Written by Michelle Kretzer
Dworkin Furs in Ottawa has been
peddling pelts for more than a century. But 100 years of cruelty is coming to
an end as Dworkin Furs sells off the last of its skins and shuts its doors.
management at Dworkin is staying mum, business professor Ian Lee said fur sales are down because PETA
and other groups have exposed the cruelty of the fur industry. "[PETA]
have made it less fashionable—or less acceptable, I should say—to wear fur,"
he told news sources. "You don't close your doors because you're making
lots of money … you close your doors because you aren't making money."
for showing retailers that fur is headed the way of the stagecoach.
Let's keep the pressure on by sharing the Pledge to Be Fur-Free on Facebook and adding
to the long list of people who wouldn't be caught dead wearing dead animals.
Written by Alisa Mullins
Motorists cruising down L.A.'s Beverly Boulevard might get a
little distracted when they spot Olivia Munn's
sexy new "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur" billboard, which The Daily Show
correspondent unveiled in person today in Los Angeles.
think about even that little tiny trim of fur on your gloves or on your collar,
that is still coming from an animal that had to endure so much pain just for
you," says Munn. "There's nothing good about pretending like you
Munn, who is currently shooting the new HBO series The Newsroom and the Steven
Soderbergh movie Magic Mike, sat down with
PETA for an exclusive video interview, which you can watch here.
Munn is also the host of PETA's brand-new video exposé of fur farms in China, the
world's leading fur exporter. "As a proud person of Chinese descent, it
broke my heart to learn just how terribly animals suffer and die on Chinese fur
farms and that there are no penalties for this abuse," explains Munn in
the video, which reveals conscious raccoon dogs writhing in pain as workers rip
the skin off their bodies. Rabbits scream as workers slit their throats and cut
off their heads. Dogs and cats—some of whom still wear collars—are crammed into
tiny cages and thrown off trucks.
Please "like" and tweet Olivia's new video so that all your friends can learn
why they should leave fur on its original owners' backs.
Megan Park, the star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, has great fashion sense
both on- and off-screen. So, of course, she never wears fur, as she makes
crystal clear in a new anti-fur ad for PETA.
she was an American teenager, Megan
was growing up in Canada and was appalled by the Canadian seal slaughter. With her beau, musician
by her side, she chose to reveal her stunning new ad in her native country so
that she could encourage fans on both sides of the border to keep fur where it
animals are skinned alive and kept in small little cages. It's just awful,
awful treatment, and there's no reason for it," she says.
and an adorable rescued pup named Tyson remind people that Chinese fur farms often sell dog and cat fur labeled as something
else, so if you buy fur, there's no way to know whose skin you're really
Click here to see the
behind-the-scenes video from Megan's photo shoot and join her in getting the
secret out: If you wouldn't wear your dog, you shouldn't wear any fur.
Terrell Suggs is capturing awards for
his defensive plays for the Baltimore Ravens, he's also capturing hearts for
playing defense for animals. The AFC Defensive Player of the Month stars in a PETA ad that's
making January a lot hotter. Quoth the Raven, Nevermore wear fur.
Photo: Gabrielle Revere • Makeup:
slugs it out on the field every week, but as he's quick to point out, "I hit people for a living, and even I couldn't … handle
the cruelty to these animals ." The linebacker who challenges every quarterback who
crosses his path now has a challenge for everyone: "If you can endure … 10
seconds of the [fur farm] video, you gotta watch it ."
the video and exclusive behind-the-scenes video footage from Terrell's photo
shoot here, and pledge to tackle cruelty by
refusing to wear fur.
It's easier for us to think that the
horrors of the fur trade—the
electrocution, poisoning, and live skinning—happen overseas
in faraway places like China and Norway, not in the States.
But one PETA supporter sent us these photos taken at a fur processor in Mount
Ayr, Iowa—gruesome evidence that the fur industry is still alive and kicking
here in America, even if its victims aren't.
If you needed a reminder of why not to
buy or wear fur—and to educate anyone you see wearing it about the cruelty
involved—here it is. You're welcome.
have voices. They cry out when they are being skinned alive for their fur, being beaten and forced to perform painful tricks, or having their throats cut before being hacked
apart for their flesh. Animals express their pain, but often, people don't
understand or they choose not to listen.
animal advocates, we must raise our
voices alongside animals' and put into words what they can't. Whether we are
calmly explaining to someone at the dog park that his or her dog might be
yelping because the animal's prong
collar hurts or telling a friend
that her mascara was smeared
into a bunny's sensitive eyes, we have to speak up.
Animals need us to.
If you haven't yet
made a New Year's resolution, how about this: Never remain silent when an animal is hurting. Just one small voice
can—and often does—save animals from cruelty and abuse. How will you use yours?
Written by Jeff Mackey
The year 2011 was a great one for animals, and 2012 is bound to be even better.
Tell us what you plan to do for animals in the coming year, and you could win a
gift basket to help you start the year off right! The basket contains a
selection of fabulous health, beauty, and whole-food products—including Bija
certified organic teas, Green Beaver hair-care products, olive oils, and
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Not sure how to get active for animals in 2012? Here are
Let us know in the comments section what you have up your
sleeve for the new year, and you'll be entered in the drawing for a chance to
win the Flora gift basket.
A winner will be chosen at random from the animal-friendly comments
that are submitted. The contest will end on January 13, 2012, and we'll contact
the winner by January 31, 2012. Make sure that you read our privacy
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Some folks made Christmas merry, while others are in need of making some serious New Year's resolutions to shape up:
The best show in Vegas last week wasn't in a casino—it was on the sidewalk on Las Vegas Boulevard. Luck was a lady leopard (and a cow and a snake) when PETA's "showgirls" stripped down on The Strip to reveal their animalistic bodypaint.
Crowds flocked to the ladies like they were the hottest blackjack table, posing for pictures and scooping up information about how animals raised or trapped for their skin suffer.
With the flurry of flashbulbs now over and loads of leaflets distributed, it's a safe bet that any animal skins the passersby will be flaunting from now on will be as fake as an Elvis impersonator.
You and animals both win when you choose animal prints, not animal skins.
to a Christmas display at the framing shop of John Esty and John Bartlett,
anyone wearing fur on New York City's Greenwich Avenue will feel like the West
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