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5 November 2000 Issue

Neglecting to Remember Spirit?
Source: PeTA,

Chicago -- To needy families, Oprah's Angel Network may seem more like the grinch who stole Christmas. The network, founded by talk show host Oprah Winfrey, has rejected more than $100,000 worth of brand-new shoes -- 2,200 pairs in all-donated to it by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and online retailer Aesop, Inc., which specializes in leather-free footwear and accessories and sells under the trade name AESOP: The Leather Alternative. Oprah's Angel Network backed out hours before the shoes were set to be shipped over fears that the public would learn that the donation came from PETA.

"We love Oprah. I've been on her show, and she's a kind person," says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. "It was a chance to help animals and people at the same time." Massachusetts-based Aesop and PETA instead donated the boots, sneakers, loafers, and other shoes to the Salvation Army.

PETA and Aesop urge consumers to choose pleather, not leather, because of the extreme suffering animals endure in today's skin trade.

PETA has previously donated tofu "turkeys" to soup kitchens and unwanted fur coats to the homeless. For more information about PETA's Skins Campaign, please visit To learn about Aesop, please visit

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