10 Celebs Accused of Animal Abuse

Yes, even the Dog Whisperer made it on the list.
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2010 10:27 AM CDT
10 Celebs Accused of Animal Abuse
In this photograph taken by AP Images for Armani Exchange, Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton ride the merry-go-round at Coachella Valley on April 17, 2010 in Indio, CA.   (Shea Walsh / AP Images for Armani Exchange)

Kim Kardashian is PETA’s latest target, but her crime (holding a kitten by the scruff of the neck) is tame compared to what other celebrities have been accused of. The Frisky rounds up nine more who are in the doghouse with animal rights organizations:

  • Paris Hilton: She has a history of acquiring animal accessories, then forgetting them—one kitten was hit by a car and employees say she abandons animals in closets to die.
  • Banksy: The British artist once painted an elephant pink to bring awareness to world poverty. Since the paint was nontoxic, one animal rights group called the move merely "gimmicky."

  • Gerard Butler: Aside from maybe-dating Jennifer Aniston, he's also accused of punching a dog in the face after it touched noses with his pug. He claims the dog attacked first.
  • Cesar Millan: The Dog Whisperer's techniques cause “unnecessary pain and suffering,” says the RSPCA, which accuses him of using electric shock collars.
  • Jesse James: Other personal foibles aside, the biker is accused of fighting his pit bulls to near-death.
For the complete list, including one celeb whose antics forced him to get a rabies shot, click here. (More animal rights stories.)

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