New Lights at Georgetown GLOW to Tell Shoppers How Animals End Up as Fur

PETA Wants BCBG to Drop Fur or Be Dropped From Holiday Shopping Lists

For Immediate Release:
December 11, 2014

Contact:
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Washington – PETA will join the Georgetown GLOW with an illuminated show of its own—highlighting for holiday shoppers why BCBG Max Azria’s sale of fur is out of touch with the holiday spirit. PETA members will display individual LED-lit letters to create a banner that reads, “BCBG FUR SHAME,” and will show horrifying video footage of how animals suffer and are killed on angora and fur farms.

When:   Friday, December 12, 6 p.m.

Where:  BCBG Max Azria, 3210 M St. N.W. (near the intersection with Wisconsin Avenue N.W.), Washington

“Most retailers won’t carry fur and angora because of consumers’ animal welfare concerns, but BCBG Max Azria has turned a deaf ear to the cries of the rabbits caught screaming on undercover film,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is calling on BCBG Max Azria to spare rabbits and other animals a lifetime of misery and a painful death by dropping these products from the rack.”

As PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” reveals in a graphic video targeting BCBG Max Azria, workers on angora rabbit farms in China—the source of 90 percent of the angora sold around the world—tie rabbits down and rip the fur out of their skin, leaving behind bloody wounds, while the animals scream in pain. Video footage from China also shows raccoon dogs slammed to the ground and beaten before their skin is peeled off. One animal even lifts his head and blinks after his skin has been removed. Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Inditex, Limited Brands, H&M, Gap Inc., and Victoria’s Secret have all completely banned both fur and angora.

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