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Detained: PETA's Sexy 'Snow Bunny' Protest Broken Up By Russian Authorities

For Immediate Release:

4 February 2014

Contact:

Ben Williamson +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; BenW@peta.org.uk

Photos from the event can be found here, here and here. More are available from Press Association and ITAR-TASS Photo Agency.

Sochi, Russia – Russian police intervened this morning to try to stop two sexy PETA supporters in skimpy bikinis and bunny ears from warming the hearts of cold-hearted fur-wearers, by holding signs that read, "Champions Don't Wear Fur" outside the Olympic Village. The police confiscated the sexy snow bunnies' signs and passports before ordering them to leave the Olympic Park area. The "snow bunnies" are in Sochi to let people know that wearing the skins of animals who were beaten, electrocuted or strangled to death is unacceptable. The skin of foxes, sheep, dogs and rabbits belongs to the animals – it shouldn't be used for coats and cuffs.

"The Olympics are a celebration of life and strength, but animals used for fur know only pain and death", says PETA snow bunny Hope Carveth. "By refusing to wear skins, anyone can be a winner for the millions of animals raised for their skin, who are never afforded the opportunity to engage in basic behaviour such as running, jumping and swimming."

Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned and beaten to death in the wild or strangled, gassed, poisoned or electrocuted after spending their entire lives in tiny, filthy cages on fur farms. In China – which is the world's largest fur exporter – animals who are killed for their fur, including millions of cats and dogs, are often skinned alive. Video footage recorded on a Chinese fur farm shows that workers pulled rabbits out of cages by their ears and stunned the screaming animals with electrical devices. Rabbits watched as other rabbits had their throats cut and their heads and paws cut off with knives before their skin was peeled off their bodies. Russia buys more fur than any other country.

Video footage is available on request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

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