PETA Delivers Fur Coats to Refugees on Lesbos

For Immediate Release:
3 January 2018

Olivia Jordan +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; [email protected]


Coats Donated by Former Fur-Wearers Will Help Keep Refugees Warm During Freeze

Lesbos, Greece – PETA has delivered around 200 fur coats to Lighthouse Relief, a charity providing refugees with urgent help, to protect those stranded in camps from the freezing winter temperatures. The coats – given to PETA by people who have had a change of heart about wearing the cruelly produced items – will help those in dire need stay warm.

Images of the coats’ distribution can be seen here and here.

“PETA can’t bring back the minks, rabbits, dogs, and other animals whose fur was torn off for fashion, but we can help people who are struggling to survive,” says PETA Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi. “We’re calling on fur-wearers to clear their consciences and donate their coats so that refugees and others in desperate need – the only ones with any excuse for wearing fur – can stay warm this winter.”

As PETA’s exposé of fur farming in Europe reveals, animals in the industry are confined to cramped, filthy cages before finally being drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted, and even skinned alive to produce fur coats, collars, and cuffs. In China – the world’s largest exporter of fur – rabbits on fur farms are hung upside down, kicking and screaming, and can see those ahead of them in line endure a violent death before their own throats are cut.

Through its fur-donation programme, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – not only distributes coats to refugee camps but also donates them to sanctuaries to be used as bedding for orphaned animals.

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