Donated Fur Coats to Help Freezing Refugees in Syria and Calais

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With cold winter weather on its way, we dispatched a huge pile of fur coats to refugees in Syria and Calais, France, to help those in desperate need keep warm. Along with the coats, leather boots and shoes were also sent.

The fur and leather products came from compassionate people who have chosen to drop the cruelly produced items from their wardrobes. While we can’t bring back the minks, rabbits, cows, dogs and other animals who were slaughtered and had their skin torn from their bodies, we can help refugees who are struggling to survive.

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Refugees facing harsh winter conditions with no shelter often suffer from hypothermia or pneumonia, and faced with this desperate situation, they are perhaps the only people with any excuse to wear fur this winter.

Animals on fur farms are confined to cramped, filthy cages before they’re drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted and even skinned alive in order to produce fur coats, collars and cuffs. And before being turned into leather for shoes and boots, many animals endure all the horrors of factory farming – including intensive confinement inside filthy cages or pens, castration without pain relief, chronic infections and disease caused by extreme crowding, and a terrifying trip to the abattoir.

If you have any fur coats or quality used leather boots that you would no longer be caught dead in, donate them to us, and we’ll make sure that the animals who suffered for them did not die in vain.


  • Di Pugh commented on December 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I’m sorry, but this isn’t right. It’s one thing donating old fur coats to animal shelters for the animals to use,; this is something else. I’m keen to help those in need, but not by compromising my principles. “I’d rather go naked than wear fur’ – ring a bell? Well, it’s true, no matter how desperate I wa, I’d never wear fur; give me bubble wrap. How can be so hypocritical? I’m truely shocked!

    • Dan commented on December 15, 2015 at 11:15 am

      We would rather go naked, but we personally aren’t facing harsh winter conditions with no shelter and risk of hypothermia.

      We can’t bring the animals back, but we can help people faced with this desperate situation.

      • Karen Gunn commented on December 15, 2015 at 5:22 pm

        Send blankets and coats made of other materials. This is disgusting and I can’t believe Peta is allowing this.

      • Elizabeth commented on December 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

        PETA you should incinerate any FUR coats donated and replace with alternative clothing

  • MADmad commented on December 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    What a bunch of hypocrites you guys are. I hope you realise that you have just lost your credibility! There are thousands of synthetic jackets, which can keep you warm during cold winter days! There is no reason for you to lend fur coats to other people. If it’s ok for them to wear fur, then why isn’t it for anybody else? Why isn’t it ok for a Siberian woman to wear this type of clothing that came from skinning an animal alive? You couldn’t have found anything else that did not come from a dead animal? How are you making a better world, if you are encouraging people to wear fur and leather? And by the logic from your article, why wouldn’t I still keep eating meat? The pig and the cow won’t come back, but hey…at least they kept me away from starving. Nice one, Peta! You’re a joke!

    • Dan commented on December 15, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Please don’t start eating meat, Matt.

      By distributing these coats to desperate people, we aren’t promoting fur, creating demand for new fur or making it look aspirational.

      We can’t bring the animals back, but we can help people in a dire situation. For the rest of us, there are superior and stylish synthetic coats.

      • MADmad commented on December 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

        I am sorry, but you are promoting fur! You could have given them synthetic sweaters/coats or anything else.

        You know what? I’m gonna go to an antique store and buy an ivory ring from the 18th century and some deer horns from the 1820s. These animals weren’t even slaughtered this century, so why shouldn’t I buy them and decorate my living room with them? At least they did not die for nothing….they make my wall look fancier.

        This is your logic, Peta! There is no excuse for what you did, taking into account that there are so many other clothes with 0% cruelty in them!

      • Dan commented on December 16, 2015 at 11:06 am

        Chelsea shoppers are not looking at Syrian refugees for fashion inspiration, Matt.

      • Elizabeth commented on December 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

        Our donations are going to fund the transport of FURS to the Syrians I want my donations to support the animals!

      • Dan commented on December 16, 2015 at 11:04 am

        Hi Elizabeth, the coats were given to three charities in London who are transporting them to refugee camps. You donations are going towards our work for animals.

  • Karen Gunn commented on December 14, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I am appalled at this. Donate nice winter coats. Fur is for animals only. I can’t believe Peta is supporting people wearing fur. I am sickened by this.

    • Dan commented on December 15, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Hi Karen,

      The staff in our London office did organise a collection of new items, but we also sent the fur coats because while we can’t bring the animals back, we can help people in a desperate situation.

      Perhaps the desperately needy victims of war are the only people left who have an excuse for wearing whatever they can – people who can buy their own coat can get a chic, warm, synthetic one that didn’t cause harm to a single animal.

