Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
biggest shopping day of the year is also the biggest fur-free day of the year—from Anchorage, Alaska to our headquarters
in Norfolk, Virginia, the young, the old, and even, well, dummies were out in
force to urge shoppers to cross fur off their holiday lists.
Even a little bit
of fur trim means a lifetime of suffering for minks, foxes, rabbits, and other
animals on fur farms, who are
crammed into filthy wire cages and are often genitally electrocuted to avoid
damaging their pelts. Even dog
and cat fur has been
found in clothing exported from China to the U.S.
Be sure not to miss
opportunities to educate shoppers in your area about the coldhearted fur industry: Sign up to
receive important updates from PETA's Action Team about
additional fur-free outreach events in order to make this a happy holiday season for one
Unless you live in
a sensory deprivation chamber, you probably get queasy at the mere mention of Kim Kardashian. But wait! PETA's new billboard
should give the reality TV star a much-needed reality check—at least when it
comes to her furry
wardrobe, which often features the pelts of
animals as dead as her brief marriage.
Kim © StarmaxInc | Foxes © Patricia
We've contacted Kim
several times about the notorious cruelty of the fur industry,
in which animals on factory fur
are kept in tiny wire cages in all weather extremes and are genitally
electrocuted and even skinned
In fact, Kim's compassionate sister, Khloe Kardashian,
posed naked for a PETA anti-fur ad and kindly showed fur-farm video footage on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
But the hardest thing to keep up with is the number of carcasses that Kim
arresting billboard on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood will inspire the
entire Kardashian klan and other shoppers
to follow Khloe's example and leave fur off their holiday lists.
When Kim is ready
to put an end to her much-publicized relationship with fur, PETA will be happy
to take her discards and donate them to the homeless. She can even help us pass
them out! I'm sure there's an E! special in there somewhere.
You can get in on
the action, too—donate
your furs to PETA today.
© 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.
Written by PETA
New York socialite
and cruelty-free fashion connoisseur Cornelia Guest
is taking her passion for helping animals to great lengths in a brand-new anti-fur ad
Cornelia—who is the
daughter of one of the best-dressed women of the 20th century, C.Z. Guest—used
to wear fur, but she had a change of heart when she learned more about the
heartless fur industry.
Now, Cornelia shuns animal products of all kinds—she even launched her own line
of nonleather handbags at
At her birthday
party on November 16, Cornelia will donate all her old furs
to PETA, and she is encouraging her guests to do the same. PETA will mark the
fur coats so that they can't be resold and will give them to the homeless
so that they can be warmer this winter.
And for those of us
who have ever wished for a guide to sophisticated vegan soirées, Cornelia has
just finished a high-style vegan-entertaining book—replete with original recipes,
decorating and party tips, and animal factoids—that will be published in May.
compassionate lead and cleanse your closet of skins. Click here for PETA's guide to cruelty-free
by Heather Faraid Drennan
West Hollywood's City Council is sending
a strong message to pelt peddlers: Go faux or get out. In a
monumental step for animals, the Council approved a ban on the sale of new apparel fur
jackets, vests, stoles, and boots in stores within the city limits.
The City Council heard from people in
the fur industry who opposed the ban, but it was also bombarded with calls,
letters, and e-mails from PETA supporters, both local and outside the city,
urging it to pass the measure. Ellen DeGeneres
showed her support for the ban by tweeting, "I just heard West Hollywood
has banned the sale of fur. Good for them!" And Stella McCartney
penned a letter to the Council saying, "The ban on the sale of fur in West
Hollywood is a true example of the kinds of efforts we need to make to
influence people that will hopefully lead to positive change."
A PETA member who lives in West
Hollywood spoke at Monday night's Council meeting, explaining that all fur is
cruel, no matter how the fur
industry's PR people try to spin
it. She said, "Numerous undercover investigations from China, the
U.S., and just about everywhere in between have revealed that foxes, minks,
coyotes, and rabbits—and even dogs and cats—are bludgeoned,
electrocuted, and often skinned alive for their pelts."
PETA has named WeHo the Most
Compassionate U.S. City of 2011 for its progress in seeking to become "the
humane capital of the United States." Banning fur sales is just the latest
compassionate action for the city, which has already halted pet stores from
selling dogs and cats, banned declawing, and officially recognized people with
companion animals as "guardians" rather than "owners." We
hope that many other cities follow in WeHo's inspiring footsteps.
