Fur Coats Donated to Refugees in Dire Need

For Immediate Release:

14 December 2015


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 235; [email protected]


PETA Sends Furs to Help Freezing Refugees in Syria and Calais

London – After learning that refugees in Syria and Calais are at risk of freezing to death as “the coldest winter in 50 years” hits, PETA sent them a heaping load of fur coats donated by compassionate people who have chosen to drop the cruelly produced items from their wardrobes via PETA’s fur donation programme. As refugees face the harsh winter conditions with no shelter, they’re at increased risk of developing conditions such as hypothermia and pneumonia. The coats will help those desperately in need keep warm throughout the winter. PETA also sent leather shoes donated by supporters who have chosen to swap skins for cruelty-free alternatives.

Images of the coats and shoes being collected and packaged by the charity to be sent to refugees in Syria can be seen here and here.

“PETA can’t bring back the minks, rabbits, dogs and other animals who were slaughtered and had their fur ripped from their bodies, but we can give help to refugees who are struggling to survive”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA is calling on fur-wearers to clear their consciences and donate their coats so that desperately cold refugees – the only people with any excuse to wear fur – will stay warm this winter.”

As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – animals on fur farms are confined to cramped, filthy cages before they’re drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted and even skinned alive in order to produce fur coats, collars and cuffs. You can see for yourself in this video, narrated by Paloma Faith, what life is like for animals on fur farms here in Europe and around the globe – even in countries that claim to have high welfare standards.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.