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Socialites Say Good Riddance to Fur

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan | November 16, 2011

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What do you give a beautiful and charming New York socialite for her birthday? Fur coats, of course. At her birthday luncheon today, Cornelia Guest and her well-wishers donated dozens of their own coats—made from foxes, chinchillas, rabbits, minks, and other animals—to PETA’s fur coat giveaway program for the homeless.

PETA Vice President Dan Mathews was on hand to collect the furs and said, “Fur used to be a uniform in high society, but that’s all changing, and nobody illustrates that better than Cornelia.”

After the vegan birthday cake was served, Cornelia spoke about the hideous cruelty of the fur industry. She said of fur-wearing among members of high society, “It’s the fire-hydrant syndrome. Once one dog lifts his leg, they all follow!”

Cornelia also unveiled her new ad for PETA’s iconic “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign to convince others to swear off fur furever. Her ad will hit New York’s streets during the busy holiday-shopping season to remind shoppers that compassion is the fashion.  

If you or anyone you know has fur coats moldering away in their closets, why not follow the example of Cornelia and her friends and donate them to PETA? We’ll mark them so that they can’t be resold and give them to the homeless for a little extra warmth this winter. Remember: Even a little bit of fur trim means a world of suffering for animals on fur farms or who are trapped in the wild.

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  • tom moore says:

    Thank you.

  • Kipluck says:

    You commenters are honestly HORRIBLE PEOPLE.  PETA takes a break from being wacky and irrational to promote something that makes sense and you argue the point.  Do I buy fur? NOPE. I’m not going to have animals killed for my vanity. But BURN the fur coats that could be used to SAVE LIVES?!  Why allow homeless people to die of cold exposure? It’s not going to save the lives on the animals who’s fur their are wearing, they are already DEAD.  It’s NOT “teaching” homeless people to wear fur… maybe the homeless are different where YOU live, but where I live homeless people can’t AFFORD furs. And they are being marked so they can’t be resold… and basically taking VANITY out of the equation.  ”So its ok to wear fur coats if your homeless????” YES, I would say IT’S okay to wear other people’s fur coats to save your life if YOU’RE homeless.

  • CN says:

    I think it’s great to give them to the homeless. It serves three purposes: first, it helps a homeless person; second, it makes fur look less fashionable; and third, it means that that poor, suffering animal didn’t have to die in complete vain. Burning it wouldn’t help anybody.

  • Liz says:

    @ kel & Kar Kho. If the pelts are burned, then the animals died in vain. Rather than dispose of them, they should be given to those who cannot afford warmth this winter, so those people do not freeze to death. It is the lesser of the two evils, trying to make something good out of something so horrible, you know? I believe the grand point they are trying to make is that fur is no longer a status symbol, and that rather than keep the fur trade in business by buying more items made from flesh and fur, cease and donate what you have to those who are less fortunate, so the pelts don’t go to waste. It’s not ideal(which would be the end of the fur industry, but it’s making the best of an unnecessary death.

  • Kar Kho says:

    I understand you don’t want people to wear fur coats, but why would you give fur coats to homeless people??? That means they won’t understand the meaning of the skinning of animals if you are giving them the fur coats. I think you all should collect the fur cpats and BURN them.

  • kel says:

    So its ok to wear fur coats if your homeless????