Mayor Arreguin to Accept PETA Award for Berkeley’s Fur Ban

Prohibition on the Sale of Real Animal Fur Nets Award and Rabbit-Shaped Vegan Chocolates for City Officials

For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2017

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Berkeley, Calif.What:    In honor of Berkeley’s new law that prohibits the sale of fur in the city, PETA will present Mayor Jesse Arreguin with a Compassionate City Award—along with a box of rabbit-shaped vegan chocolates. PETA’s iconic logo is a rabbit because rabbits are some of the most abused animals on the planet—including on fur farms.

When:    Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.

Where:    The office of Mayor Jesse Arreguin, 2180 Milvia St. (near Center Street), 5th Fl., Berkeley

“Millions of animals are caged, beaten, and skinned alive for coats, collars, cuffs, and pompoms that nobody needs,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is honoring Berkeley for banning these cruelly produced items and setting a progressive example for cities across the country to follow.”

The Berkeley City Council passed the law after an enthusiastic campaign by the Berkeley Coalition for Animals.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages before they’re electrocuted, gassed, or poisoned. Numerous top designers and retailers—including Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and many others—are 100 percent fur-free.

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