Protesters to Brandish a Skinned ‘Fox’ and ‘Rabbit’ Outside Fur Store

PETA and Justice for Animals Will Encourage Cruelty-Free Shopping This Winter

For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2017

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

PittsburghWhat:    Holding a realistic skinned “fox” and “rabbit” as well as signs that proclaim, “Here’s the Rest of Your Fur Coat,” supporters of PETA and Pittsburgh’s Justice for Animals will lead a spirited protest outside a Pittsburgh fur store on Tuesday.

When:    Tuesday, January 24, 12 noon

Where:    Carl W. Herrmann Furs, 634 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh

“Every fur coat, collar, or cuff has a bloody past,” says PETA Associate Director Ashley Byrne. “PETA and Justice for Animals are calling on shoppers to ditch archaic caveman couture in favor of modern, cruelty-free designs.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that most animals used for fur spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages until they’re bludgeoned, poisoned, electrocuted, or even skinned alive. That’s part of why a growing number of top designers and retailers—including Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Topshop, Zara, Urban Outfitters, Gap Inc., J.Crew, and many more—are all fur-free.

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