PETA Supporters Will Ask Visitors to Drop Wool, Fur, Angora
For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2015
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Syracuse, N.Y. – Two nearly naked PETA supporters—a “rabbit” and a “fox”—will take to the ice at the Clinton Square Ice Rink on Wednesday bearing signs proclaiming, “Be Kind—Wear Vegan.” Their point? To remind visitors to think twice about the true cost of leather, fur, and angora wool clothing and accessories.
Where: Clinton Square Ice Rink, W. Genesee and S. Clinton streets, Syracuse
When: Wednesday, March 11, 12 p.m.
“Most consumers would be appalled if they knew that gentle rabbits, sheep, foxes, and even dogs and cats are bludgeoned and otherwise cruelly killed for their skins,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on caring people to stay warm with faux fur and faux wool—and leave skins on animals this winter.”
Video footage from an exposé of China’s angora industry shows that workers tear chunks of fur from rabbits’ skin as the animals scream in pain. Cows destined to be killed for leather endure painful mutilations, and PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—released an exposé that revealed a thriving dog-leather industry in China, in which workers club dogs and peel off their skin to make women’s dress gloves and other products that are exported around the world. And in the U.S. and Australia—the source of 90 percent of the world’s merino wool—sheep are cut, kicked, and punched by impatient shearers.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.