Never have we covered the Miss USA pageant as much as we have in the last few weeks. First, Miss New York tells the world she’s vegan. Then, Miss Washington D.C. also comes out of the closet as a vegan. And now, the Miss Florida USA pageant is making big headlines.
Activists from the Fort Lauderdale-based Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) recently protested a Miss Florida USA preliminary event, claiming the pageant directly supports the fur industry.
Here’s the deal: each year, the Fur Information Council of American sponsors the event by giving away fur coats to the winners and ARFF wants them to cut it out!
“By continuing to associate with FICA, Tel-Air Interests Inc., and the Miss Florida pageants unavoidably support the inhumane practices of the fur industry,” said Don Anthony, ARFF’s communications director. “With many wonderful, modern, and cruelty-free prize options available, how could the skins of dead animals ever be considered a prize?”
But also, let’s talk about the fact that they’re giving away fur coats in Florida. I’m from Florida. I lived in Florida for 18 years. I never once saw anybody wear a fur coat.
Sounds to us like the Miss Florida USA pageant needs to find a new sponsor!