Love Is in the Air: ‘Love Island’ Stars to Float Fur-Free Message Outside Parliament
For Immediate Release:
4 October 2018
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
Reality TV Personalities Team Up With PETA on World Animal Day to Demand a #FurFreeBritain
London – Today, wearing tops emblazoned with “Fur – Out, Love – In!”, Love Island‘s Samira Mighty, Laura Anderson, and Laura Crane posed outside Parliament holding giant, heart-shaped, pink balloons that read, “#FurFreeBritain” – the hashtag for the campaign calling for an animal-fur import ban in the UK.
“Like PETA, I think that killing animals for their fur is totally unjustifiable and unfair,” says Mighty. “With so many amazing, warm and stylish cruelty-free options out there, there’s just no need to buy fur from a fox, a rabbit, a coyote, or any other animal!”
“The vast majority of British people – including Samira Mighty, Laura Anderson, and Laura Crane – choose not to support the fur industry, in which animals are drowned, electrocuted, and even skinned alive,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is thrilled to team up with these three compassionate women to call for the UK to stop importing horrendous fur garments.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000 but that Britain continues to import and sell animal fur from countries such as China. Animals on fur farms are confined to tiny wire cages and killed in crude ways, including by electrocution, neck-breaking, or drowning.
A petition signed by more than 100,000 members of the public triggered a parliamentary debate in June, during which MPs from across the political spectrum spoke out in favour of making Britain a fur-free zone. PETA, together with other animal-protection groups, is now urging the government to follow through by taking meaningful steps towards a ban on fur imports.
Top British designers – including Vivienne Westwood, Molly Goddard, Stella McCartney, and, most recently, Burberry – all have policies against using pelts in their collections, and the most recent London Fashion Week was 100 per cent fur-free.
Please note that the reusable balloons were not released during the action. PETA discourages people from releasing balloons outdoors, as they can be hazardous to the environment and animals.
More images are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.