Written by PETA
I think we can all agree that in this day and age, there's no excuse for pore poor Photoshopping, but someone at Bloody Burberry seems to have missed that memo.
In what must have been a tragic Photoshop accident by the oh-so-tragic Burberry, actor Emma Watson seems to have lost one of her legs. Luckily for her, that nub can be transformed back into a leg again with a few clicks of the "undo" button.
The question I'm asking about the whole fiasco is this: Can the magic of Photoshop help the countless animals who have suffered chewed-off limbs in the horrific process of making Bloody Burberry's fur cuffs, collars, and coats?
No, I guess not.
Written by Karin Bennett
With winter rapidly approaching, it's time to get cozy, comfy, and cruelty-free. Forget about fur collars, trim, or accessories: 'Tis the season to go faux! Help save animals from becoming fashion victims with the click of a mouse! Just follow these five easy steps on Twitter:
Step 1: Burberry may be best known for its famous plaid frocks, but the company's use of fur is a great big faux pas.
How to Help: Post this twitition (that's right, I Twitter-fied it!) from your Twitter account:
@Burberry Stop supporting cruelty 2 animals & adopt a permanent fur-free policy NOW!
Step 2: More than half of the finished fur garments imported into the U.S. come from China. Animals who live on Chinese fur farms spend their entire lives in intensive confinement, only to be pulled from their cages, thrown to the ground, bludgeoned, beaten, and skinned alive.
How to Help: I'm sure by now you've probably seen our shocking undercover video from a Chinese fur farm. Please tell your followers about the horrors of the fur trade by posting the video on your Twitter page: http://ow.ly/zV9A
Step 3: Animals on fur farms around the world are often driven to cannibalism because of the extreme stress and frustration caused by intensive confinement.
How to Help: Because a picture speaks a thousand words, click here to retweet this Twitpic!
Step 4: By signing our fur-free pledge, you'll be sending a powerful message ("Hell no, we want faux!") not only to the fur industry but also to designers, retailers, and others who directly profit from the suffering caused by this cruel industry.
How to Help: Pledge to go fur-free and ask your Twitter followers to do so as well: http://ow.ly/zVf8
Step 5: Each year, the Canadian government allows sealers to beat and skin hundreds of thousands of seals. Baby seals—some of them only weeks old—have their skulls smashed in or are shot for their fur. If you haven't checked out our awesome "Save the Seals" celebrity ad series, take a peek: http://ow.ly/zVey
How to Help: Vote for your favorite "Save the Seals" celebrity using our twitter poll and ask your followers to vote too. Who will you vote for:@Jayde_Nicole@PamelaDAnderson@BrodyJenner@Perez@hollymadison123
So, tweeps, you gonna help the millions of animals who need you? Pretty please, we'll ♥ you faux-ever!
Written by Royale Ziegler, PETA's official twitterer
Burberry representatives denied entry to Bruce Friedrich this morning, an action that we believe clearly violates the rules that govern publicly traded companies. Bruce, appearing as a proxy, had registered in time, confirmed his registration, and showed proper identification and a copy of his proxy voucher card to officials—but to no avail.
One might suspect that the problem here is that Friedrich is an outspoken opponent of the use of fur in Burberry’s clothing, and they don't want their shareholders to hear what he has to say.
Bruce was slated to speak and urge shareholders to end the company's use of fur, as stated in the shareholder statement that PETA Europe had sent directly to Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as well as their chair and chief designer. Included with the statement was video footage showing fur-bearing animals caught in traps, animals chewing off their own limbs to escape, and animals on fur farms crammed in tiny, filthy cages until they were killed by gassing, anal or vaginal electrocution, or having their necks broken.
Since Burberry is based in the United Kingdom, where cruel fur farms are illegal, they have resorted to importing animal pelts from Finland. Says Friedrich, "Burberry might not want its shareholders to hear about the company's support for cruelty to animals so extreme that if the practices it supports were conducted in the United Kingdom, they would be illegal, but it has no right to shut out debate".
Posted by Sean Conner
Do it. It’s amazing.
… Probably not, if you’re able to read this without sounding out the letters. But the term does require some explaining for an American audience, especially since we’ve just launched a brand-new website for our Burberry Campaign, written by chavs, about chavs, and for chavs. OK, to be honest, it was written by me, about Burberry, and for pretty much everyone except chavs, but it still requires some explanation for anyone who’s never lived in the UK. So here goes:
“Chavs” are city-dwelling people who enjoy public drunkenness, vandalism, thievery, “breaking things,” and, conveniently enough, Burberry clothing. And our brand-new “Boycott Burberry for the Chavs” site is a petition created for chavs who are sick and tired of Burberry making even them look bad by its tacky refusal to stop selling fur. With a lot of help from the wonderful people who design PETA’s websites, I’ve even included a handy “translate” button in the banner for the site, so you can read the petition in the “original chav.” Check it out here, and sign the petition yourself.
If you won’t do it for the animals—do it for the chavs. (And if all this still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to you, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Trust me.)
PETA Europe did a little trick or treating yesterday at a Burberry store in Manchester to encourage the chain to stop with the fur already. Great demo guys.
And just this morning, she sent a letter to clothing retailer Burberry's creative director Christopher Bailey urging him to end the use of fur in Burberry designs once and for all. Here's what she says:
"For the sake of basic decency and humanity as well as for the sake of your company's reputation, won't you please stop using real fur in your designs?"
You can the full letter here, and for a little horror movie about the practices that Burberry supports, click here.
The Burberry campaigners at both PETA and PETA Europe have been extra busy lately. It seems like every day I have photos of some new demonstrations they’re rocking in my inbox.
Check out this shot from a “Burberry: When Plaid Goes Bad” demonstration on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. And here’s a great news story from the demo as well.
Not to be outdone, PETA Europe activists dressed up as bunnies and took to the streets for this beautiful demonstration at Burberry’s annual meeting in London yesterday.
Props to everyone involved in both demos. Great job. And fyi, if you’re interested in being contacted when there are events like these taking place near you, you can sign up for PETA’s activist network here.
Employees at a Burberry in Philadelphia were surprised to come into work yesterday morning and find these two lovely ladies painted from head to toe in Burberry's signature plaid design and a little fake blood to drive home the point that Burberry tortures animals for fur. Glorious.
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