PETA ends sexy ‘I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur’ campaign

PETA ends sexy ‘I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur’ campaign

Less fur is flying these days among animal rights activists.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has announced that it will discontinue its "I prefer to undress myself than wear skins" campaign, a 30-year effort to fight the fur industry by presenting celebrities, and their strategically placed limbs, in nude photos next to the slogan .

PETA, which targets the alleged abuse of animals in scientific laboratories, clothing production, food industry and entertainment, began the advertising campaign in 1990, but has announced that it is coming to an end, on the cusp of Fashion Week in New York, because they have seen significant changes in the fur industry.

"Almost all the best designers have taken their hair off, California has banned it, Queen Elizabeth II has resigned it, Macy is closing her fur salons," PETA senior vice president Dan Mathews told the Post, who conceived the "Nude" campaign. He also notes that the North American manufacturer North American Fur Auctions filed for bankruptcy last fall.

"With fur in a downward spiral, PETA will expand our efforts to expose the violent exchanges of leather and wool," said Mathews, who recounted his wild days as an activist in his 2007 book "Committed: a memory of Rabble-Rouser," and whose second memory, "Like Crazy: Life With My Mother and Her Invisible Friends", will be published in May.

The 30-year campaign began in 1990 when The Go-Go & # 39; s posed in the hobby for a poster, which was sold at the band's concerts with profits that benefited PETA. For three decades, dozens of stars have participated, including Taraji P. Henson, Pink, Eva Mendes, Gillian Anderson and one of the latest songs, Ireland Basinger-Baldwin, whose mother, actress Kim Basinger, posed in 1994.

Despite finishing the sensual campaign, Mathews says the group will continue to protest what they see as inhuman abuses involving animal skins, including a continuous focus on the coats produced by Canada Goose, which last season saw price reductions being they have attributed in part to the recoil in their parkas adorned with skins. In December, animal rights activists also broke into a New York fitness class of the Kate Upton model to protest their previous support for the brand, which has faced false advertising accusations from the Federal Commission of Trade to promote the "ethical" treatment of animals used in their products.

PETA's "Naked" campaign is not the only way the organization celebrates the acceptance of celebrities for their causes. Last summer, fur fan Kim Kardashian-West announced on Instagram that she was abandoning real skin by imitation, and PETA responded: "Thank you for making compassionate changes that save animals and show the world that #FurFree styles they are the future! "

PETA also mocked the possibility of using naked celebrities in an upcoming new campaign aimed specifically at the leather industry, with the revised slogan "I prefer more skin than skin".

In the spring of 2019, PETA expressed its support for the proposed ban on the sale of fur in New York City, a bill sponsored by Council President Corey Johnson. However, Johnson faced significant opposition from fur industry workers for fear of losing their jobs. He said "he did not realize how much recoil there would be," and added: "While we are trying to be less cruel to animals, we also want to do this in a more humane way for workers."