Step Away From the Snakeskin

Published by PETA.

Wrongdoers, watch out—wearing animals’ skins and fur is a total (and literal) rip-off, but PETA, as always, is on the case! October has been declared Crime Prevention Month by the National Crime Prevention Council, and we’re glad to do our part here at The PETA Files—after all, it’s the least any animal advocate could do for a group whose symbol is a dog.

What happens to animals who are killed for their skins may not be illegal in many places (yet), but it’s a flagrant violation of their rights. Confined to cages, caught in steel-jaw traps, subjected to cruel abuses, nailed to trees, suffocated, electrocuted, gassed, poisoned, bludgeoned, hanged, and often skinned alive—together, it’s a crime against common decency.

PETA (and Pals) on Patrol

So PETA’s walking the beat and throwing the book at offenders. The fabulous PETA “fashion police”—gotta love a cop in pleather!—hit the city streets to hand out tickets for leathery larceny and felony fur-flaunting. They’ve even braved that most hostile of precincts, New York Fashion Week, where they issued a citation to the cruelest of all fur hags, Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, proving that they never miss the meaner misdemeanors.

Some of PETA’s famous friends are taking on crime-busting duties, too. Pink and Ricky Gervais use their voices to call out the skin trade for what it really is—theft—in PETA’s attention-getting “Stolen for Fashion” video, while Tim Gunn reminds everyone that these aren’t victimless crimes. Then there’s the animals’ own wonder woman, Pamela Anderson, who gets the message across that “cruelty doesn’t fly” (with a little help from Steve-O, Andy Dick, and Carol Leifer) as only she can:

What You Can Do

Keep on the straight and narrow—sign PETA’s pledge that you’ll shed everyone’s skin but your own!

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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