At Peak of Holiday Shopping Season, PETA Will Confront Kansas City Store With Grotesque Look Into Fur and Angora Wool Farms
For Immediate Release:
December 22, 2014
David Perle 202-483-7382
Kansas City, MO –
What: Last-minute holiday shoppers in Kansas City will be greeted by PETA members, armed with life-like "skinned" animal props, outside BCBG Max Azria's store calling for an end to the sale of angora and fur, two items sold by the retailer despite a wide public outcry. "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. "Only a total Grinch would try to profit from the angora and fur that is ripped out of and peeled off conscious animals, and we're calling on the company to drop these vile products for good." 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. Where: BCBG Max Azria, 422 Nichols Rd. (at the intersection with Broadway Street), Kansas City When: Tuesday, December 23, 12 p.m. For more information, please visit PETA.org.