Montréal Woman Wins PETA ‘Outstanding Activist’ Award

Ashley Ollie Honored for Pushing Hundreds of Stores to Go Fur-Free, Taking On Canada Goose, and More

For Immediate Release:
December 20, 2019

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Montréal – For leading an anti-fur campaign that prompted TJX brands Marshalls and HomeSense to adopt a fur-free policy for their hundreds of stores across Canada, Ashley Ollie has been named one of PETA’s 2019 Outstanding Activists, a select group of top animal rights advocates across North America.

Ollie’s TJX campaign included phone calls to executives and protests outside its stores—tactics that she’s currently employing as she pushes Dolce & Gabbana Toronto and other brands to go fur-free, too. She has also teamed up with PETA to protest Canada Goose’s fur-and-feather jackets outside the company’s stores and its CEO’s home, led chants at animal rights marches in Canada and the U.S., distributed animal rights information at concerts, and more.

“Ashley Ollie has already made a world of difference for countless minks, foxes, and rabbits, and she’s just getting started,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is honoring her for making retailers listen to the many shoppers who don’t support killing and skinning animals for coats, collars, and cuffs.”

Earlier this month, PETA released video footage revealing that fur industry workers bashed rabbits with a metal pipe and hacked off their heads while they were still conscious, electrocuted chinchillas and snapping their necks, and subjected animals to other horrors on Russian farms. While brands like Canada Goose continue to sell fur, many other retailers and designers—including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Gucci, and Michael Kors—have banned it.

Each Outstanding Activist award winner will receive a plaque.

PETA’s motto is “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way,” and the group opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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