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Dear Furries, Please Don’t Wear Real Fur. Love, PETA

Written by PETA | May 21, 2009

Heads up, Pittsburgh: A menagerie of costumed wolves, rabbits, foxes, and other fake fauna are about to converge on your city.

And no, it has nothing to do with PETA.

Actually, it’s all about Anthrocon—the world’s largest “Furry” convention. OK, so if you don’t know what a Furry is, I know you’re dying to ask. In a nutshell, a Furry is a person who is totally into animal anthropomorphism (assigning animals human traits). I mean totally into it. We’re talking loving fictional animal characters so much that they often wear mascot-like costumes of their fave animals (think Crayola-colored cheetahs in cargo pants).

Which is where PETA came into the picture. Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t trying to harsh their mellow. We just wanted to make sure that convention-going “Fursuiters”—as they like to be called—weren’t parading around in the pelts of real animals. Here’s the letter we sent to them:

 

letter

 

Their response?

Dear Shawna:

Real fur is frowned upon at all furry conventions, in the same sense that leaping in front of speeding locomotives is frowned upon at comic book conventions.

Yours truly,

Samuel Conway, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO
Anthrocon, Inc.

Written by Amy Elizabeth

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  • Gato says:

    Hi! I’m a furry and I completely agree with you on this one, PeTA. Most furries who use fursuits will use fake fur. Unfortunately there are some (albeit very very few) who use real fur for tails or some other part of their fursuit.

  • lookharder says:

    I’m a furry and I wear a real tail I love it it’s beautiful but I worship my tail and at least I’m not showing it off as a trophy I don’t agree with who shot the fox but it’s dead now and has no need for it’s tail I see no reason why I shouldn’t wear such a beautiful thing for him

  • Shelby says:

    Hmmm, what I read and what you guys are posting are completely different. It simply looks like a letter from Peta ensuring that you not wear real pelts. That’s it. They end the letter with “love peta”. How is Peta as one person wrote “aimming your hate cannons”? Sounds like the ones with the hate cannons are the furries. I love animals and I don’t wear real fur. As a matter of fact, I even eat meat. Yep, I said it. I only eat grass raised chicken from here on the farm. No inhumane treatment, hormones, antibiotics or crammed cages. So. Although, I support my neice and her furrie fandom, I also support Peta to an extent and understand what they are trying to say. I see no hate here folks. Just a “hey guys, please don’t wear fur”. That’s it. Lighten-up on Peta a little.

  • AlexTheTiger says:

    Furs would never use real fur, we use fake fur and most furries support the protection of animals. I’ve been a furry for a long time (around 3 years) and been a supporter of peta since I was like 5.

  • Durpie_Hewvz says:

    Hey Tsukiyomaru Zero… It’s all good now, because they said the Mario thing was a “joke.” Unfortunately it just wasn’t a very funny one.

  • Tsukiyomaru Zero. says:

    ARE YOU DENSE OR WHAT?! It IS clear that the fursuits are made with faux fur! Every furry frowns upon the use of real fur, and God have mercy of whoever wears real fur and call themselves furry.

    Also, PETA, stob aimming your hate cannons at the wrong targets! Seriously, Mario accused of using raccoon-dog fur? If you studied japanese folklore, you would have realized the truth is that the leaf powerup is based on one of the many way kitsune and tanuki use to transform, while the “suit” itself was an icon for a full transformation!

    But “NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, we only want to protest and then decided to insult a FAMOUS GAME MASCOT!”. For GOODNESS SAKE!

    Start argetting senators, governators and any of those if you WANT to cause REAL impact!

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