Bodypainted ‘Animals’ to Make Vegan Plea, Blast Animal-Derived Fashion

Plus-Size PETA Models Will Hold Body-Positive, Pro-Animal Celebration in Honor of International Women's Day

For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2019

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Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – To mark International Women’s Day (March 8), a bevy of plus-size PETA models bodypainted to resemble a goose, a sheep, a rabbit, a fox, a crocodile, and a cow, respectively, will descend on ritzy Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, to protest the use of animals for clothing. They’ll hold signs with slogans including “All Bodies Deserve Respect,” “Love the Skin You’re In,” and “Not Your Body? Not Your Choice.”

When:    Friday, March 8, 12 noon

Where:    Intersection of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way, Beverly Hills

“Every animal-derived clothing item and accessory represents the extreme suffering and gruesome death of a sensitive living being,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on people to show respect for everyone’s bodily autonomy by opting for exclusively high-quality vegan fashion.”

Cows killed for leather endure castration, tail-docking, and dehorning without any pain relief; sheep are beaten, stomped on, and mutilated for wool; animals killed for their fur spend their lives inside cramped cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves; and in the down industry, birds’ throats are slit and some of the animals are scalded to death in defeathering tanks, often while still conscious. A PETA video exposé of crocodile farms in Vietnam shows workers hacking into thrashing crocodiles’ necks and ramming rods down their spines as blood pours from the wounds.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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