You can make your home a no-fur zone by
signing PETA's Pledge to
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Staking out towns throughout Ontario, Canada,
PETA's sexy cops are after the robbers who stole the skin right off animals'
If you're thinking that maybe it wouldn't
be so bad for one of these arrestingly beautiful officers to read you your
rights, think again. They're showing no mercy to people who buy fur
ripped off live animals, leather
from cows and other animals who are routinely hacked apart while still conscious,
which often comes from sheep whose backsides have been mutilated.
Considering that these offenders only got
tickets, they got off easy. Click here to check out what "TSA Agent" Pamela Anderson
does to would-be airline passengers who are swathed in skin that isn't their
Written by Michelle Sherrow
We learned that Taraji P. Henson
rocks when she proved that she'd rather go naked than wear fur
by starring in a sultry PETA ad, and tonight the Oscar and Emmy-nominated actor and
singer will be honored on BET's
Black Girls Rock,
in part for her work for animals.
Photo: Don Flood for ArtMix • Hair: Kim Kimble for Margaret Maldonado Agency • Makeup: Mylah Morales for Celestine Agency
Taraji used to wear
fur, but one look at a video
showing animals being skinned alive for a bit of fur trim was enough to make her
clean the corpses out of her closet. In a
from the photo shoot for her PETA ad, Taraji said, "I don't think a
living being should suffer for the sake of fashion, period. End of story."
(I told you she rocks.)
If you're wondering
what to watch tonight, why not settle in for an evening of inspiring TV and
support the lovely, compassionate Ms. Henson (who can also be seen in the new hit
CBS show Person of Interest).
Black Girls Rock will air on BET at 8 p.m.
Eastern Time (check local listings for other time zones).
are just two weeks to go until audiences see Kristen Stewart finally become a
vampire in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part I, but last
night, K-Stew told Jay
Leno that even the bloodless
aren't heartless—she would never wear real fur.
showed what appeared to be a furry image from Kristen's W magazine photo shoot that left her fans
asking a big "W": Why would she wear that? But Kristen was anxious to
put the rumors to rest, saying, "That's not fur—I would never wear fur. … [People
said] 'nobody does that [wear fur] anymore and look, she's willing to.' No, I'm
actually not, so let's just clear that one up."
like the out-of-touch designers who still use fur are having a harder and
harder time finding anyone willing to wear butchered bunnies. It's obvious that
stolen skin is out and sparkly skin is in.
you head out to reserve your tickets for opening night, check out how Twilight stars Kellan Lutz, Christian Serratos, and Robert
Pattinson are shining for animals too.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Friday," and we're going back to 1996 for some fashion history. But don't
worry—it doesn't involve flannel
shirts and ripped jeans. The models for this PETA ad that launched 15 years ago today didn't
wear anything at all:
Photo: Judson Baker
Boss Models became
the first modeling agency to go fur-free when it refused to send
any of its talent to photo shoots involving fur. One of Boss' top models, Marcus Schenkenberg
(third from the left), went a step further in sending a message that he wouldn't
support an industry
that genitally electrocutes animals and even skins them alive
when he unveiled a plaque at Tunnel, one of New York's most popular nightclubs,
that read, "The Only Wildlife Here Is Human—No Fur Coats Allowed."
Take a cue from
Boss Models and turn your back on fur. Urge others to do the same by posting
this ad on Facebook
and Twitter today.
Happy fur-free anniversary,
by Heather Faraid Drennan
At Los Angeles' Comikaze Expo, attendees can mingle with the likes of Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, and Elvira; get their favorite comics, games, anime, and cult videos autographed; or even get tattooed. But one thing that is definitely off limits at the L.A. Convention Center this weekend? Fur.
Comikaze will have thrills and chills aplenty, but the real-life horror of animals who were beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive to be turned into jackets is too cruel for even the most seasoned scream queens. When the folks who created and starred in Halloween, Saw, and Friday the 13th are welcome but fur is too scary to let in the door, you know fur production is a truly terrifying business.
Halloween is over, but you can still share PETA's very real horror movie—featuring undercover footage shot on rabbit fur farms in France and China—with your Facebook friends and ask them to support only killing sprees of the celluloid variety.
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