Club-Wielding ‘Neanderthals’ Declare, ‘Only Cavepeople Wear Fur!’
Activists in Prehistoric Garb Urge International Clothing Store MANGO to Forsake ‘Fossilized Fashion’
For Immediate Release:
29 January 2004
Jean-Luc Segapeli (local PETA member) 06 76 39 7984
Sean Gifford (PETA) +44 0773 457 9092
Cannes, France – Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world’s largest animal rights organisation – wielding clubs and draped in animal skins donated by former fur-wearers – will descend on downtown store MANGO and urge shoppers not to re-enter the Stone Age, declaring, ‘Only Cavepeople Wear Fur’. Other activists will hand out leaflets showing graphic images of animals raised and killed for their fur:
Date: Saturday, 31 January
Time: 3 pm sharp
Place: Mango, 84 rue d’Antibes, 06400, Cannes
Animals trapped for fur suffer excruciating pain, often for days, before having their chests stomped or necks broken by trappers. Beavers caught in underwater traps struggle frantically before drowning. On fur farms, animals spend their lives in tiny, filthy cages, where they suffer physical and psychological distress before being killed by poisoning, gassing, anal electrocution or neck-breaking.
Fur is a relic of prehistoric times, when it was the only thing to keep primitive people from freezing. Today’s lightweight synthetics, such as Gore-Tex, are much more efficient at keeping people warm. Faux fur or no fur is more in tune with current concerns about the mistreatment of animals.
Last month, MANGO Holland and MANGO Belgium removed fur from its stores after anti-fur protests, but to date, MANGO headquarters in Barcelona has not even responded to faxes and letters asking them to follow the lead of other clothing stores, such as C&A and H&M, by going fur-free in all MANGO outlets.
‘Neanderthals weren’t known for their fashion sense’, says PETA Director of European Campaigns Sean Gifford. ‘Fur-wearers make themselves look like fashion Neanderthals by walking around in coats that belong in a natural history museum.’
For more information about PETA’s Fur Campaign, visit FurIsDead.com.