PETA Members to Confront Houston Store With Grotesque Look Into Fur and Angora Wool Farms
For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2015
Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382
Houston – Shoppers in Houston will get an eyeful on Wednesday, courtesy of PETA members who will be armed with life-like “skinned” animal props as they gather outside BCBG Max Azria’s store to call for an end to the sale of angora and fur, two items sold by the retailer despite a wide public outcry.
When: Wednesday, January 28, 12 p.m.
Where: BCBG Max Azria, 1201 Fannin St. (at the intersection with Dallas Street), Houston
“If BCBG Max Azria won’t take heed of the consumers who refuse to buy fur and angora wool, maybe the graphic evidence of what every fur coat leaves behind will encourage the company to listen,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on BCBG to stop selling the angora and fur that are ripped out of and peeled off conscious animals.”
As PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—reveals in its graphic video exposé, workers on angora rabbit farms tie rabbits down and rip the fur out of their skin, leaving behind bloody wounds, while the animals scream in pain. Raccoon dogs on fur farms are slammed to the ground and beaten before their skin is peeled off. One animal in the video even lifts his head and blinks after his skin has been removed. Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Inditex, Limited Brands, H&M, Gap Inc., and Victoria’s Secret have all completely banned both fur and angora.