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Published on November 27th, 2008 | by Melissa Elliott

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PETA to Give Away Fur Coats to the Homeless

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Many people including Mariah Carey, Kim Catrall, and Sharon Osbourne have been sickened by exposés of animals on fur farms, resulting in the donation of thousands of fur coats to PETA. On November 28th, under a sign stating “Free Fur Coats,” PETA and A Better Place will hand out dozens of fur coats to some of New York’s neediest people.

In the past, PETA has used donated furs in library displays, anti-fur fashion shows, street theater, and other educational events designed to convince consumers that animals should never be “fashion victims.” Now, the animal rights group is giving them to the homeless.

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PETA and PETA Europe have previously distributed fur coats to the homeless throughout the U.S., UK, and Canada. The groups have also shipped donated furs to war widows and orphans in Iraq, Afghan refugees, and to needy people living in the mountains of Lesotho.

“We can’t bring these animals back, but we can send a message that only people truly struggling to survive have any excuse for wearing fur,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.

On fur farms, minks and other fur-bearing animals are confined to tiny, filthy cages, where they suffer physical pain and psychological stress before they are killed using crude, painful methods. PETA has revealed abuses found during an undercover investigation at a fur farm in China–the world’s leading exporter of fur.

For more information on the fur industry, visit FurIsDead.com.
Donate unwanted furs by calling PETA’s hotline, 1-888-FUR-AWAY.

Photo Credit: echoforsberg on Flickr under Creative Commons license.


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Melissa Elliott is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. Her personal blog, TheUrbanHousewife.com, documents her culinary adventures from her kitchen to vegan food around the world. When she's not glued to her computer or on the road, she loves to spend time with her husband, Ryan, cats Beamish & Scurvy, and beloved chihuahua, Strummer.



  • http://aguidaequesabe.blogspot.com Guida

    Well, yes, we can undo what’s been done to those poor animals, so it would be a bigger disrespect if we were throwing the coats away. At least, now they’re being used for a good purpose!

    Kisses from Lisbon

    P.S. – I’m against buying fur, but I got some old stuff from my grandma and I think that it’s worse if I spoil or don’t use them. So, yes, as far as they look nice I’m using them. But I’d never buy fur.

  • http://aguidaequesabe.blogspot.com Guida

    Well, yes, we can undo what’s been done to those poor animals, so it would be a bigger disrespect if we were throwing the coats away. At least, now they’re being used for a good purpose!

    Kisses from Lisbon

    P.S. – I’m against buying fur, but I got some old stuff from my grandma and I think that it’s worse if I spoil or don’t use them. So, yes, as far as they look nice I’m using them. But I’d never buy fur.

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