PETA Statement re Sustainability of Fur vs. Faux Fur

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2015

Every fur coat should come with a warning label that screams, “Toxic to animals and the environment!” It takes more than 15 times the energy to produce a farmed-fur coat than a synthetic-fur coat, and the chemicals used to prevent animals’ flesh from rotting pollute the air and water near tanneries and make workers and local residents sick. PETA encourages eco-minded shoppers to steer clear of the chemically treated skins of animals who were beaten, electrocuted, or even skinned alive—and to choose natural, plant-based fabrics such as cork leather, bamboo or Tencel blends, and soy silk.

— PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange

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