A Message to Moscow: Throw Fur Out!

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A new year offers new opportunities to take our campaign against fur to the country that buys more of it than any other in the world: Russia.

PETA’s hard-hitting billboards have gone up across Moscow, each one graphically illustrating how many animals are killed just to make one fur coat. The writing on the ad roughly translates as “Try telling this beautiful animal he is just a piece of a fur coat.”

Moscow Mink PETA Moscow mink billboard with Olga Shelest

Well-known model and TV presenter Olga Shelest (who is also vegan) is the face of the campaign. “My philosophy is to live my life without leaving a blood imprint on this planet”, Olga explained. “I will never wear fur, because it’s made from someone, not something.” We agree 100 per cent!

Animals on fur farms endure lives filled with pain and fear before they are killed in horrific ways – and many of them are skinned alive. In China, now the world’s biggest exporter of fur, more than 2 million cats and dogs are killed every year for their skin. PETA US has created a Russian-language website showing the intense cruelty of the fur industry.

This week, lovely PETA “bunnies” also paid a visit to the city of Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in order to highlight the suffering of animals who are slaughtered for their skins. One step at a time, we’re determined that Russia’s 145 million citizens will understand the appalling cruelty that lies behind garments made from animal skins – and ditch them for good!

Comments

  • Nicola Wase commented on February 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Please stop wearing fur!

  • Marianne commented on February 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Only UGLY people wear animal fur!

  • Lesley Robinson commented on February 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    There is no reason on earth for humans to wear the skins of cruelly treated, cruelly killed animals of any species. Animals are not ours to control or kill or starve or rip off the skin of any creature unfortunate enough to share this planet with us. Animals most certainly do not belong at the winter Olympics. Despicable!

  • Lynda Bennett commented on February 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    You know what horrifying suffering wearing fur entails. What sort of person does that make you?

  • Anne Kathleen Nielsen commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Please stop wearing and promoting fur! The production of fur is unbelievable cruel and horrendous and there are plenty of animal friendly alternatives to be had!
    Fur belongs to the animal that was wearing it first.

  • Dr Emy wilhelm commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I am an anti-fur activist working towards getting fur banned in South Africa.

    Yet I am also a feminist who does not believe in the exploitation of women. While I understand the “bunnies” and the “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” PeTA campaigns attract the attention of some people – albeit those interested in good bodies- I find these ads offensive to women.
    PeTA does have models who do a different type of advert like Penelope Cruz in “give fur the cold shoulder” and Charlize Theron in ” if you wouldn’t wear your dog, don’t wear fur.

    I would be interested to know what others think?

    • Mikki commented on February 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Agreed!

  • eve martin commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Disgusting to be wearing fur knowing how these poor animals are treated
    Just not acceptable in this day and age!!!!!

  • Paul Running commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    PLEASE STOP KILLING ANIMALS JUST TO MAKE CLOTHING

  • Sylvie Auger commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    It’s very disgusting to be wearing fur knowing how these poor animals are treated
    Just not acceptable in 2014 !!!!! Think about that before you’ll buy new coat or new clothes with fur.

  • Kay Mawson commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Wearing fur should have died its death in the dark ages. Obviously it hasn’t, so what does this say about Russia and any people who wear it?

  • Micaela commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    la belelza no radica en la peil de otro…ser más amorosos con todos los seres vivos nos hace más bellos sin lugar a dudas

  • Steve commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    People are so detached from where the fur has come from, that even if they *do* realize that its from a living being, it wont make a difference.

    To open their eyes, you would need to show them footage or take them to one of these fur farms so that they could see the torture that the animals are subjected to. Until then, they wont be able to relate or understand at any sympathetic level..

    Those that wear it are living in their own bubble. Until they truly understand, they will keep wearing it. You cant really hate on them as they are just ill-educated..

  • woody commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    stop wearing fur, animals need it more than you!

  • BROWN-JONES commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    BARBARIC & CRUEL!

  • Tina commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I live in Moscow.Here the fur is the symbol of luxury life..It’s absolutely disgusting. Whe I go for shopping and ask the sell faux leather shoes he thinks that I am a poor and dont have money..I feel so confused because of my country

  • Jacqui commented on February 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    The wearing of animal skin came from the medieval times and we are now living in a modern world so leave the pre historic tradition of skinning animals and then wear the skin WHERE IT BELONGS !!IN THE PAST. its a vile barbaric tradition and should be exposed and dealt with. There is just NO excuse that justifies this there are hundreds alternative materials on the market to substitute fur in clothing…The eyes of the world watching you…..STEP UP !!!

