Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
Last week, PETA
gave out 100 fur coats
to the only people who have any excuse to wear them: the homeless. This
giveaway took place at the office of the Greater Cincinnati
Coalition for the Homeless in a city where frigid temperatures combine with one
of the worst poverty rates in the country to make winters truly a matter of
life and death.
The coats that PETA
distributed at the event were all donated by erstwhile fur-wearers who, once
they found out that animals on fur farms
are often bludgeoned or genitally electrocuted, couldn't stand to have carcasses
in their closets. The coats are marked so that they can't be resold, and even
though the animals' lives can't be returned, at least the coats may help save
Anyone who has a
coat moldering away in a closet and is too ashamed to wear it in public can
give the item as a tax-deductable
to PETA. Rest assured that we'll put it to good use through giveaways to the
homeless, as bedding for animals in wildlife rehabilitation centers, or as a
prop in one of our famous street-theater anti-fur demos.
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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
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