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PETA Intern’s Protest Pops

Written by PETA | November 10, 2009

As a PETA intern, I’ve had the opportunity to tour several cities protesting everything from the dairy industry to glue traps. But the most attention-grabbing of all the tours I’ve taken part in involved setting up a steel-jaw trap in cities throughout the Midwest, including Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, and Lansing.


That’s me on the left!


Every year, millions of animals are drowned, gassed, electrocuted, and even skinned alive to produce fur coats and trim, yet there are no federal laws to protect animals on fur farms. Covered in blood and wearing a fur coat that was donated to PETA, I had the opportunity to educate people about the horrors of the fur industry by pretending to be trapped like an animal captured for his or her fur.


I was able to walk away from the trap unharmed. Animals aren’t so lucky.


Some passersby looked on in fear, some stopped to make sure I was breathing, and others thanked us for speaking up for animals. One guy even purchased a vegetarian lunch because of our demonstration.


I’m glad that my participation inspired one person—if not many—to be more compassionate.


Many top retailers and designers refuse to sell or work with fur, but callous designers such as Giorgio Armani ignore the fact that synthetics are more practical and just as luxurious—not to mention cruelty-free.

My PETA internship has been a tremendous experience that’s allowed me to educate people about the fur industry, meet concerned citizens from around the country, and fight for the rights of animals everywhere. How about you give it a go?

Written by PETA intern Stephanie Boardmen

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  • sonny boyman says:

    WOW! That’s my aunt! Way to go!

  • Melissa Gomes says:

    I love it! I truly believe that if you have any humanity in you and see exactly how animals are treated for our clothing needs more people would be boycotting the industry. I do have to say did any of you watch The View yesterday Sherri came out in a mink coat I was sick to my stomach how they all rallied around her and made it look like it was okay. I promptly wrote a letter to the producers and wish I could be outside their studio today to show her the images of her mink coat being made!! Keep up the work!!!

  • VANESSA says:

    This protest is very informative gets the point home Great Job!

  • Shari says:

    OhStephanieYOU ROCK! Power to the people. Power to Stephanie! Thank you so much for going out there taking it to the streets! This is why we make the diffrence. This is why PETA is the best! Thanks for the great pictures. It will inspire people to get off the couch into action!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Traps that painfully maim cripple and kill innocent sentiient creatures are used by human sadists and they were created by human sadists.

  • NT says:

    Armani has a special place reserved for him in HELL….

  • Jackie says:

    I see so when a PETA Intern participates in a protest the clothes stay on.

  • Tom says:

    Is that guy holding a real skinned animal corpse?

  • Chuck Piorkowski says:

    Ive seen videos about fur and they are horrible! How ANYONE could do that to an animal is beyond me.