Animal rights organisation PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has campaigned over three decades behind the slogan "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way." Their anti-fur propoganda and protests have often been been high-octane and controversial.
PETA's current drive against animal cruelty and the use of fur as a fashion accessory simply encourages people to get rid of such items by donation to them for educational purposes and to help the homeless. They have issued the following statement on their website:
"Fashion-conscious and compassionate people wouldn’t be caught dead in fur these days. But that can present a problem – just how do you get rid of those unwanted furs?
Well, instead of letting that outdated fur rot in storage – fur is dead skin and hair after all – or shoving it into the back of your wardrobe in shame, why not pack it up and send it over to the PETA office? Why? What could PETA possibly want with your old fur?
Your donation of unwanted fur coats, stoles and trim will help us enormously with our educational displays and anti-fur “fashion shows” and provide bedding for needy animals. It may be too late to save the life of the animals who died to make the coat, but by sending it to us, we can put it to good use to help save the lives of countless more animals in the future.
Your unwanted furs may also help people in need! We donate any coats that we don’t cover in fake blood for a demonstration to homeless people who can’t afford to buy their own coats – after all, the homeless are the only people who have any excuse for wearing fur. We’ve even shipped furs to needy women and children in sub-Saharan Africa.
You can see for yourself the horrors of the international fur trade by watching one of the many undercover exposés produced by PETA affiliates. Fur farms are hellholes for millions of individual animals every year. The animals go insane from being confined to tiny wire cages and then suffer a terrifying and painful death as they are either anally electrocuted or have their heads or chests crushed – methods that are commonly used to slaughter animals so that their fur doesn’t get damaged.
In light of all this, the only question that remains is Who would ever want to wear fur again?”
Clear your closet – and your conscience – by sending your unwanted furs to:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation
8 All Saints Street
London N1 9RL