      • Anja commented on December 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm

        You’re just giving them another to keep killing animals. Great idea!

      • Karen Gunn commented on December 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

        You are wrong. I am not sure who thought of this idiotic idea. I am ashamed to be a Peta member at this point.

  • Jenny commented on December 15, 2015 at 3:41 am

    WTF??!! Are you serious? So now it´s ok to use fur coats? You are just a big scam – now you have deffinately lost my support. If i cared about human lives – there are thousands of organizations for that. YOU are supposed to be for animals. Shame on you! Disgusting!

    • Dan commented on December 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Jenny, it is not okay to wear fur. We encourage people to ditch it, and they send coats to us knowing that we put them to use in demonstrations, as bedding for animals, and to help people in absolutely dire situations. After all, those in desperate situations are the only people who have any excuse for wearing fur.

      • Elizabeth commented on December 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

        This just does not make any sense. After all an animal was not SAVED it was KILLED in the process of making FUR coats. This just beggars belief. I am so very disappointed in PETA. We have supported your charity for many years too. Please Please STOP

  • Nerissa Dowling commented on December 15, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Super fantastic idea to upcycle that unnecessary cruelty.
    Great work, Peta!

    • Patricia Fraser commented on December 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      We have no problem with aboriginal peoples killing, eating and wearing animals for survival. This is the same thing. The name of the game is SURVIVAL and these unfortunate people can be helped this way.There is no correlation between this act of kindness and PETA’s philosophy towards animal welfare. The death of these animals will not have been in vain if these coats can save lives.

      • Sigh commented on December 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

        In PETA’s dream world, not even aboriginal people would kill, eat or wear animals for ANY reason!

  • dee commented on December 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Many years ago I was in Trafalgar Square London with a fantastic group of people protesting outside Canada House. we had piles of fur coats from people who wished to dispose of them. they were all burned. as these should be ! its like saying let people have ivory figures because they cant buy them anymore. sorry PETA. you are wrong.

  • Tara commented on December 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I can appreciate this. Those poor animals that died so wealthy people can wear them as a luxury is just selfish and unnecessary. However, by turning our acts of greed into a demonstration of compassion and caring. People that are fighting this have clearly never been a refuge and don’t know the desperation that comes along with it.

  • Nerissa Dowling commented on December 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Geez you are getting a lot of heat for this. People can be so closed minded. Saying one won’t wear fur.. would mean NEW fur but if there are a whole bunch of second hand coats
    around why not use them for this TERRIBLE displacement humans are facing… get a grip people and stop giving Peta shit.. they do so much good.

  • Elena commented on December 16, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Great idea PETA! Keep up the good work!

    • Katje commented on December 17, 2015 at 10:51 am

      It’s not good to use fur and no excuses in any way! Peta showing now that they are hypocriet. They must be there for the animals who don’t have a voice, understand?!

  • Elizabeth commented on December 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Why can’t you seek alternative clothing to provide for the Syrians and let the other charities concentrate on providing for the Syrians. PETA is for the compassion of animals and by providing FUR is not practicing what you are about!

  • Kevin potter commented on December 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I have just set up a monthly donation to PETA for the welfare of animals. PETA is for animal welfare not to help so called refugees. Giving the fur is morally wrong and for me it makes it political when it comes to the jungle in Calais. Stick to the welfare of animals. I shall be looking at putting my donation somewhere else. This has disgusted me. There are plenty of liberals already helping at the jungle. Shame on you PETA you have just lost many supporters.

    • Ruby commented on January 4, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Sorry that you feel that way Kevin. Any donations to PETA go toward funding our important work for animals. The fur coats we donated were given to a charity in London who then covered the transport costs to Calais, so your donation would not have gone towards this project. Thank you for your support and we hope you will continue to support our work.

  • jemma commented on December 17, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Agree with the comments, no reason to wear fur, lots of poor and cold people, get rid of them for good. Refugees have lots of donated clothing other people don’t donate fur but peta does, bizarre.

  • Anon commented on December 17, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I’m appalled at the COMMENTERS logic in this one. While I’m against wearing furs, they are by most means the warmest material to wear through winter–and for the poor and needy in Syria, they are something that would benefit them. These animals have lost their lives through cruelty, BUT these commenters saying we should take away any human’s right for survival is JUST AS CRUEL. Atleast PETA (and tbh im not really for peta by any means–no offence) is donating these to people WHO NEED THEM rather than selling them for hundreds of dollars for cold cash. Get a grip people and think about those in need as well.

  • Kevin potter commented on December 17, 2015 at 8:23 am

    A shame the thousands of British elderly who die every year because they can’t afford their heating bills were not thought of instead. Shameful.

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