Fur Coats to Be Packed and Sent to Freezing Syrian Refugees

PETA Is Boxing Up Hundreds of Donated Furs to Help Those Who Are Cold and in Desperate Need

For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2018

Contact:
Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va.What:    With chilly weather ahead, PETA is set to pack up 230 fur coats—each one donated by someone in the U.S. who has had a change of heart about the cruelty behind fur—on Thursday and ship them to Life for Relief and Development USA, an organization that helps Syrian refugees who have fled to Iraq.

When:    Thursday, November 1, 12 noon

Where:    PETA’s Sam Simon Center, 501 Front St., Norfolk

“PETA can’t bring back the rabbits, minks, and foxes who were caged and electrocuted for their fur, but we can still help those in desperate need,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages people everywhere to donate their fur or fur-trimmed coats to help those who have few options in life—the only people with any excuse to wear them.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that most animals used for fur spend their lives inside tiny cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves, before they’re electrocuted, gassed, or poisoned. Those who are trapped in the wild may suffer for days before trappers arrive to shoot, strangle, beat, or stomp them to death.

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