PETA ‘Fashion Police’ to Crack Down on Animal Skins at NYFW

It Will Be a Bust for Fashion Felons Dressed in Fur, Leather, Wool, and Exotic Skins

For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New YorkWhat:    Uniformed in vegan leather miniskirts, high-heeled boots, and police hats—and holding signs that read, “Wearing Animal Skins Is a Fashion Felony”—PETA’s “fashion police” will hit the West Village on Wednesday during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and issue tickets to anyone caught wearing fur, leather, wool, or exotic skins.

When:    Wednesday, February 14, 12 noon

Where:    The intersection of W. Houston and Washington streets, New York

“Wearing someone else’s skin violates the code of common decency,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s ‘fashion cops’ are encouraging Fashion Week crowds to choose vegan clothing, shoes, and accessories that are both chic and kind to 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 filthy wire cages before they’re electrocuted, gassed, poisoned, or even skinned alive for their fur. Sheep are beaten and kicked by wool-industry workers, cows’ throats are slit before their skin is cut off for leather, and for handbags and fashion accessories, reptiles’ necks are hacked open and metal rods are jammed through the conscious animals’ spines.

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