Family & Friends

  • Nov
  • 24

Join Us on Fur-Free Friday!

Posted by at 12:20 PM | Permalink | No Comments


The holidays are oh-so-close, and you know what that means: So is holiday shopping! Early birds and eager gift-givers are already creating lists of items to purchase and later bestow upon family and friends. But what’s on those lists? A snakeskin bag? A fur-trimmed jacket? A leather wallet? Sometimes people think that they want certain things, but they’re not actually thinking about where those “things” come from—or who they originally belonged to.

Last year, as an intern at PETA headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, I participated in my very first Fur-Free Friday demonstration. As always, it took place the day after Thanksgiving, and with more than 40 participants, the turnout was impressive. On the busiest shopping day of the year, I found myself among a group of enthusiastic animal activists who all want to make a difference in the world for animals. It was empowering in a way that I can’t quite put into words.

Standing together proudly, we held signs, smiled and waved at honking cars, and handed brochures to gracious passersby. Would some of those people later open the brochure and see images of snakes, lizards, bunnies, raccoon dogs, and cows and feel sickened by what they saw and read? Would they reexamine the gifts they’d been planning on purchasing and seek vegan products instead?

One of my favorite memories was when a pedestrian, hastily walking and clearly lost in his own thoughts, saw the sign that an activist beside me was holding and stopped dead in his tracks. The gruesome image on the sign sparked a conversation, and after several minutes, he shamefully touched the leather coat he was wearing and sincerely vowed never to purchase leather again. It’s a moment like this—when you change someone’s perspective—that you know you’re making a difference in the world.

And we are making a difference! Recently, the West Hollywood City Council banned the sale of fur!

Now the question is: Do you want to join us? Even if you’ve never participated in a demonstration before, there’s no better time to start than on Fur-Free Friday, when animal rights activists band together nationwide. Find out if there’s a Fur-Free Friday event going on near you and help us continue to make a difference! You just might change someone’s perspective and inspire that person to rethink the holiday gift list that he or she had been compiling for family and friends. You just might create another vegan shopper.

This article was written by Keegan Baur and originally appears on PETA.org.

Posted to Family & Friends | Posted to Tags: , , ,

More:

Bookmark and Share
Post a Comment

Please keep comments polite, constructive, and on topic. All fields in bold are required.

About Family & Friends

Make your time with your friends and family—including your animal companions—even more meaningful.

Recent Comments

Disclaimer

The information and views provided here are intended for informational and preliminary educational purposes only. From time to time, content may be posted on the site regarding various financial planning and human and animal health issues. Such content is never intended to be and should never be taken as a substitute for the advice of readers' own financial planners, veterinarians, or other licensed professionals. You should not use any information contained on this site to diagnose yourself or your companion animals' health or fitness. Readers in need of applicable professional advice are strongly encouraged to seek it. Except where third-party ownership or copyright is indicated or credited regarding materials contained in this blog, reproduction or redistribution of any of the content for personal, noncommercial use is enthusiastically encouraged.