‘Drag Race’ Star Scaredy Kat Serves Vegan Realness in New PETA Campaign
For Immediate Release:
6 February 2020
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
‘DRAG RACE’ STAR SCAREDY KAT SERVES VEGAN REALNESS IN NEW PETA CAMPAIGN
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London – Decked out in a twisted faux-fur coat made of “dead” plush cats, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Scaredy Kat features in a new PETA campaign that urges would-be fashion queens to say “sashay away” to leather, feathers, and fur.
In an exclusive video interview, Scaredy Kat – an outspoken vegan – shares the inspiration for her ominous look: “You wouldn’t kill your cat and put it on a coat, so why should you kill a fox or, like, a mink or anything else? Because there’s not really any difference,” she says. “Cats and dogs are used in the fur and leather industry in China, and there’s no penalties for that. It’s often intentionally mislabelled, so you could be wearing a pussy and you don’t even know it.”
She also points to the cruelty of the feather industry, in which birds are live-plucked for boas and down filling.
Scaredy Kat joins a long list of drag icons and other celebrities – including RuPaul herself, Drag Race UK host Alan Carr, Drag Race winner Sharon Needles, the incomparable Lady Bunny, and many more – who have teamed up with PETA or its affiliates to promote kindness to animals.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that vegan fashion spares millions of animals a year immense suffering. Cows whose skins are turned into leather often endure dehorning and castration without painkillers. They’re loaded onto crowded lorries and transported through all weather extremes to abattoirs, where they’re strung up and killed. A recent video exposé of goose farms in China – the source of 80% of the world’s down – revealed that workers pin geese down and rip their feathers out as the birds struggle and scream. And workers in shearing sheds have been caught punching, beating, kicking, and even killing gentle sheep for wool.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.