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PETA Blasts Mischa Barton Over Raw Meat Shoot

Posted Wednesday October 12, 2011 7:48 AM GMT

They’re always fighting with celebrities, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is complaining about Mischa Barton's recent photo shoot with photographer Tyler Shields.

The pictures depict the “O.C.” actress licking and biting hunks of raw meat, and PETA has slammed Barton and Shields for being insensitive to cows.

The organization released a statement that reads, "This raw meat stuff is getting old and may not only hurt and kill cows, it may hurt Mischa, because so much meat is infected with salmonella, E. coli, and campylobacter that licking it is like licking a toilet.”

"In addition to this being completely unoriginal, it's completely callous—flesh from a tortured animal isn't a joke, isn't camp, and isn't cool. Meat is full of blood, is produced with violence, and causes great suffering. So if that's the look they were going for, too bad: They could have taken a leaf out of the playbooks of Pamela Anderson and Alyssa Milano, two PETA pinups who have shown off their natural beauty in outfits made of lettuce leaves for PETA's 'Let Vegetarianism Grow on You' campaign."

Meanwhile, Tyler has fired back at PETA, declaring, "I am not for the suffering of animals. But I didn't kill that cow. I eat meat and I've always eaten meat and that's part of my life. But when they attack me as an artist and try and degrade Mischa, that's unacceptable."

As for what he did with the 65 pounds of meat he bought for the shoot, Shields shared, “I had a bunch of people over. We had a nice barbecue."

Photo Credit: Tyler Shields