A PETA anti-fur demonstration!
I like making people feel comfortable and am the sort of person who
will wake up at 6 a.m. to cook a surprise breakfast for a friend
despite the fact that I don’t like waking up early. Doing things to
make others feel welcome and comfortable just feels right to me. And
confronting people to make them feel uncomfortable is not
something that comes naturally to me, but I am an animal rights
activist, and sometimes you need to be a voice in defense of those who
cannot speak for themselves.
For example, when I see someone standing next to me in line at a coffee shop in a fur coat, I immediately think, “Oh no, I am so not in the mood to talk to anyone, but I must.”
I then feel so outraged while staring at their coat that I think I
might explode. When I open my mouth to speak, however, it ends up just
being a polite, innocent, and quiet, “Excuse me. Is your coat a real
fur?” If the wearer actually fesses up and admits that it is, I usually
invoke a surprised look that is on the verge of tears and say something
like, “Oh no! If it were fake, I was going to tell you just how awesome
you were for making such a compassionate choice, but yikes! That’s a
lot of little bunnies!”
Depending on the way the conversation goes, I either politely yet
firmly mention that the animals who are bred in the fur industry are
kept in deplorable conditions and are anally electrocuted and then encourage them to donate their coat
to homeless people (who are the only people who have an excuse to use a
fur to keep warm, as they are unable to purchase coats for themselves),
or if the fur-wearer storms off when I start to explain all of this, I
just yell something like, “THERE’S NO EXCUSE!” or “FUR IS DEAD!”
Throughout the winter season, I also keep stickers and leaflets
in my coat pockets. Often when on the go and just briefly whisking by
someone in a fur, you only have time enough to hand them a leaflet. Do
be sure to fold the leaflet so that an image of a skinned animal is not
the first thing they see, as they will be unlikely to take it from you.
There are plenty of beautiful and warm alternatives to fur.
Search for cruelty-free clothing.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.