Love Is in the Air: Stirling ‘Love Island’ Star Floats Fur-Free Message Outside Parliament
For Immediate Release:
5 October 2018
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
LOVE IS IN THE AIR: STIRLING ‘LOVE ISLAND’ STAR FLOATS FUR-FREE MESSAGE OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT
Reality TV Personality Teamed Up With PETA to Demand a #FurFreeBritain
Stirling, Scotland – This week, wearing a top emblazoned with “Fur – Out! Love – In!”, Love Island‘s Laura Anderson posed outside Parliament – joined by fellow Love Island stars Samira Mighty and Laura Crane – and held a giant, heart-shaped, pink balloon that read, “#FurFreeBritain”, the hashtag for the campaign calling for an animal-fur import ban in the UK.
“The vast majority of British people – including Laura Anderson, Samira Mighty, 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 – 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.