Protesters to Demand the Kooples ‘Break Up’ With Fur and Angora

PETA Protesters Will Point to Cruelty to Bunnies, Foxes, and Coyotes

For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

New York – Dozens of PETA members will descend on The Kooples’ New York store on Thursday, bearing signs demanding that the French retailer “break up” with fur and angora products. As recent PETA exposés have revealed, workers on angora farms tie rabbits down and rip the fur out of their skin, leaving behind bloody wounds, while the animals scream in pain. Rabbits and other animals killed for their fur are confined to cramped, filthy cages and are electrocuted or gassed or have their throats slit before they’re skinned.

Where:           The Kooples, 401 W. 14th St.

When:             Thursday, October 29, 12 noon

“PETA is calling on The Kooples to show a little love to the many animals killed and abused for every scrap of fur on its shelves,” says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “With consumers choosing stylish, cruelty-free clothing in droves, it’s long past time for this store to move with the times and join the many other high-end retailers who’ve already banned these cruel items.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – is calling on The Kooples to join Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Inditex and other designers and retailers who’ve taken fur and angora wool off their shelves and committed to permanent bans.

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