Fur Coats on their Way from PETA to People in Need in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Fur Coats on their Way from PETA to People in Need in Afghanistan and Pakistan

London – A PETA delivery of nearly 100 fur coats – donated by British supporters who had a change of heart about wearing fur – almost didn’t make it to Afghanis in need after the Taliban took over the country. That is, until a persistent local contact recently got the shipment cleared, allowing Life for Relief and Development to distribute the coats to those who desperately need them to keep warm during the harsh winter temperatures.

A second donation is on its way to Pakistan in collaboration with Life for Relief and Development, with 256 items – including coats, blankets, hats, and gloves  – that will keep people in need warm this winter.

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“We can’t bring back the animals who suffered for these coats, but we can use old furs to help people in need,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA encourages everyone in the UK to use unwanted fur to help the truly needy, not clothe people for vanity.”

“We thank PETA for sending the fur coats to be distributed to the poor and needy so they will keep warm during the cold winter months,” says Life for Relief and Development CEO Dr Hany Saqr, MD, PhD.

The animal rights group notes that most animals used for fur spend their entire lives inside cramped cages, where they frantically turn in circles, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves out of severe psychological distress before they’re killed. Animals trapped in nature can suffer for days before trappers arrive to shoot them, bludgeon them to death, or kill them in some other violent way.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – also donates furs to people experiencing homelessness and to wildlife rehabilitation programmes for use as bedding for orphaned animals.

More information for those who wish to clear their wardrobes – and their conscience – and donate their unwanted fur garments to PETA’s fur amnesty programme is available here.


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]