Photos: PETA Donates Fur Coats to Refugees

For Immediate Release:

20 December 2019


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Unwanted Furs Sent to Help Keep People in Need Warm This Winter

Edinburgh – Unwanted fur coats donated by Scots – and others – who had a change of heart after learning about the cruelty behind fur are on their way to refugees in Bosnia, Gaza, Kenya, Kurdistan, Lebanon, and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir this winter. The action is part of a collaboration between People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Edinburgh Direct Aid, which gives urgent assistance to those in need.

Photos of the handover are available here, and here.

“PETA can’t bring back the minks, rabbits, and other animals whose fur was torn off, but we can help people who are struggling to survive – the only ones with any excuse to wear fur,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is calling on fur-wearers to clear their consciences and their wardrobes by donating their coats to those in desperate need.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – points out that on factory farms, where 85% of the fur in the world is produced, animals have no opportunity to do anything that’s natural or important to them, which can cause them to go insane and resort to cannibalism or self-mutilation. Animals on fur farms have been found with infections, sores, missing limbs, and festering wounds. Baby animals were seen living next to the rotting corpses of their mothers. Fur farmers kill animals in the cheapest ways possible, including by anal and vaginal electrocution, poisoning, gassing, and drowning, and some are skinned while still conscious.

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