Macy’s Meeting to Face Anti-Fur Protest

As a Shareholder, PETA Will Push Company to Stop Selling Fur, Which Comes From Abused and Terrified Animals

For Immediate Release:
May 17, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

CincinnatiWhat:    Dressed in business attire and a large fur coat, a PETA member will lie on a large red Macy’s star with her “bloody” foot caught in a trap while others hold signs outside Macy’s annual meeting on Friday. Inside the meeting, a representative of PETA—which holds shares in the company in order to put pressure on it—will ask Macy’s to stop selling fur from minks, foxes, chinchillas, beavers, rabbits, and other animals.

When:    Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.

Where:    Macy’s, Inc.; 7 W. Seventh St.; Cincinnati

“Fur is officially dead—most consumers, designers, and retailers want nothing to do with beating, electrocuting, and skinning animals alive for their fur,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Macy’s to get with the times and drop fur.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that six investigations in the last year alone have revealed that many animals killed for fur spend their entire lives inside tiny cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves. Animals trapped in the wild can suffer for days before dying of blood loss, frostbite, gangrene, or attacks by predators. Those who aren’t dead when the trappers return are typically shot, strangled, stomped on, or bludgeoned to death. Hundreds of top designers and retailers—including Armani, John Galliano, Gucci, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, and Versace—have dropped fur.

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