MANILA, Philippines - Animal rights activists held a rally at the concert site of music icon Janet Jackson to protest the performer's endorsement of fur coats.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists staged their protest in front of the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City where Jackson held her one-night-only concert on Friday.
The activists wore grim reaper costumes and carried placards with the slogans, "Janet: Animals suffer and die on fur farms," "Janet: Fur is Dead," and "Fur Shame."
According to PETA activist Jana Sevilla, they want to send Jackson their message about the impact of the killings of animals around the world.
They said the demand for fur coats has contributed to the loss of biodiversity, including endangered species.
Representatives of Jackson met with the PETA activists but declined to be interviewed by media.
Manila is the first stop of Jackson's "Number Ones: Up Close and Personal" tour, which will take her to 34 other cities across Asia, Europe, and North America.
The sister of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson is known for the hits songs "Let's Wait Awhile," "Together Again," "That's The Way Love Goes," and "Escapade."
"I love all of Asia. The last time I was in the Philippines was for the JANET Tour and I felt a true connection to the people of your magnificent country. I am looking forward to signing from my heart and showing love to my fans in Manila on Feb 4. Can’t wait to see all of you!" she told The Philippine Star's Ricky Lo in an exclusive email interview with the pop star.
"I am really looking forward to this tour. The last time I was in Manila, I played the Folk Arts Theater. This time we will be at the Philippine International Convention Center. It’s going to be fun because I will be up close with the fans. This is about my fans that have supported me and my work for all these years," she said in the interview.
According to her official website www.janetjackson.com, she plans to dedicate one song for each of the 35 cities she will visit during the tour, and she chose "Go Deep" for her Philippine fans.
Tickets for the event were reportedly sold out just about a month after the date of her concert was announced. With reports from Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News, ANC, and The Philippine Star