Artist Provides ‘Grim Reapers’ With Death Rattles for ‘Fur is Dead’ Rally

PETA Procession Will Shake It Up to Signal the Official Demise of a Dying Business

For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Los AngelesWhat:    On Thursday, four black-robed PETA “grim reapers” will descend on the Hollywood & Highland shopping center brandishing scythes and shaking death rattles created by a New Mexico–based artist as they surround a pile of “bloody,” donated fur coats. Their message from the underworld? “Fur Trade: Your Time Has Come.” The bone-chilling spectacle comes in the wake of Los Angeles’ historic decision last month to ban the sale of fur, becoming the largest city to do so.

 When:    Thursday, October 25, 12 noon

Where:    Main Entrance of Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

The death rattle artist, Karen Turner, is the founder of the Oz School in New Mexico. She has worked with orphans and victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and now turns her attention to ending the fur trade.

“Consumers, designers, retailers, and even entire cities are kissing fur goodbye, so PETA is celebrating 2018 as the year that the fur trade can be officially declared dead and gone,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s grim reapers are sounding the death knell because the days of beating and electrocuting animals to death or even skinning them alive are almost over.”

As revealed in PETA’s video exposé narrated by actor Eva Mendes, animals on fur farms in China—the world’s largest fur exporter—spend their entire lives confined to filthy wire cages that are so cramped that they can take only a few steps in any direction. Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including neck-breaking, suffocation, poisoning, and genital electrocution. Animals are sometimes still alive and struggling when workers hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear.” For more information, please visit

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