PETA Donates More Than 200 Fur Coats to Afghans in Need

Discarded Furs Used to Help Those in Desperate Need

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2020

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Every year, PETA receives hundreds of unwanted fur coats from kind people who no longer want to support the cruel fur industry—so the group put more than 200 of the coats to good use by sending them to Life for Relief and Development for distribution among Afghans in Kabul, Afghanistan. Video footage and images are available here.

“Nothing can bring back the rabbits, minks, and foxes who were caged and killed for their fur, but the coats that they died for can at least be used for good,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to donate their fur or fur-trimmed coats to help those who have but few options in life—the only people with any excuse to wear them.”

Life for Relief and Development CEO Dr. Hany Saqr says, “With all of those that are less fortunate around the world, we at Life, were honoured to be able to work with PETA to give warmth during the harsh winter to those in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that most animals used for fur spend their entire lives inside cramped cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves before they’re electrocuted, gassed, or poisoned. Those who are trapped in nature may suffer for days before trappers arrive to shoot, strangle, beat, or stomp them to death.

PETA’s fur coat donation program also sends unwanted furs to homeless shelters or wildlife rehabilitation programs (to be used as bedding for orphaned animals) or uses them in informative displays.

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