Naked Models Bed Down In Public With ‘Fur Out, Love In’ Valentine’S Message

For Immediate Release:
11 February 2003

Dawn Carr 020 7357 9229, ext. 244, 0776 857 1678 (mobile)

Glasgow – Wearing nothing but strategically placed pink hearts, emblazoned with the message, ‘Fur Out, Love In’, PETA’s bevy of sexy nude models will climb into a king-size bed in the Glasgow city centre to bring consumers their message of compassion in fashion just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Date: Thursday, 13 February
Time: 12 noon sharp
Place: Buchanan Street, in front of the Buchanan Galleries

PETA wants consumers to know that animals trapped for fur suffer excruciating pain, often for days, before having their chests crushed or their 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.

PETA recently launched a shocking new anti-fur ad featuring singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor holding a real skinned fox, with the tagline, ‘Here’s the rest of your fur coat’. Although the UK has banned the steel leghold trap and fur farms because of their cruelty, pelts are imported from countries still using the device, and millions of caged animals are still killed by electrocution on fur farms in Europe alone every year. However, Cosmopolitan magazine reports that more than 90 per cent of British women polled said that they would never wear fur.

‘Compassion is a big turn-on, but fur-wearers leave me cold’, says Valentine vixen Katie Black, of the Glasgow-based Model Team agency. ‘By showing some of our skin, we hope to save animals’ skins.’

PETA is holding similar demonstrations in the US, Canada and France. For more information, please visit PETA’s Web site