and choose not to use fur or exotic skins in your collection. You’d be joining designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Bouwer, and Vivienne Westwood, who have banned fur from their designs,” she writes.
Dre has yet to respond. But as a puppy lover, I must say, they make a few valid points.
Also, fur on your headphones? That’s not even necessary, especially for the $695 price tag that they are pushing them off for.
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