Dance Troupe's Provocative Performance Targets Use of Animal Skins at Fashion Week
For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2014
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
New York – In a dramatic dance protest during New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, a woman wearing a fur coat outside Lincoln Center will be sniffed, stalked, and bitten by the masked “animals” she’s wearing, and then her limp body will be carried off. The dancers, a modern jazz group led by James Koroni of Enforced Arch, are taking to the street on PETA’s behalf to encourage passersby—including the models, designers, and shoppers in town for Fashion Week—to leave fur out of their wardrobes.
When: Tuesday, February 11 (The performance begins at 12 noon sharp.)
Where: Outside Lincoln Center (on Columbus Avenue, between 63rd and 64th streets), New York
“The dance troupe is illustrating the shocking violence of the fur industry in a creative way to engage Fashion Week attendees,” says PETA campaign specialist Ashley Byrne.
On fur farms, animals spend their entire lives in tiny, filthy cages before they are poisoned, bludgeoned, electrocuted, or even skinned alive. In China—which is now the world’s largest fur exporter—video footage shows rabbits watching as other rabbits have their throats cut and their heads and paws cut off with knives before their skin is peeled off their bodies.
Many top fashion designers and retailers—including Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and Tommy Hilfiger—are 100 percent fur-free.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.