‘Skinned’ PETA US Member Leads Anti-Leather Disruption of Coach Fashion Show

London – A PETA US supporter – nude except for bodypaint revealing realistic “flesh”, “tendons”, and “muscle” and a message on her chest reading, “Coach: Leather Kills” – stormed the Coach fashion show yesterday at the New York Public Library Main Branch, alongside two other animal advocates, to slam the brand for its cruelty to cows and its reliance on environmentally destructive leather products.

Video of the runway takeover is available here.

“The future of fashion lies in innovative vegan materials, not in the skin of tortured cows,” says PETA Vice President of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. “PETA US is shaking up Coach’s catwalk with the message that leather belongs on the bodies of the animals who were born with it.”

At slaughterhouses, cows killed for leather may be skinned and dismembered while they’re still conscious – after they endure castration, tail-docking, and dehorning, without any painkillers, on farms. A PETA exposé of the world’s largest leather processor, which has supplied Coach, showed that workers brand calves on the face, beat cows and bulls, and shock them with electric prods.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter)FacebookTikTok, or Instagram.


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