PETA Partners With Homeless Shelter to Give Fur Coats to the Needy

Chicago's Matthew House Will Help Distribute Unwanted Furs

For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

With chillier temperatures on the horizon, PETA is teaming up with Matthew House to distribute more than 100 fur coats—donated by people who’ve had a change of heart about the cruelty behind fur production—to women in need residing at the homeless shelter.

Where:           Matthew House, 3722 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago

When:             Thursday, January 14, 9:30 a.m.

“Thanks to dozens of kind people who dumped fur in favor of cruelty-free garments, PETA is offering a helping hand to those in desperate need: the only people with any excuse to wear fur this winter,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “We’re calling on caring people everywhere to consider parting with their cruelly produced fur coats to help those who have very little.”

PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” will distribute coats in multiple cities this winter. Most animals used for fur are forced to spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages, without access to basic necessities like food and clean water. In China—the world’s largest exporter of fur—undercover investigations have revealed that rabbits on fur farms are hung upside down, screaming and kicking, and forced to watch those ahead of them die violently before their own throats are cut.

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