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Ochocinco Wants You to 86 That Fur

Written by PETA | November 24, 2010

To be honest, I haven’t paid much attention to the NFL since Barry Sanders stunned the football world and retired, but even I know about Chad Ochocinco. Now, the Cincinnati Bengals’ mighty Number 85 has become the latest star to bare his impressive physique—and tats, of course—for PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” campaign. 

How bare? Well, since this is a family-friendly blog, here’s the PG version:

If you want to see more, you’ll have to check out  this feature.

So why does The Ultimate Catch want you to reject fur? “To tell you the truth, when I was younger growing up, I thought it was all fake―they didn’t really kill animals,” Chad said. “So once I found out what really happens, I had the opportunity to do this, so I really wanted to become part of it. “But I wanted to get involved with the campaign basically because I’m an avid animal lover. You know, I have pets of my own―I’ve had them since I was a little kid. Animals always want to pick you up, no matter what.”

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Elaine says:

    TOUCHDOWN PETA!!!!!! Sure got my attention! And a GREAT MESSAGE, too!

  • PETA says:

    re: Parkie. Chad Ochocinco has confirmed that he has not purchased a Bengal tiger: the tiger with whom he was recently photographed is not his, and any reports otherwise are false. Thank you for your concern.

  • parkie says:

    What’s more disturbing is that Ochocinco bought a pet tiger, gloated about it and posted a picture of his caged new prize online. Just search for it. Ocho is a media whore and nothing else. Shouldn’t PETA pull this ad?

  • TDIVA says:

    Come on people, do you honestly think Peta would have him hold a leather football. Its not leather!!!!! Please thoroughly investigate before you post comments. Wow if they had a brain they would be dangerous!!!!!

  • Val says:

    I’m so glad to know that there are some athletes out there who are noble, and of good character. Thank you so much for standing up for what’s right. (and what can I say about that picture except….WOW!!!!!)

  • Alex says:

    Synthetic materials are not without massive ethical and environmental problems. Any vinyl products e.g. PVC, and most petro-chemical products involve much pollution, which is bad for human and animals health by dirtying our environments. PVC and other products are therefore NOT cruelty free nor environmentally acceptable. I salute you for standing up against leather, but you need to acknowledge that the choices that remain are also hugely problematic.

  • malleryknox says:

    Oh my! He could put his cleats under my bed any day! The fact that he loves animals and refuses to wear fur just makes him hotter, if that’s even possible. It’s nice to see some eye candy for us women for a change!

  • Magenta says:

    Very happy to know Chad is an animal advocate. He seems to have a basically good heart.After seeing the horrors perpetrated on dogs by Micheal Vick,it’s good to know there are some athletes out there who respect animals.

  • allison a says:

    i think i just fell in love…sexy AND compassionate

  • Belle says:

    I had no idea the man was so gorgeous! I was blown away by the pants-less picture.

  • Audrey Hill says:

    This great granny thinks he’s awesome! If only I were 40 years younger! great ad – great message. Fur coats are worn by beautiful animals & ugly people.

  • Kimberly says:

    This is definitely very cool! But what about the animal glycerin in tattoo ink? I specifically request vegan ink from my artist; otherwise, all standard inks are not animal-friendly.

  • Michelle says:

    My friend made a great point on this ….that the football is made out of leather…….hmmmmm is the cow killed nicely when being made for footballs???

  • PopcornReady says:

    I’m a football player and I can tell you that is definitely not a leather football.

  • Woody McBreairty says:

    To people who eat to survive:  cows are killed for food by the millions. Their hides are used for to make footballs and other things instead of being thrown away. Wolves, minks, etc are not killed for food but are mercilessly and painfully slaughtered so selfish people can feed their egos. I am firm believer in red paint.

  • LG says:

    Thanks for letting us know that Chad’s football is non-leather! Much appreciated. I’m also really glad to see you using a man in this ad campaign. People are starting to grumble that the campaign is sexist by only featuring women. Keep it up! And please, keep the hotness coming!

  • PETA says:

    Chad Ochocinco is holding a non-leather football. You can be sure that PETA only features pleather and other synthetic materials in all of our PSAs. — PETA

  • JFRASE says:

    your awesome chad ily. sexy isnt fur- sexy is you in your own skin.

  • Jeff says:

    It’s great that so many people are concerned about the cruelty behind both fur and leather! Fortunately, there are plenty of nonleather footballs (and basketballs, soccer balls, etc.) out there now, and PETA has been working to get the pros to use them exclusively.

    If you’re having trouble finding leather-free sporting goods, check out the cruelty-free fashion shopping guide on PETA Living (just click the “Living” link at the top of the page).

  • rayofsunshine says:

    There was a statement on another website I saw that the football used in the photo shoot was made of synthetic material and not leather.

  • jaiwalk2000 says:

    I think that someone should come up with an alternative foot ball material, that will work as well or better than what they currently use.

  • poorpiggies says:

    While I commend him for speaking out against the use of fur, why would you have him holding a football in the photograph? Footballs are made of leather…so it’s ok to kill animals for sport but not to wear? That’s a little confusing

  • Pauline Rusert says:

    I find it ironic that Mr. Ochocinco is holding a football (made of cow leather) in an anti-fur ad, which sends a mixed message.

  • partlycloudy says:

    Wow where can I buy that poster (without the pants)? I like him as a football player, thought Chad was great as a dancer, and wow he’s also anti-fur, and icing on the cake, he’s gorgeous!

  • Confused says:

    Really admire Chad Ochocinco for this journey. Ok so I shared the not so PG version on Facebook, then went back and removed photo leaving link. I received a warning notice claiming that my post was offensive? Not OK, is facebook against what PETA believes.