U.S. Marshal Urged to Donate Furs From Felonies to the Homeless

Published by PETA.

When former congress member Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife pled guilty to using hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to pay for personal items like fur coats and capes, elk heads, and taxidermied animals, it effectively put an end to what was once a promising career—not to mention dozens of animals’ lives.

Now, in hopes of seeing some good come from this sad waste, PETA has asked the U.S. marshal to donate the furs to the homeless in Chicago instead of auctioning them off, as is reportedly planned.

Only people who are truly struggling to survive have any excuse for wearing fur. For every cuff, collar, piece of trim, or coat made from real fur, animals endured misery and died after being beaten, electrocuted, or even skinned alive. By donating the coats to the homeless, the U.S. marshal would underscore the importance of need over greed while giving back to the community in Illinois.

What You Can Do

We can’t give these animals their lives back, but we can prevent more from being killed. Please go fur-free—and encourage others to do the same.

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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