PETA slams fur trade for ‘preposterous’ new ad

The International Fur Trade Federation is drawing fire from animal rights group PETA for a new ad campaign that focuses on the tradition and craft of the fur industry.

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The ads, which lead with the strapline ‘more than a coat’, will first appear in the October edition of UK Vogue magazine. They are also running in European editions of the magazine and in publications including Tatler, Vanity Fair and House & Garden.

The IFTF claims that the ads are a “daring departure” from its traditional approach, showing neither a model wearing a fur garment nor branded fur items. Instead, they attempt to highlight the craft that goes into making fur products by showing colourful furs alongside items found in a typical fashion workshop.

But PETA is slamming the ads: “Yes, fur is more than a coat – it’s an archaic, out-of-touch and out-of-bounds business and an honest approach would have involved showing not the scissors and cutting boards but the neck-breakers, electrical-shock devices and live skinning which PETA has documented on videotape.”

PETA’s comments come as it launches a new anti-fur campaign featuring Gemma Collins from The Only Way Is Essex. She poses naked in the ad, which uses PETA’s usual end line: “I’d rather go naked than wear fur.”

She joins a list of celebrities, including Eva Mendes and Pamela Anderson, as well as other stars from the TV programme, that have campaigned against the fur trade.

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