ANIMAL rights groups have called for a ban on a new range of provocative padded beachwear for pets.
The 'furkinis' include a skimpy cat thong with fake diamante detailing, a one-piece, lace-trimmed dog swimming costume emblazoned with the word 'Lovehound' and a padded elasticated bra top for snakes.
Animal rights campaigner Nikki Hollis said: "These products are blatantly pandering to the sort of person who wants to have intercourse with underage dogs, whatever that sort of person is called.
"Pets should be allowed to be pets, not furry four-legged prostitutes. It's unbelievably irresponsible to allow your cat out dressed like a slut, especially if you live in certain regions of the Forest of Dean."
Father-of-two Roy Hobbs recently bought a furkini for his Yorkshire terrier bitch, Fiver.
He said: "We got it as a joke but I have to admit she actually looks pretty good in it. It reminds me a bit of how my wife used to look, before she had the kids.
"Now I can't help thinking Fiver would look pretty good in a tennis skirt, or perhaps a Japanese school uniform kind of thing. You're not going to use my name are you?"
But furkini designer, Joanna Kramer, said: 'People talk a lot about animal rights, but don't animals have a right to look hot?
"Plus they'd otherwise be naked. And surely a naked horse is far more sexually provocative than a horse in well-cut, tanga-style trunks?"