PETA: "Anna was a friend to animals"

2/8/2007 8:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anna Nicole posed as Marilyn Monroe in PETA's "Gentlemen Prefer Fur-Free Blondes" campaign. The animal rights organization issued this statement:
Anna Nicole Smith's Peta AD
"She was a great friend to animals and used every opportunity to speak out against senseless cruelty. We always thought Anna Nicole was a perfect fit for PETA because, just like us, she not only hated cruelty to animals and loved her dogs but also couldn't be ignored, and no matter what people thought of her, they always had an opinion, one way or another. ... It is a tragedy when anyone passes away before their time, but with Anna Nicole, animals have lost a true hero and PETA has lost a good friend. We will miss her." Anna Nicole Smith Peta AD