  • Paula Warwicker commented on February 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Fur only belongs on the animal – some humans deserve to be skinned instead.

  • Teresa commented on February 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I don’t know how anyone could wear fur, or feel good about themselves when wearing it. It is not acceptable, but sadly too many people don’t want to know, or don’t care.

  • Stephane commented on February 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Russia,

    It’s now time for Russia to fight against this awful activity. The future can not consider the really good actions that you are taking to take this world out of the darkness, without considering the cruelty of the fur industry.
    As you consider the right of nations, of people, as well, you have to consider animals like others nations ; nations wich are a plenty part of this humanity, animals whom can suffer, like citizen are suffering everywhere in the world.
    Mr Putin, all russians citizens, your mission to bring back this dark world on the other way would not be accomplish if all of you do not consider the animals suffering.
    USA governement is, today, the biggest psychopathic killer of the world – humans and animals include – that’s sure, but this fact can not be an example for Mother Russia. It’s a part of your duty too, to consider animals as nations, whom can got pain and suffering. Please, in the name of life, take a stand against cruelty, open your heart, open the way to the future for others ; be an example for all the world and ban fur industry in this 21st century.
    With all my love to Mother Russia,
    S.

  • malka commented on February 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    stop killing animals for their fur, we no longer need to do this in cold countries.

  • jean psaila commented on February 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Just in case these people don’t know it we are living in “2014”…..all the horrific practices that took place years ago should be left where they belong…in the past.!!! The suffering which animals have to endure is unbelievable….there are so many alternatives which can be used so why, oh why does it still go on!There is so much cruelty regarding animals in this world and it has to stop……..sometimes I find it hard to sleep at night thinking about the abusive methods being used just to line the pockets of these greedy, vile, so called human beings. God forgive them for what suffering they are causing because I know one thing for sure I cant!!!

  • Abbas Moghadam commented on February 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Perhaps in stone age wearing fur was natural…but today in 21st century ….no one needs fur , unless those who are pcychologically patient !

  • Gerson D da Silva commented on February 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    …when are human beings going to learn that violence generates violence? We are still doing victms and being victims of ourselves.

  • Olga commented on February 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Awful…. So cruel. I was lived in Siberia some years ago and i know people could survive without wearing fur coats and fur hats. PLEASE STOP THE CRUELTY TO INNOCENT ANIMALS!!!!!

  • jemnnifer dow commented on February 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    We no longer need fur to keep us warm. Our modern fabrics ensure warmth without cruelty. Fake fur is so real who needs the real thing. Open your eyes and hearts to the un neccesary slaughter of creatures that share our world. Enjoy the living animal, reject the wanton slaughter for our vanity.

  • Carole Fraser commented on February 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    ONL cruel evil people wear fur like the Morons who KILL THEM.

  • Roxanne Field commented on February 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    The fur trade is a sick, repulsive, disgusting, twisted, barbaric, vile, perverted iindustry!
    To torture innocent, defenseless animals – they will get their pay back.

  • Louise Christiansen commented on February 7, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    How can you sleep at night knowing how many lives you have on Your counscience ???
    Start using Your head and THINK hard if this make any sense at all. Are the animal on Earth good for nothing alive to you , do you want a world without animals ??? If you are not a bit ashamed ,sorry or disgussed by all the voilent to animals you are NOT NORMAL and deserve to roth in jail !!!!

  • Alessandra Ferrari commented on February 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Disgusting and revolting like those who wear it! If all people with a shred of conscience would start ignoring, isolating and refusing to deal with those who wear fur as well as those practicing animal experiments for whatever reason or even think that animal are their food, as I refuse to deal with them in my healing practice, then things woyld start changing!

  • Caroline Filby commented on February 7, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I am currently living in Cyprus and there are loads of ”fur” shops here. The shops are owned by and are here for the Russian people that live or visit here.
    It makes me sick and feel that maybe these people along with other people who think it’s great wearing Dead Animal Skins that they need to be educated??.
    What is wrong with these people?. Every time I drive pass a fur shop I want to write MURDER in red ink all over the shop windows.
    Russia stop killing and wearing and then a demand for more killing and wearing of Animals will stop.
    PLEASE JUST STOP WEARING DEAD ANIMALS – Enjoy them alive.

  • Michael P commented on February 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Moscow, your world standing is diminished until you cease your cruelty to living creatures.

  • Lynne McLaughlan commented on February 8, 2014 at 12:20 am

    It is cruel, barbaric, inhuman, inhumane, abhorant, and is only a status symbol for the wealthy, it`s about time those that murdered these poor defenceless beautiful animal`s, and those that wear the stolen fur woke up and smelt the rose`s and grew a heart, you are heinous revolting people, and the fur look`s so much more beautiful on the animal.

