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Beyoncé upsets animal lovers with sneakers made of ostrich, anaconda and crocodile

'Halo' beauty Beyoncé has shocked animal rights campaigners by wearing a pair of custom made sneakers.

The offending items were requested specifically from PMK designers by the songstress and are made from several different animal skins, including ostrich, crocodile, sting ray, anaconda, and calf hair. They have been named 'The King Bey' and retail at a lofty $5,500 (pictured below).

Of the shoes, the PMK website explains: "Summoned by King Bey and given the task to create a custom design worthy of her approval, PMK takes the Isabel Marant sneaker wedge back to the beginning of time and gives it what they call the Eden treatment. A hybrid of land and sea skins are used to create this handcrafted creation."

Animal rights organisation PETA was quick to respond to the sneakers' unveiling and slammed her for the unethical footwear: "These custom-made kicks come with a high price and it's paid by the various animals who were beaten and skinned alive or cruelly farmed and killed."

"Although most people aren't as familiar with the types of animals (snakes, stingrays, crocodiles, and ostriches) killed for this single pair of sneakers as they are with the cats and dogs we share our homes with, these animals are highly sensitive living beings who try hard to avoid capture and suffer enormously when trapped, netted, speared, and skinned alive."

PETA also targeted Beyoncé earlier this month after she wore an outfit created from python and iguana skins at the 2013 Super Bowl half-time show.





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