For Immediate Release:
January 29, 1999
Toni Vernelli: +44 1273 508 384
Copenhagen — Carrying a giant banner reading, “Trapped by Greed,” animal activists from across Europe and North America–armed with steel-jaw leghold traps and gallons of “blood”–will lead a graphic protest at the Copenhagen Fur Centre:
Date: Saturday, 30th January
Time: 12 noon
Place: Copenhagen Fur Centre
The international fur foes–some covered with “blood” and “caught” in steel traps–will converge to confront furriers who will try to push their pelts at the Copenhagen Fur Auction tomorrow.
Furriers are feeling the chill of PETA’s anti-fur efforts, with sales down by more than 50 percent since 1991. PETA has helped keep consumers focused on the fact that animals are trapped, drowned, or beaten to death in the wild, and gassed, strangled, or electrocuted on fur farms to make the garments.
“Fur used to be a status symbol, but now it’s a social liability,” says PETA’s Toni Vernelli. “No matter how they try to spin it, furriers’ profits are still half of what they were in the late eighties.”
Broadcast-quality video footage of animals on fur farms and in traps is available.