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Donna Karan’s Night at the Village

Written by PETA | October 26, 2010

Right on the heels of our first anti-fur protest of the season, a PETA member took the stage at the Women’s Conference’s Night at the Village event in California to publicly take designer Donna Karan to task. Karan’s latest collections are made with real rabbit fur from China, so the protester made sure that the audience—which included Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Maria Shriver, Oprah Winfrey, Caroline Kennedy, and Diane Sawyer—learned about footage that was recently taken at a Chinese fur farm. The footage revealed that conscious rabbits had their throats cut and their heads and paws cut off with knives before their skin was peeled off their bodies like a sweater.

The PETA member pleaded, “Donna, please dump fur!” before being escorted from the stage.

You, too, can help prevent animals from being killed for their skins. Fur-Free Friday demonstrations are being planned right now, so sign up to hold one in your area! And please contact Donna now and get everyone you know to do the same.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Vegan says:

    Here’s an editable petition that is transmitted directly to DK’s execs: All are welcome to sign – thanks!

  • Carla* says:

    Thanks for the contact info!!

  • calderon_cc says:

    Hands down, I applaud the courage of the PETA representative! You deserve the utmost credit for that. And Donna needs to view the footage, then make her decision… and if she still wants to use it, I would suggest she be psychoanalyzed by a trained professional

  • Nora-V says:

    Thanks for taking action, friendbear! If you visit, you can send a letter directly to Carole Kerner, the president of DKNY, and Mark Weber, the Chairman and CEO. Your voice will be heard! – Nora, PETA

  • friendbear says:

    Tried to complain but dkny are replying to all emails with must be though the website emails. even though they WERE submitted by the site! heres a tip, publish a fax number, then use a free efax style online service to voice complaints. they cant say they didnt get through!

  • Tania says:

    Wearing fur is the coward’s way of caressing and stroking an animal…Stop wearing fur you wicked cowards!

  • j says:

    It must be said that Donna Karan is a brutish and nasty lot.

  • Sarah says:

    Wow well done sending the msg out there to such powerful people has got to help this industry has to be stopped the countless numbers of dogs cats rabbits foxs minks raccoon dogs seal pups and other animals skinned every year is a absolute disgrace to humanity. No one with a soul can watch that footage and not want to take action hopefully oprah and the others will use there public influence to shut this abomination down

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  • MARIMA says:

    dona karan used to be one of my favorite designer i emailed her already and i am no longer going to buy he product and all my friends and my familly wont either and am sure many more animal lovers will stop supporting you dona until you stop using animal skin fur please stop dona watch on you tube how animals are skinned and how poor rabbits scream and cry they sound like people think about it if you do have a heart stop it it s cruel and help peta fight againts animals cruelty ur designs are amazing u dont need to use animals skin or fur please stopppppp no animals deserve to loose there skin watch a video and you will understand how cruel people are all over the world just because animals can not talk it does not mean they do not feel pain thank you

  • Cathy says:

    Thank you, Great Job! Donna Please Dump Fur!

  • plfdjack says:

    I applaud that person–but as well as being a member of your organization, does she have a name? Sounds like she was acting on behalf of the animals as a courageous activist, more than on behalf of any organization.

  • Rabbitlover says:

    Stop this now! What have rabbits ever done to you? Shame on you!

  • Amy says:

    Donna please please give up using fur. do you know how it gets to your hands or do you just simply not want to know and take responsibility for the fact that your choice to use fur means these beautiful rabbits have to writh in pain and suffer tremendously for your vanity? its a seriously inhumane action.