Written by Jeff Mackey
The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, when the holiday
gift-shopping season really gets underway. But for animal rights advocates
nationwide, it's Fur-Free Friday, also an occasion to hit the stores—to urge consumers not to buy into the cruelty
of the skins trade.
Yes, "skins." Even on Fur-Free Friday, it's
important to remember that fur isn't the only material used
for clothing that results from the suffering of animals. Like fur, leather, for instance, comes from animals who are raised on crowded farms and killed using cruel
methods—some are even skinned while they're still alive. Whether it comes from
a snake or a sable, a cow or a chinchilla, it's all skin—and we, not they, can
live without it.
PETA hopes that everyone heading out to (or returning from) a Fur-Free
Friday demonstration will be able to answer the question, "Whose skin am I in?" with the reply, "Only my own!"
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.