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Bonfire of the Vanities

Written by PETA | August 23, 2007

Remember the movie Bonfire of the Vanities from, like, twenty years ago? Well, I don’t either and this post has nothing to do with it. What this post is about is a new demonstration one of our Skins campaigners Melissa is out on the road doing. She takes some leather pants, a fur coat and a wool hat (all donated of course) and sets them up on a rack and then burns them on the sidewalk in a funeral pyre to focus attention on the fact that these products were once living beings who valued their lives. Pretty wild eh? Here are a couple of shots from Melissa’s first demo, in Pittsburgh, and here is a link to a news story about, complete with a cool slideshow on the right.



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  • rojo says:

    chris very little wool comes from the sheep transported for slaughter. Sheep can annually provide fleece after fleece for seven to eight years. The mutilations you allude to is mulesing done for the long term benefit of the sheep.

  • Chaske says:

    I am a vegan and animal rights advocate but this is a terrible idea for a campaign.

  • global man says:

    Thanks for adding to global warming folks!

  • Chris says:

    A very significant percentage of the wool people buy comes from merino sheep who are mutilated transported inhumanely and then slaughtered in countries that ha ve little to no leaning heavily towards the no side welfare or humane slaughter regulations. The numbers and facts will bear this out to anyone who is interested in learning more. A good website to visit is

  • rojo says:

    thanks for your “informed” commentary. I just happen to have experience producing wool and know that NONE of my sheep had to die to give wool. I think you are confusing the use of the skins of animals slaughtered for meat. Mike you are quite right the UK gets very little value for their course wool.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Not sure about North American sheep but in the UK the most profitable product of British sheep is their lambs wool coming a distant second producing between five and 10 per cent of total income per ewe. Lambs for meat are slaughtered anywhere from 215 months. Ewes are able to live to the age of 15 or so but are slaughtered after four to eight years.

  • kelly says:

    rojo find out the TRUTH about the crappy wool industry They want you to think it is “just a haircut” httpwww.savethesheep.comfboycottAuWool.asp

  • hmm says:

    This campaign idea is lame. You should just bury the skins instead.

  • Andy J. says:

    Rojo actually they ARE skinned. Watch the video at httpgetactive.peta.orgcampaignp2pinkwoolvideo and see if it’s the same as when you get a haircut!

  • Kelley says:

    I am sorry I missed the demo due to my work schedule but it was on all the local news stations here in Pittsburgh.

  • rojo says:

    Perhaps I could point out that it is unnecessary for a sheep to die in order to provide wool. They are geting a haircut not skinned.