Fur-Free Friday Summons PETA’s ‘Grim Reapers’

Animal Advocates Will Hold Funeral for the Dying Fur Industry Outside Philadelphia Macy's Store

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Philadelphia – On Fur-Free Friday (November 23), four black-robed PETA “Grim Reapers” will descend on Macy’s Center City store—which sells fur—to brandish scythes and shake death rattles 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 to ban the sale of fur and Jean Paul Gaultier’s announcement that he’s finally going fur-free after years of PETA protests.

When:    Friday, November 23, 1:30 p.m.

Where:    Outside Macy’s, 1300 Market St. (at the intersection with 13th Street), Philadelphia

“Consumers, retailers, designers, and even entire cities are kissing fur goodbye, so PETA is celebrating 2018 as the year 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 and even skinning them alive for their fur 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 lives confined to tiny, filthy wire cages. 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 PETA.org.

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