‘Rabbit,’ ‘Fox,’ and ‘Raccoon’ Will Ride the ‘L’ in Fur-Free Shopping Appeal

PETA Pals to Promote Cruelty-Free Clothing Along the Blue Line

For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2017

Contact:
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

ChicagoWhat:    Watch out, Windy City—a fleet of PETA mascots, including a “rabbit,” a “fox,” and a “raccoon,” will hit the streets and the “L” on Tuesday to encourage wintertime shoppers to keep fur off their shopping lists. The costumed crusaders—along with human helpers with anti-fur signs and leaflets—will start near the Clark/Lake station at 12 noon and then take the Blue Line to the Jackson station.

When:    Tuesday, January 10 (The protesters will meet at Clark/Lake at 12 noon sharp and descend into the station promptly at 12:15 p.m., arriving at the Jackson station around 12:30 p.m.)

Where:    Clark/Lake station, 124 W. Lake St., Chicago

Jackson station, 328 S. Dearborn St., Chicago

“PETA’s mascot pals will remind shoppers that every fur coat, collar, or cuff costs sensitive animals their lives,” says PETA Associate Director Ashley Byrne. “Caring people can show kindness to foxes, rabbits, and other animals by refusing to buy or wear fur.”

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 are 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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