Mar 25, 2010
Strip-freeze: Nearly naked anti-fur protesters brave cold
Mar 25, 2010
COPENHAGEN (AFP) — Two nearly naked demonstrators from animal rights group PETA braved chilly temperatures to demonstrate in front of a Copenhagen fur store Wednesday 24 March.
"We want to bring attention to the fashion industry ... Fox and other animals are kept in cramped and filthy cages in fur farms before they are gassed, poisoned, suffocated or even electrocuted," one of the activists, Virginia Fort of the United States, told AFP.
Fort and a colleague distributed tracts in the five-degree-Celsius (41 degree-Fahrenheit) weather, wearing just underpants and body paint to make them look like foxes without fur.
"Only animals should wear fur," they shouted to passers-by, waving placards with the same message.
Denmark is the world's leading producer and exporter of furs, holding about 40-45 percent of the global mink market, 60 percent of the chinchilla market and 10 percent of the fox market.
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