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PETA joins the Halloween fun with 'Cecil's Revenge' dentist-mocking costume

PETA joins the Halloween fun with 'Cecil's Revenge' dentist-mocking costume
PETA has announced it is taking pre-orders for a 'Cecil's Revenge' Halloween costume ($139.99 - toothbrush not included) with all profits going to support its work on behalf of animals. (PETA)

The pop culture Halloween costume meme seems to be moving at light speed, with the news Tuesday about a sexy Cecil the Lion costume being followed by today's news of not one but two costumes that ape trophy-hunting Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who has admitted to killing the Zimbabwean lion earlier this summer.

The more humorous of those costumes, called "Cecil's Revenge," is being offered for pre-order by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as of Thursday morning. It consists of a white, dentist-appropriate jacket complete with a name tag that reads "Dr. Palmer," bloody claw marks across the front and a plush lion affixed to the back, with one lion paw grasping a shoulder, the other around the waist.

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The costume description at the www.petacatalog.com e-commerce site includes the following note: "It can easily be accessorized with a toothbrush or a fake drill or crossbow."  Priced at $139.99, the organization says "all profits from merchandise sales will go directly to support PETA's life-saving work for animals." (A PETA spokesperson said that five pre-orders had been placed as of this writing.)

Another version of the costume, being offered through www.costumeish.com, is bit less tongue-in-cheek and good deal more in your face. How so? It's not the blood-spattered white smock (see above) or a description that notes: "[d]ue to popular demand the price of the costume has been raised to $99.99," that leaves a sour taste in our mouth. No, the straw that breaks the camel's back here (don't worry PETA, our camel is safe and sound – it's only a metaphor) is the inclusion of a severed lion's head mask brandished like a Frisbee in the right hand of the costume-clad model who gives a bloody-gloved thumbs up with his left hand. (Also, while the website description notes "15% of all proceeds will go to a Wildlife Foundation," it doesn't identify a specific organization.)

Honestly, we can't wait to see what else is in store between now and All Hallow's Eve.

For the latest in questionable costumes -- and more -- follow me @ARTschorn

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