Protesting 'Sheep' to Hit Hampton at Height of Holiday Shopping Season
For Immediate Release:
November 30, 2018
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Hampton, Va. – Dressed in “bloody” white clothes and wearing sheep masks, a group of PETA protesters will gather outside the Forever 21 store in Hampton on Sunday with signs proclaiming, “#Never21” and “Sheep Suffer for Wool,” to urge holiday shoppers to avoid the brand until it agrees to stop selling wool.
When: Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m.
Where: Forever 21, 3460 Von Schilling Dr., Hampton
The protests follow two new PETA video exposés recorded on sheep farms in Australia, the world’s largest exporter of wool and a source of wool used by Forever 21. Workers are shown beating petrified sheep in the face, deliberately mutilating them, and cutting the throats of fully conscious animals. The videos are PETA’s 10th and 11th exposés of the global wool industry since 2014, all of which the group has shared with Forever 21—but the company has refused to act.
“Sheep are beaten and mutilated for wool sweaters, coats, and scarves, and Forever 21 is profiting from this cruelty to animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on caring people to give sheep some peace on Earth this holiday season by choosing only wool-free, vegan apparel.”
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” and broadcast-quality video footage from PETA’s exposés is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.