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Helen Flanagan Unveils S-S-Sexy New Anti–Exotic Skins Ad Live In Covent Garden

For Immediate Release:

23 May 2013

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Elisa Allen +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 243; ElisaA@peta.org.uk

London – The tourists in Covent Garden got an eyeful this lunchtime, when Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan unveiled her sexy new PETA campaign. In the ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Trevor Leighton, the newly crowned FHM Sexiest Woman in the UK appears with her naked body covered only in "reptile" paint next to the words "Exotic Skins Belong in the Jungle. Leave Wildlife out of Your Wardrobe".

"Spring is the perfect time to clean the cruelty from our closets", says Flanagan. "I know when people see footage of what happens to animals killed for their skin, they won't want anything to do with the exotic-skins industry and will join me in leaving wildlife out of their wardrobes."

Why do exotic skins make Flanagan's skin crawl? As shown in a PETA US exposé of the exotic-skins trade, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, snakes, alligators and other exotic animals who are killed for their skins suffer immensely. They are commonly nailed to trees, bludgeoned with hammers and skinned alive, and it often takes hours for the animals to die, usually from shock or dehydration.

To view Helen's ad, and for more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.