‘Rabbits,’ ‘Fox,’ and ‘Raccoon’ Will Ride the Subway in Fur-Free Holiday Shopping Appeal

PETA Pals to Promote Cruelty-Free Clothing From Chinatown to Dupont Circle

For Immediate Release:
December 15, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

WashingtonWhat:    It’s Christmastime in the city—and a fleet of PETA mascots, including two “rabbits,” a “fox,” and a “raccoon,” will hit the streets and the subway on Friday to encourage holiday shoppers to keep fur off their shopping lists. The costumed crusaders—along with human helpers wielding anti-fur signs and leaflets—will start near the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metro station at noon and then take the Red Line train to Dupont Circle.

When:    Friday, December 16 (The protesters will meet at Gallery Place at 12 noon sharp and descend into the subway promptly at 12:15 p.m., arriving in Dupont Circle around 12:30 p.m.)

Where:    Gallery Place–Chinatown station, 630 H St. N.W., near the Seventh and H streets N.W. entrance, and Washington

Dupont Circle station, 1525 20th St. N.W., near the Connecticut Avenue N.W. and Q Street N.W. entrance, Washington 

“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 offer animals a little comfort and joy this holiday season 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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