  • tye block commented on February 8, 2014 at 12:28 am

    FUR IS FOR LOSERS!!

  • Chris Stone commented on February 8, 2014 at 12:34 am

    It’s really disgusting to wear animal fur. REAL ppl wear faux fur !!!

  • stephane commented on February 8, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Fur industry is so cruel and disgusting !!

  • maria rosaria commented on February 8, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Togliere la vita agli animali per indossare pellice è crudele e disgustoso . Dovremmo capire che razza crudele di bestie umane siamo.

  • LINDA CRAIG commented on February 8, 2014 at 1:01 am

    KEEP THE FUR ON THE AMIMAL NOT ON YOUR BODY. IF YOU WANT FUR WEAR FAUX

  • Adriana Barros commented on February 8, 2014 at 2:03 am

    How many humans would be necessary to make a human skin coat???

    That should be the alternative to fur and leather!!!!!

  • Lizl Rigg commented on February 8, 2014 at 4:37 am

    You should be happy in your own skin. Not that of another!

  • Heidi Stephenson commented on February 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

    To brutally take the skin of another being, resulting in the agonizing premature death of that being – is inexcusable and unforgivable.

    Would we want to have our skin ripped from our flesh? No. We would not.

    Do as you would be done by. This selfishness and terrible cruelty, this complete indifference to the suffering and rights of our fellow sentient beings, does nothing but profoundly shame those who wear, promote and endorse fur.

    One day, there will be another kind of justice. We will all be held accountable for our actions.

  • Bodil Ribel commented on February 8, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I never wore fur and I´m 72 yrs old … and never will.

  • Dave Rigby commented on February 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Fur always looks better on the back of an animal rather than draped around the shoulders of some pretentious idiot.

  • ElaineDowling commented on February 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

    No one should ever wear fur, or buy any product which contains fur.
    Animals suffer a terrible existence and a cruel and painful death and there is no justification EVER for allowing this to happen.

    People need to watch the vile footage from the fur farms to see exactly how the animals are kept and killed – they would then realise that they should not wear the skin of another living animal.

    There is no reason to be ignorant of the facts in 2014.

  • Keith Baillie commented on February 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Stupid ignorant cruel people wear fur.

  • Linda Wiltshire commented on February 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    We don’t need fur. There is enough warm man made material to choose from.

  • BEV commented on February 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    STOP USEING FUR ARE YOU ALL SICK S.O.B I WIL NOT BUY FUR FROM YOU OR ANY OTHER PLACE LEAVE THE ANIMALS KEEP THERE FUR

  • jan pedley commented on February 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Please please love the skin your in and dont wear another animals skin. The cruel and horrific way an animal suffers in order to give up its skin and its life for you in unacceptable. PLEASE dont buy fur!

  • K.S commented on February 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    bandwagon much? lots of hypocrisy in the comments section, your reasoning can be used for a plethora of things in our daily lives that you are happy to do, such as eating the many types of meat

  • 4mula1 commented on February 8, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    some people are to animals as nazi’s were to humans. also visit, youtube.com/ms4mula1

  • Susan Spink commented on February 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

    The beautiful skins of animals make humans ugly inside and out.

    STOP NOW!

  • Leonora Matthews commented on February 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

    No such thing as dumb animals only DUMB PEOPLE who wear FUR

  • Leila commented on February 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

    The world is watching. By wearing and condoning fur you are damning yourselves as a nation and as an intelligent species who should know better. This is nothing short of PURE EVIL and barbaric and is unacceptable in this 21st Century. You will be greatly respected for turning this around; it’s not too late.

  • Colleen Downes commented on February 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Wearing fur is SOOOO medieval, there are better alternatives. Your country already suffers from appearing backward this makes it more so. You have had beautiful music and dance as well as one of the greatest playwrights Anton Chekhov so how can you lack so much compassion and unthinking cruelty?
    PLEASE STOP MURDERING OTHER ANIMALS FOR THEIR SKINS. STOP WEARING FUR.

  • diane brierley commented on February 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    There is no reason on earth for humans to wear the skins of cruelly treated, cruelly killed animals of ANY species. Animals are NOT ours to control or kill, starve or rip off the skin off any creature unfortunate enough to share this planet with us.
    Animals most certainly do NOT belong at the winter Olympics. Despicable!

    Putin is a Cave Man with about as much compassion as you could fit on a pin head… whilst he rules everything there will never be change in Russia. They live in the Dark Ages still !

