PETA Billboard Near Forever 21 Store Urges People to Steer Clear of Cruelly Obtained Wool Items and Shop Vegan
For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2019
Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382
Toledo, Ohio – As part of its nationwide campaign to inspire consumers to shop vegan, PETA has placed a billboard near the Forever 21 store at Franklin Park Mall that shows a sheep’s sweet face alongside the words “We’re Individuals. We’re Not Sweaters. Wear Something Vegan.”
The ad is located at 3824 Secor Rd. (near the intersection with Monroe Street) and will be up for four weeks.
“Just like us, sheep are flesh and blood, feel pain and fear, and value their lives,” says PETA Campaign Manager Christina Sewell. “PETA’s billboard encourages shoppers to opt for cozy and chic vegan clothing that no sheep were shorn bloody for.”
PETA and its affiliates have released 11 exposés of 99 sheep-shearing operations on four continents revealing that animals are beaten, stomped on, mutilated, and even skinned alive for wool. Because shearers are typically paid by volume, not by the hour, they’re driven to work quickly and carelessly. Strips of sheep’s skin—and even pieces of their ears—are cut or torn off during shearing, and gaping wounds are stitched up without any pain relief.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that a recently released study by the Higg Materials Sustainability Index ranked sheep’s wool, leather, and silk among the top five most environmentally damaging materials and found that alpaca wool is the number one offender.
The group is placing the ad on billboards in Boise, Idaho; Houston; Madison, Wisconsin; San Bernardino, California; and St. Louis. It’s also targeting Forever 21 with anti-wool ads on buses in Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, and Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, please visit PETA.org.