Santa’s Little Helper Has a Message for Carnaby Street Shoppers
Made in Chelsea‘s Ashley James is reminding the London holiday shopping crowd that there’s nothing fashionable about wearing animals’ skin. Dressed up as Santa’s helper, with a dress from Ann Summers and boots from Boohoo.com, she brought some holiday cheer to Carnaby Street while highlighting how every coat, collar and cuff made of animal fur has caused immense animal suffering.
Discussing the campaign, the reality TV star said:
Whilst I like to enjoy some of life’s luxuries, there is nothing luxurious about the way animals in the fur industry are treated. Knowing how cruel the industry is, I cannot understand why people buy fur – especially as it’s so easy to stay warm with fur-free styles. I’m proud to join PETA in asking people to stay on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list by keeping fur off their Christmas lists.
More than 85 per cent of the fur sold today comes from facilities where minks, foxes and other animals are locked up for their entire lives before being killed for their skins. Numerous investigations of fur farms across many fur-producing countries have documented atrocities – including animals with eye infections, sores on their feet from filthy wire cages, missing limbs and festering, untreated open wounds (some so deep that their brains are visible); babies kept in cages with the rotting corpses of their mothers; and animals who exhibit neurotic behaviour as a result of psychological damage.
Many top fashion designers, including Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Westwood, are 100 per cent fur-free. Keep off the “Naughty” list, and make sure that your holiday shopping is full of Christmas cheer for humans and animals alike.