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Calling All O.A.R. Fans

Written by PETA | January 26, 2009

You may know (and love) O.A.R.’s hit single, “Shattered (Turn the Car Around),” but did you know that their name stands for “Outrageously Against Real fur”? OK, I made that part up. It’s really “Of a Revolution,” but after hearing frontman Marc Roberge’s awesome anti-fur radio PSA, I seriously think that they should consider changing it.

 

 

Now on a three-month tour supporting the band’s hit release All Sides, Marc took time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts about the fur industry and so much more in this exclusive interview:

PETA: What made you want to participate in PETA’s anti-fur campaign?

Marc: I just think that any person with a head on their shoulders who learns the truth about the fur industry through this campaign should have a hard time justifying spending their money on fur.

PETA: What are your thoughts about the fur industry, particularly regarding the fact that animals—including dogs and cats—are often skinned alive just to make things like trinkets and fur-trimmed clothing?

Marc: I just find it so hard to believe that people find this practice acceptable at all, and they flaunt it. Makes me sick, to be honest. Do people crave attention that much? It is laughable that someone can’t see how barbaric wearing fur truly is.

PETA: Do you have any animal companions? If so, what are their names and how did they become a part of your family?

Marc: I have three dogs at home, and they run the show. Two terrier mixes and an 11-year-old pit bull have me wrapped around their little paws. They keep us walking all the time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our pit was facing the end of the road in an animal shelter in Maryland, so we had to get her out of there and bring her with us when we moved north. I will never forget how happy she was to get in the car with us. To this day, she loves riding in the car.

PETA: What other animal issues are important to you, and why?

Marc: I’m sure everyone reading this would agree that all animal issues are important to all of us. Cosmetic animal testing will always be something that kills me, though. It is just plain wrong.

PETA: Do you have any advice for your fans who want to help animals but aren’t sure where to start?

Marc: I guess anyone can start getting involved by volunteering at [an animal] shelter. My wife did that growing up and it definitely shaped a caring side of her that grows deeper every year.

Around about now, I’m thinking that you’re probably eager to snatch up a new O.A.R. T-shirt and autographed poster. All you have to do to enter to win this and other great gear is post a comment by February 7 telling us what you’ve done to fight fur. We’ll contact the winner by February 8. Note that by commenting you are agreeing to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

Written by Amy Elizabeth

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  • Sarah says:

    I hand out antifur leaflets to my friends and family and i tell everybody i come across about the horrors of the fur industry. when i see people with fur on i tell them about the animals and what happens to them s they can have a coat. fur belongs on animals not people.

  • alysha says:

    I love all animals! Big and small. I don’t eat them don’t wear them and always buy cruelty free On Jan. 24th 2009 I went to my very first antifur demonstration in nyc on 5th ave! I went into the city by myself did’t have anyone that could go that supported my views I was so pumped up! Jumped on the train hit Penn. station then walked to the site! I noticed some girls wearing antifur pins and went up to them an introduced myself. The leader of the demonstration set up her little table and started handing out posters for us to all hold up and well as literature for us to hand out to passers by! We were located on 5th in front of Saks 5th ave. Just so happens they were giving out free makeup that day so there was this HUGE line of people. HOW AWESOME! They stood on line while we all lined the sidewalk holding up posters of what these dead animals looked like just so some idiot can wear them on his or her back! It was so empowering! I felt like I was really making a difference and speaking out on their behalf. We were all chanting things like “fur is not the fashion” “Fur is dead…boycott Saks” It was freezing outside and my hands and toes were so cold even numb at certain points but I did not care! I would do anything for my animal friends!! I grew up with abusive parents being an only child. Thankfully I had lots of pets and they saved my life and I owe them everything. Don’t know what I would have done if they weren’t there for me All animals need to be treated with love kindness and respect at all times and I will always do whatever I can to make sure that happens!

