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.
© Taylor Hill
What do you give a
beautiful and charming New York socialite for her birthday? Fur coats, of
course. At her birthday luncheon today, Cornelia Guest
and her well-wishers donated dozens of their own coats—made from foxes, chinchillas, rabbits,
minks, and other animals—to
PETA's fur coat giveaway
program for the homeless.
PETA Vice President
Dan Mathews was on hand to collect the furs and said, "Fur used to be a
uniform in high society, but that's all changing, and nobody illustrates that
better than Cornelia."
After the vegan
birthday cake was served, Cornelia spoke about the hideous cruelty of the fur industry.
She said of fur-wearing among members of high society, "It's the
fire-hydrant syndrome. Once one dog lifts his leg, they all follow!"
Cornelia also unveiled
her new ad
for PETA's iconic "I'd
Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur"
campaign to convince others to swear off fur furever. Her ad will hit New York's streets during the busy holiday-shopping
season to remind shoppers that compassion is the fashion.
If you or anyone
you know has fur coats moldering away in their closets, why not follow the
example of Cornelia and her friends and donate them to PETA? We'll mark them so
that they can't be resold and give them to the homeless for a little extra
warmth this winter. Remember: Even a little bit of fur trim
means a world of suffering for animals on fur farms
or who are trapped
in the wild.
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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