PETA to Conor McGregor: Give Animals a Fighting Chance, Ditch the Furs!
For Immediate Release:
3 July 2019
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; Je[email protected]
PETA TO CONOR MCGREGOR: GIVE ANIMALS A FIGHTING CHANCE, DITCH THE FURS!
PETA Urges Irish MMA Fighter to Donate Mink Coats to Fur Amnesty Programme
Dublin – After spotting Conor McGregor flaunting his furs on social media, PETA has rushed a letter to the former UFC champion urging him to give animals a “fighting chance” by pledging to go fur-free – and by donating his collection of mink coats to the group’s fur amnesty programme so they can be used in educational displays, donated to animal sanctuaries as bedding, or given to homeless people or refugees in need.
“No matter how much you paid for those coats, the minks who spent their lives caged and petrified before being violently slaughtered paid a far higher price,” writes PETA Director Elisa Allen in the group’s appeal. “Although it’s too late to help the animals who were killed for your coats, you can help prevent more animals from suffering by donating these pieces to PETA.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. The group notes that animals on fur farms are confined to cramped wire cages and denied everything that’s natural and important to them before they’re gassed, anally electrocuted, strangled, drowned, stamped on, or sometimes even skinned alive. Around the world, designers, consumers, and entire countries are taking action against this archaic industry. Just last week, Ireland’s minister for agriculture announced a plan to bring forward a bill banning fur farming in the republic.
If McGregor donates his furs to PETA, he’ll find himself in good company: many celebrities – including Mariah Carey, Kim Cattrall, and Anjelica Huston – have donated items to the fur amnesty programmes of PETA or its international affiliates after having a change of heart.