    • terri valko commented on February 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Russia is not the problem, China is. They are they ones telling country’s they are selling them faux fur not real fur, so countries like France an Italy put on faux fur label. Go afer them more, please

    • Надежда commented on February 18, 2014 at 5:43 am

      К сожалению даже народ России ничего не может сделать с Путиным….Жизнь в моей стране без его шайки была бы на много лучше.

  • Leonie commented on February 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Shame on you Russia!!! no need to be wearing fur!!! lots of other warm products to wear in you countrys climate!!!

    • Надежда commented on February 18, 2014 at 5:41 am

      Я живу в России с рождения, и я строгая вегетарианка, не ношу мех, не пользуюсь косметикой животного происхождения, я всегда выступаю против этого. И я знаю, что в моей стране еще очень много таких как я! Но много и не знающих людей, как и в любой другой стране! Не стоит судить предвзято!

  • Renée M. commented on February 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    i could cry every time I even think about it….
    The fact so many beautiful creatures are barbarically, heartlessly slaughtered just so someone can wear a coat!?!! wearing these coats or anything that has fur or animal hide doesn’t make anyone look at all beautiful, instead it just shows how heartless & careless your heart really is!! it is inhumane to say the least. All this murder needs to STOP now!! Please no one buy or sell any fur & do whatever’s possible to put an end to this horror

  • Jean Bill commented on February 9, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Wearing fur is for animals not humans!

  • pamela coulson commented on February 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Fur belongs to the animals,not ugly people that wear it.NO TO THE FUR TRADE….?

  • Sherry Hodskins commented on February 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    How would you like to be skinned?

  • Mariette Nel commented on February 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Barbaric and cruel is putting it mildy. People wearing animal skin clothing are ruthless.

  • Soraya Aslam commented on February 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Hope it works, I really do.

  • caron commented on February 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Shame on anyone who wears fur, even faux fur! Who would want to wear such beautiful animals as coats and hats. Animals need to have some RIGHTS these days!!!! Don’t buy it and let others know who are thinking of buying it what these animals suffer for their fashion!

  • Margaret Heiberg commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:23 am

    there are other clothes to wear in order to keep warm. ancient civilisations adopted fur, as they had nothing else to keep warm We have evolved since then, advanced, & become more civilised since then…or have we, if we continue?

  • Margaret Heiberg commented on February 10, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Older civilisations butchered & hunted for fur, as they had no alternatives, but we do in order to stay warm.
    Tolstoy himself understood that animals feel pain, care for their young & have certain ways of living, why wear a trophy skin that’s brutaly aquired.
    If we were not the top of the food chain, we would be in their positions, just rife to be caged & skinned horribly. Skinned as a trophy for another to parade in Are we any more civilisednow?

  • Dyan Merick commented on February 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Question: Is the “fur” trim on the athletes uniforms, worn at opening ceremony, real? OMG, I hope NOT!

  • Pia Hachem commented on February 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    There are so many humane alternatives to fur available now. There is no real excuse for continuing this barbaric suffering of innocent animals for fashion or warmth, except peoples continue ignorance of the reality of animal suffering and exploitation, and the profit they can make from it.

  • K.S commented on February 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    censoring posts is nice, you’ll only allow posts from people that share your hypocritical views

  • kay commented on February 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    HOW ANY PERSON WITH A HEART CAN INFLICT PAIN AND TORTURE ON A POOR DEFENSELESS ANIMAL WILL ALWAYS BE VERY DIFFICULT TO CONTEMPLATE AND THE PEOPLE THAT BUY IT NEED TO HAVE THE SAME TORTURE PLACED UPON THEMSELVES. GO FAUX

  • Uliana commented on February 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I am one of the Russians never wearing fur of eating meat. Russia is changing… The thing is, most of the people just dont know about the atrocities of the fur business. Go on showing them how it looks in reality, the Russians will stop wearing fur soon, I am sure, for they are compassionate and feeling and animal-loving . Regards, Uliana

  • Faith Ullrich commented on February 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    People need to be educated as to where the fur has come from and how it becomes a coat, scarf or pair of gloves, in store they should place grafic pictures of the pain and suffering that the animals have to go through and then maybe no-one would touch the items again! Blind purchasing!!

  • Steven commented on February 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    The world is watching. By wearing and condoning fur you are damning yourselves as a nation and as an intelligent species who should know better. This is nothing short of PURE EVIL and barbaric and is unacceptable in this 21st Century. You will be greatly respected for turning this around; it’s not too late.

  • Barb Edwards commented on February 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Anyone wearing fur coats or fur trims look so very UGLY both inside and outside. How can they not realise what 90% of people in the world think about them. Disgusting and shameful

  • susana commented on February 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    It is embarrasing to torture an animal just for fashion

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