Here’s How PETA Put Nearly 300 Donated Fur Coats to Good Use

Published by Zachary Toliver.

With chilly weather ahead, PETA’s fur coat donation program is in full effect. We boxed up 280 fur coats—each one donated by someone who had a change of heart about whom they’re wearing—and sent them to humans in need.

PETA Fur Coat Donation Program

PETA shipped 230 fur coats to Life for Relief and Development, an organization that helps Syrian refugees who’ve fled to Iraq. We personally dropped off the remaining 50 fur coats to St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen for its upcoming annual coat drive held at St. Rocco’s Roman Catholic Church in Newark, New Jersey.

PETA Fur Coat Donation Program

Animals killed for their skin, fur, and hair value their own lives—just as humans do—and don’t want to die.

Sure, humans may look different from minks, foxes, and other furry animals, but when it comes to important qualities, such as the ability to feel excitement, create family bonds, cherish life, and experience pain, we’re all the same.

Most animals used for fur spend their lives inside tiny cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves, before they’re electrocuted, gassed, or poisoned. Those who are trapped in the wild may suffer for days before trappers arrive to shoot, strangle, beat, or stomp them to death.

PETA can’t bring back the rabbits, minks, foxes, and other animals who were caged and electrocuted for their fur, but we can still help those in desperate need.

We encourage people everywhere to donate their fur or fur-trimmed coats to help those who have few options in life—the only people with any excuse to wear them. Clean out your closet and clear your conscience. Make a tax-deductible donation today by mailing your unwanted furs to:

Attn.: Fur Campaign

501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Help Shut Down the Fur Industry

Always choose something vegan to wear—not someone. With so many warm, comfy vegan options on the market, shopping cruelty-free is easy! Take PETA’s fur-free pledge and let companies that still kill animals for their skin and fur know that you won’t buy any item that’s stolen off someone’s back.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind