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Why Is This Soccer Player Sporting Nothing But Tats?

Written by Paula Moore | July 1, 2014

U.S. national team and Everton, England, soccer goalkeeper Tim Howard knows what it’s like to endure serious pain: He’s played with a dislocated finger and two broken bones in his back! But he also knows that that’s nothing compared to what animals experience at the hands of the fur industry. That’s why the New Jersey native was eager to show off his tats (and a whole lot more) for PETA’s latest “Ink, Not Mink” ad:

Tim Howard Ink Not Mink

What motivated Tim to join the lineup of top athletes—including Terrell Suggs, Willis McGahee, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Metta World Peace—who have signed up with Team PETA? “Protecting animals is very important to me, and I think speaking out against fur is an amazing cause,” he says. “When I see someone wearing fur, I just want to sit them down in front of one of PETA’s videos and show them just how badly animals suffer for this supposed fabric that no one needs.”

Tim knows that for every fur coat, collar, and cuff, animals suffered immensely. Every year, millions of foxes, rabbits, raccoons, minks, and other animals—even dogs and cats—are beaten, gassed, electrocuted, and skinned alive for their fur. Check out Tim’s exclusive interview to find out more, and if you haven’t already, sign PETA’s pledge to be fur-free.

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  • Curtis says:

    Fur-free is the way to be. Thanks, Tim!

  • May says:

    Hey Michael Vick, this is what a role model looks like – big muscles AND big compassion for ALL living creatures.

  • Patti Cameron Hensley says:

    THANK YOU AND EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT OUR BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS AND ISNT AFRAID TO BE VOCAL ABOUT IT UNTIL ALL ANIMALS ARE CAGE FREE CRATE FREE TANK FREE AND CHAIN FREE UNTIL THEY ARE NOT OUR FOOD ENTERTAINMENT OR TORTURED IN LABS AND FACTORY FARMING IS SHUT DOWN UNTL THEY ALL HAVE THE LOVE THEY DESERVE

  • sharon chang says:

    he looks d*** good without fur!

  • Meagan Rudy says:

    I love this “Ink, Not Mink” series, especially the one of Duff McKagan and his wife. The message is so true. Let us own ourselves in our skin, and let the animals keep theirs.

  • Teriqua Jones says:

    He is a great guy! It’s good to see an anti-fur message come from a professional athlete. They all should be called on to send this message. Especially the NFL with their FURRY Super bowl.

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