PETA Asks Aretha Franklin's Niece for Queen of Soul's Extensive Fur Collection

Aretha Franklin's niece was asked by PETA, an animal rights organization, to donate her aunt's fur collection in an open letter.

Executive Vice President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization Tracy Reiman wrote a letter to Aretha Franklin's niece Sabrina Garrett Owens asking for the Queen of Soul's fur collection to be donated.

Reiman wants the furs to go to refugees, the homeless, and organizations that turn fur into bedding for orphaned wildlife. Owens had not publicly responded to the letter by Saturday afternoon, which said: "Designers, brands, and stores are dropping fur as quickly as consumers are ditching it. As faux fur and other cruelty-free, vegan materials take over, real animal fur can be put to good use, and this generous donation would secure Aretha forever as an "Angel" for animals."

If Owens chooses to donate the collection, the singer's collection will join furs donated by celebrities like Mariah Carey, Mary Tyler Moore, and Sharon Osbourne. PETA said homeless shelters in the U.S. (including locations in Detroit) would be among those to receive the coats as a donation. Other coats would go to displaced refugees in Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Syria.

"By donating Aretha Franklin's fur coats to PETA, her family could expand her legacy of social justice to animals," says PETA Executive President Tracy Reiman in a statement, "While we can't bring back the animals who suffered and died for them, these coats can help others by providing some much-needed warmth to orphaned animals and humans in desperate need."

The singer died at 76 on August 16 and won 18 Grammy awards over the course of her career.

Months before her death, Franklin canceled multiple performances. They included a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in March. "Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months," Franklin's management said in a statement to Rolling Stone, "She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to."

PETA could not be reached for further information.

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Aretha Franklin poses on the red carpet wearing fur before the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in 2015. PETA reached out to the family members of the deceased celebrity in an open letter, asking them to donate Aretha Franklin's furs. MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images