LOS ANGELES – Shane & Sia Barbi have come a long way since making millions of men drool over their Playboy pics. The identical twins have hung up their bunny ears and opted for a career as full-time animal activists and are right now busy working with Pawproject.org in an effort to stop the painful de-clawing of cats across the United States and stop a new legislation from coming into play.
In January 2010, a new law entitled the “Healing Arts Bill” is due to come into effect in California which will allow veterinarians to prohibit any interference in regards to the surgical practice of de-clawing, which is an operation to surgically remove the claws and part of the toes of a household cat.
“The Veterinarians Association was very tricky with the 'Healing Arts Bill.' It was a very tricky and very crafty way of saying ‘don’t interfere with our cruel practices.’ It's huge money for them and it’s illegal in a lot of other countries. We are trying to reach out to mainstream America to inform them of what is really going on,” Shane told Tarts, adding that people need to call their local and state representatives to push for legislature to prevent the bill from coming into effect and stop it from happening in other states too.
A rep for the American Veterinary Association did not respond for comment.
But the Barbi twins and Shane’s hubby, actor Ken Wahl, also have a pretty powerful bone to pick with the President and the fact he did not picked a pound puppy over the Kennedy’s “gift” of a Portuguese water dog.
“Obama didn’t even have to say a word; all he had to do was get an animal out of the pound. It would have been no effort on his part but it would have spoken volumes. He should have led by example which is what a good president is supposed to do. Everyone was disappointed, he could have used discretion and taken the Kennedy puppy privately and taken the pound puppy publicly.”
And the action has apparently caused many animal lovers to totally re-evaluate their political stance.
“He's got such a big following, he doesn’t realize how big the animal community is so you can image how disappointed everyone is. I know so many Democrats that have gone republican just from that one move and he didn’t keep to his word. My good friend Jana Kohl (Sen. Herb Kohl's niece) very much campaigned for Obama and brought the whole animal community behind him. She got a photo with him and her pound puppy, so she was very disappointed when he didn’t get one,” Shane continued. “The Democrats have been very discouraging toward a lot of animal issues, I’m starting to open up the eyes of a lot of people, and it’s a money issue. I’ve seen a lot of Democrats let down the animal side because there is a big business and a lot of money to be made on the liberal side of animal extortion.”
And even though these blonde beauties rose to fame as one of Playboy’s best-selling covers back in the day, they have no plans to flash the flesh again even to raise awareness toward women’s rights.
“Those days are way gone! Even though sex sells and I get that and I’ve been a part of that whole campaign, I now think a little differently,” Shane added. “I think we should think twice about exposing women, even though women have choices, as we give the message not to exploit animals. It is like saying drink beer instead of milk; you can’t solve a problem with a problem. You have to set the example.”