PETA gives furs to Liberty in aid of the homeless
The animal rights campaigners team up with the London department store in a charitable Christmas campaign
As a result of PETA's long-standing work to bring attention to the cruelty behind the fur trade, the public have expressed their support for the cause by donating their furs to the organisation. Celebrities who have contributed include Mariah Carey, Debbie Harry and Kim Cattrall.
This year, PETA has donated the coats to Liberty, which also maintains a strict no-fur policy, for the store's yearly Wrap Up London campaign. The coats are being distributed to homeless people across London until 17 November, in time for the British winter.
"Thanks to dozens of donors who dumped their furs in favour of kindness, PETA is able to send a vital message about having compassion for animals this winter – and that only people desperately lacking basic necessities have any excuse to wear fur," said PETA director Mimi Bekhechi.
PETA organised a similar drive last year, donating 100 fur coats to the homeless of Detroit in the United States. Items from their fur collections are also used to provide bedding for needy animals, or even shipped out to women and children in sub-Saharan Africa.
As PETA explains on its website: "It may be too late to save the life of the animals who died to make the coat, but by sending it to us, we can put it to good use to help save the lives of countless more animals in the future." The Wrap up London campaign collected 15,700 coats from individuals and businesses in 2013 and organisers are looking forward to receiving even more this year.
To donate your fur coat (and let's face it, owning one in this part of the world is pretty silly), visit PETA's website.