For Immediate Release:
November 7, 2019
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Las Vegas – During the lead-up to the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, PETA Latino representatives will be backstage in the official talent gift lounge at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to award luxury leather-free, vegan handbags from Gunas New York to presenters and performers, with custom engraved, tiger-shaped keychains emblazoned with the message “Compassion is key: Don’t take selfies with wild animals.” Among those expected to attend are Ricky Martin, Roselyn Sánchez, Vicente Fernández, Juanes, and Natalia Jiménez.
“This chic gift set from PETA Latino and Gunas New York will have kind entertainers singing the praises of animal-friendly travel experiences and vegan handbags, which are soft, stylish, and spare gentle cows the slaughterhouse knife,” says PETA Latino Senior Manager Alicia Aguayo. “PETA Latino hopes to turn today’s biggest musicians into animals’ biggest defenders by inspiring them to steer clear of animal skins and wild-animal selfies.”
The animal agriculture industry, which includes leather production, is one of the leading contributors to deforestation and climate change and has catastrophic effects on wildlife. Animals used for leather are frequently kept in crowded, filthy feedlots before being trucked in all weather extremes to slaughterhouses, where their throats are slit. And sham “sanctuaries” frequently buy or breed wild animals, prematurely tearing the babies from their mothers to use them for cruel photo ops, which can be very stressful for them.
PETA Latino’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear [or] use for entertainment,” and we oppose speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETALatino.com.