Thursday, 11 September 2008

*Animal rights group protests over Pope's fur

The Association for the Defence of Animals and the Environment, one of Italy's leading animal rights groups, has launched an internet petition, asking Pope Benedict XVI to stop wearing fur during religious ceremonies at the Vatican.

Since his election Pope Benedict has taken to wearing a number of traditional religious garments, including a small red velvet cape with a white ermine border, which he wears in winter.

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