Animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called out this year’s Met Gala attendees for wearing feathers.
The Met Gala, also known as Costume Institute Gala and the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York.
“Camp: Notes on Fashion,” this year’s theme, requires the attendees to wear extravagant and exaggerated fashion.
To show exaggerated fashion, some attendees — such as Cardi B, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Naomi Campbell — wore extravagant gowns with a huge amount of feathers.
“With all those privileged folks in attendance, you’d think the Met Gala could afford a little compassion for one night,” PETA said in a statement.
“This year’s event kept up with its usual extravagant fashions and runway shenanigans — but to [our] disappointment, it featured a LOT of feathers. (We’re looking at you, Jenners.)”
“The fashion world now knows how cruel it is to wear dead animals’ fur, but as far as we can tell — with everyone trying to look like Big Bird at the gala — it’s still ignorant about where feathers for those gaudy outfits come from.”
“Those feathers once belonged to living, feeling animals and were ripped out of their bodies, which were left bloody, broken, and destroyed.”
In September 2015, PETA’s undercover investigation in feather suppliers of Hermès and Prada revealed workers forcibly restraining young ostriches, electrically stunning them, and cutting their throats.
The feathers — torn from the ostriches’ still-warm bodies before being skinned and dismembered — are used in clothing, accessories, and household products.
“Our investigators saw the juvenile birds tightly packed into open-topped vehicles for the terrifying journey to slaughter,” said PETA.
“Once they reach the slaughterhouse, workers forcibly restrain each bird, electrically stun them, and then cut their throats. Moments later, the feathers are torn off the birds’ still-warm bodies, and they are skinned and dismembered.”
Although many stars in the Met Gala wore feathers, some celebrities chose to wear cruelty-free clothing.
Some stars who proudly wore feather-free outfit include vegan couple Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth as well as actor Billy Porter, who was clad in a golden outfit with a pair of stunning beaded gold wings.
PETA encourages the public to go feather-free as there are already many high-tech vegan materials that could replace feathers.