According to USA Today, an Italian animal-rights group has asked Pope Benedict to stop wearing fur-trimmed hats and robes. It is reported that the Italian Association for Defence of Animals and the Environment has collected about 1,900 signatures in an online petition. Benedict has been seen wearing a red velvet cape with a white ermine border and matching hat. Ermine is the white winter fur of a small weasel that looks like this:
Awww... that li'l weasel is cute! I definitely have to agree with the animal-rights group.
But even if the pope went for faux fur, this is STILL really, really not a good look for him: