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What Do You Mean?! Fur in Football?!

Written by PETA | July 30, 2008

We at PETA have just heard that the organizers of a fashion show sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame are planning to include real fur in the show. Now—ignoring the question of what football has to do with a fashion show in the first place—why would the Hall of Fame want to be associated with the cruelty of fur farms?

We’re sure that the director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will change his mind about fur once he reads our letter, which is printed below. I mean, the Hall of Fame isn’t knowingly supporting the fur industry, right? We hope not!

Ron Dougherty, Interim Executive Director
Professional Football Hall of FameDear Mr. Dougherty: On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I am writing to urge you to pull all real fur from this Friday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Fashion Show Luncheon.Dozens of designers and retailers—including Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Marc Bouwer, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor, and Jones New York—refuse to use or sell fur. Long recognized as a leader in fashion, Polo Ralph Lauren also recently announced that it would no longer use fur in any of its apparel or home collections. You might be interested to learn that animals trapped for their fur can suffer for days in steel traps before dying of exposure, frostbite, shock, or infection. Mothers who are desperate to return to their young will even chew off a limb in a desperate attempt to free themselves. Trappers eventually return and strangle, stomp, or bludgeon the survivors to death. On fur farms, animals spend their lives in barren, filthy wire cages, exposed to all weather extremes. They often go without adequate shelter, clean water, or veterinary care (even for severe injuries, including broken bones). Unable to escape and deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, animals often go insane from these conditions. Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available. Many animals are electrocuted by having rods inserted into their rectums or vaginas, and others are beaten, gassed, or suffocated to death. These crude killing methods aren’t always effective, and sometimes animals regain consciousness while the skin is being ripped off their bodies. Please take a few minutes to watch this brief video about fur production to see why fur is unacceptable. No organization wants to be associated with blatant cruelty to animals. I think you’ll agree that this is a serious matter that deserves your immediate attention. Thank you.Sincerely,Dan Shannon, Assistant DirectorPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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  • Yeah says:

    Isn’t a football made out of pigskin? Why aren’t you protesting that? Go protest football and let me know where that gets you.

  • Angela Brooke-Ward says:

    Another example of lack of awareness and indifference to cruelty fear and misery that other beings suffer at the hands of human beings. Angela BrookeWard

  • Jan Graveson says:

    This is rediculous! If this man does not read the details and check out the fur video then he should not be leading anything or in a position to make decisions at all. Integrating the use of fur into anything is wrong but certainly mixing it up in the likes of football. Perhaps he is trying to woo the footballers wives who quite often seem oblivious to animal cruelty as long as they have the ‘in thing’….

  • Alyssa says:

    Honestly I’m not a big fan of football anyway. With this happening in the NFL I dislike the sport even.

  • Danyl says:

    you would think with all the problems that the NFL had with “Vick” ….they would decide that this was a wrong direction for them to move in???

  • nicole says:

    fur is disgusting and i can’t believe people can wear that shit when there are so many people out there that oppose it not enought clearly!. good on peta for bringing these problems to our attention and acting to help stop them

  • Natalie says:

    Wow you would think that with all of the light shined on “Vick” that they would be more sensitive about compassion towards animals? BUT NOOOOO they got’sa gooo get all wooly mamoth on us dont they!

  • lynda downie says:

    Great letter Dan. I hope Mr. Dougherty takes it to heart.

  • liliana says:

    Thanks to peta that work hard for animals.

  • Ken says:

    My wife and I are huge football fans. Thanks for bringing this up. We’ll contact the NFL as well.

  • laura says:

    I think this is a good start but it would be much more effective if there were a way to make the video play automatically that way we know for sure the readers can see why wearing fur is unacceptable rather than hope he or she will click on the link. But then again the readers might click close before they even get to the message. I can’t believe this is still happening to these amazing creatures! How can people sleep at night?

  • Carla says:

    Very strange football would even sponsor such an event!?? Thanks for writing that letter though Dan I’m sure with a little education he’ll change his mind.

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