Fur Free Friday – Black Friday may be American retail’s biggest shopping day of the year, but the day after Thanksgiving also marks Fur-Free Friday.
With hundreds of fur-free PETA protests scheduled around the world this year, animals rights activists will tout the message that wearing fur fuels a deadly and inhumane industry that is far from glamorous.
In 2010 the U.S. retail fur sales hit $1.3 billion, a 3.1% increase from 2009, according to the Fur Information Council Of America.
The Humane Society writes, “On fur factory farms around the world, millions of raccoon dogs, rabbits, foxes, mink, chinchillas, and other animals spend their lives in wire cages, only to be killed by anal electrocution, by neck-breaking, or in gas chambers.”
PETA writes on its website:
When people learn that millions of innocent animals are beaten, boiled, hanged, and electrocuted for their fur every year; that each fur coat, each piece of fur lining or fur trim, and each fur cat toy represents the intense suffering of dozens of animals; and that furriers intentionally mislabel the fur of cats and dogs as fur from other species or as faux fur — then every decent human being will want to go fur-free.
To raise the profile of the anti-fur message, PETA’s iconic campaign, “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” has attracted a number of high profile celebrities to strip down in support of animal rights. Elisabetta Canalis is one of the most recent and memorable celebrities to bare it all for the animal rights organization.