I’ve teamed up with PETA again to remind the holiday shopping crowd that there’s nothing fashionable about wearing animals’ skin. I headed down to London’s Carnaby Street dressed up as Santa’s helper, to remind people to keep it fur free under the Christmas tree.
More than 85 per cent of the fur sold today comes from facilities where minks, foxes and other animals are locked up for their entire lives before being killed for their skins. Numerous investigations of fur farms across many fur-producing countries have documented atrocities – including animals with eye infections, sores on their feet from filthy wire cages, missing limbs and festering, untreated open wounds (some so deep that their brains are visible); babies kept in cages with the rotting corpses of their mothers; and animals who exhibit neurotic behaviour as a result of psychological damage.
Many top fashion designers, including Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Westwood, are 100 per cent fur-free. Keep off the “Naughty” list, and make sure that your holiday shopping is full of Christmas cheer for humans and animals alike.