Guerrilla Art Installation Confronts Dubliners With Fur Farm Cruelty
15 April 2015
Donated Fur Coats Turned Into Street Art in Hard-Hitting PETA Collaboration
Dublin – To bring attention to the nearly 250,000 animals who are confined and killed on Irish fur farms, renowned street artist Solus is teaming up with PETA to plaster Dublin’s city centre with a dozen animal-shaped pieces of art made from fur coats that have been donated by people who’ve had a change of heart and no longer support the cruel fur industry. Each piece of art has a sticker directing passers-by to BanFurFarms.net, where they can join more than 30,000 other people in calling on Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to ban fur farms.
“Reshaping the fur coats into animals is a way to remind us of the life that once inhabited those garments. No animal should die to make a product that no one needs – and I hope that message hits home with everyone who sees the pieces”, says Solus.
“It’s shameful that minks still suffer in tiny, cramped cages on Irish fur farms”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA are calling on Ireland to join the UK, Croatia and Austria in refusing to allow any more animals to be electrocuted for the sake of coats, collars and cuffs.”
Minks on Irish fur farms spend their lives in cramped wire cages. Denied the opportunity to run, swim and express any other natural behaviour, many of these wild animals go insane and begin to mutilate themselves. Eventually, they’re skinned – sometimes while they’re still alive and able to feel pain.
Solus joins a growing list of celebrities – including Imelda May, Anjelica Huston and Cillian Murphy – who have teamed up with PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”, to speak out against fur farming in Ireland.