  • Dara Billing says:

    I have always been an animal lover since I was young. My boyfriend and I adopted a cat last January and she has such a great personality I cant believe that someone would choose to not keep her. I am proud to say that I have never owned any item made of real fur. I can honestly say that I dont think I have anything made from faux fur either. The less that fur is popularized by ANYONE who wears it the greater the chance that people will stop wearing fur altogether. I have had PETAs videos and web banners on my myspace page for over a year now. These messages can affect people enough to spread the word of how cruel these animals are being treated just for a coat or other item that someone doesnt need made out of fur and I am happy and proud to have this media for people to see. I have been an O.A.R fan for many years and I completely appreciate all the work they do not just for PETA but for many charities. Thank you for helping spread the message!!

  • Holly says:

    I’ve always been against fur. I’ve never wore it and never will. Once I became aware that fur was just so mean I’ve told my family friends and random people about fur. If I ever see someone wearing something that looks like real fur I ask if its real and if they say that it is real I gasp really loud and tell them what had happened to that animal.

  • Vin Rizzo says:

    I agree completely with the campaign and cannot stress the fact that fur is not a symbol of elegance. People need to start realizing where fur comes from and the horrible deaths that are associated with it. Fur is the product of a heartless business and nothing is pretty about wearing the fur of a dead animal. I find it absolutely repulsive that anyone could ever even think about putting on a fur product that used to be part of one of our beautiful animals. When someone wears fur it only shows how immoral ugly and pathetic that person is. It is upsetting to know that people can disassociate the animals that we live with so easily in order to wear fur when there are so many other attire options. I have never worn fur nor hang out with people that do so. When I see people wearing fur I am not silent. I ask them if they know where that fur comes from. If not I am happy to explain. By the way O.A.R. is my favorite band!

  • Laura says:

    We have a strange culture. Some wear fur and many eat meat but we never think about where it comes from. It seems as if we have become desensitized and naive. Most people would think living minks are very cute and foxes too. So why don’t people get the connection? Because out of sight out of mind. My mother has owned a fur coat for years. She loves animals but never made the connection until I showed her the fur video. Yes it is gruesome but it’s reality. Since then she has donated a coat she once loved but now disgusted by to a homeless shelter.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I have been posting antifur videos on facebook which have caught quite a bit of attention. They seem to be a good way to spread the word. Plus of course being vegan I never wear fur leather silk none of that. However I would looove a cotton tee shirt from the amazing OAR!

  • Rhonda Lavallee says:

    I’ve always been against the fur industry and circuses and zoos and the abuse of any animal for any reason. I must admit I was naive when it came to the farming industry. I didn’t realize the truth about the torture of helpless animals and for what? to end up on our plates!! after watching the documentary on the PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk I have not been able to eat any kind of meat. The thought of it makes me sick to my stomach then I started thinking of what a hypocrit I was for saying that I loved animals cows are my favorite and not only was I allowing the abuse to go on but contributing to it financially. I thank you Ingrid for opening my eyes and I am proud to say that I am now a vegetarian and loving it.

  • kylie thompson says:

    Im blown away at how much I’ve changed in 3 months because of PETA. Just a year ago I bought a $75 raccoon fur trimmed hooded coat and felt bad ordering it but I never owned fur. I got it in the mail and cried when I touched the fur.. I’ve only worn it once since then. Now that I’ve been exposed to all the abuse I was so ignorant of im trying my hardest to do anything to show that raccoon respect by protecting its family and any other innocent animal. Im just getting my toes wet right now. Im in a wheelchair so I’ve got a surgery to go through and the second im good to go im diving head first into this fight for animals who are stripped of love and dignity. Its so exciting I’ve got my family interested in animal rights and it makes me wanna cry with excitement that I can be of any influence. O.A.R. Is an amazing band im always excited to see celebrities use their power to expose any hint of light on their fans. I’ve got shattered playing right now actually! thank you peta for opening not only my eyes but my heart. kylie

  • Pepsi One Is Fun says:

    I haven’t worn fur……so I guess that counts as fighting it. Free tshirt please.