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Johnny Weir's Fox Fur Shoulder Disappoints Animal Rights Activists

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Johnny Weir skates the free program during the US Figure Skating Championships at Spokane Arena on January 17, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. (Getty Images)more pics » Weir says he is more concerned with human rights than animal rights. Figure skater Johnny Weir is known for pushing the envelope with his wildly eccentric athletic costumes, most of which were designed by Stephanie Handler. But the fur-lined black piece Weir sported at the US Figure Skating Championships on January 17 left many animal rights activists with a particularly bad taste in their mouths.

Friends of Animals, a New York-based animal advocacy organization, posted an open letter to Weir on its site this week, writing, "Friends of Animals urges you, for the sake of humanity, your Olympic ambitions and the hopes of all Americans this winter, to stop wearing the skins of animals. Instead, wow the judges with amazing performances. In the end, nobody cares what a figure skater wears. You will only be judged on your performance and the strength of your character."

Weir, for his part, says he understands the activists' concerns, but does not consider them a priority at this point. He told the AP, "I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it's my choice."

He's just frustrated that the animal rights group contacted his costume designer. "She did what I asked her to. It wasn't her choice to make me a costume with fur," Weir said. "At least directly come to me and yell at me. Don't attack my peeps."

Via The Cut.

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