150 Fur Coats From PETA Donors Go to Women’s Shelter

For Immediate Release:
December 29, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Washington – Tomorrow (Wednesday), the Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter, which is operated by D.C.’s Department of Human Services, will receive a special delivery from PETA’s D.C. office: 150 fur coats—each one donated by someone who had a change of heart about wearing fur.

When:    Wednesday, December 30, 12 noon

“PETA can’t bring back the rabbits, minks, and foxes who were cruelly caged or trapped and painfully killed for their fur, so we’re giving the coats to people here who can use them,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “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.”

Fur is an ugly business. Most animals used for fur spend their lives locked inside barren metal cages—frantically pacing, gnawing on the bars, and even mutilating themselves—before being electrocuted, gassed, or poisoned. Those who are trapped in nature may suffer for days with broken bones and wounds before trappers return to bludgeon them, shoot them, or kill them in some other violent manner.

PETA is currently holding protests against Canada Goose—which trims its parkas with the fur of wild coyotes caught in traps—and the few designers still clinging to animal pelts.

Including these 150, PETA will have donated over 500 fur coats to D.C.’s Department of Human Services and affiliated shelters in 2020 to help people in need.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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