“Made in Chelsea” star Lucy Watson bared all when she stripped down for PETA’s new anti-fur campaign. The poster has Watson proudly sitting on a chaise longue in all her glory next to the words “Fur? I’d Rather Go Naked.”
“I have always been disgusted by people’s acceptance of fur as a fashion statement, in particular as there is so much information now showing how appallingly cruel the methods of acquiring it are,” says Watson. “My statement with PETA outlines what I think is a simple choice; I’d rather wear nothing at all than wear fur.”
On Thursday, January 30th, Watson unveiled the larger-than-life poster of her racy anti-fur ad. “Lucy understands that being sexy and glamorous is all about feeling confident in your own skin, not the skin of tortured animals,” says PETA’s associated director, Mimi Bekhechi. “She is a great example for other young women, and proves that you don’t need to kill animals to have a killer look.”
Trapping fur-bearing animals is a violent practice that is as unnecessary as it is cruel. Thousands of animals are killed simply to provide fur trim on coats, hats, gloves, mittens, and boots. “More than 50 million animals are violently killed for use in fashion each year,” says the national animal advocacy organization, Born Free USA. “Methods used to kill animals for their fur include gassing, electrocution, and neck breaking.”
“Animals who are trapped in the wild can suffer for days from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators,” says PETA. Fur-bearing animals are also caught and killed in barbaric Conibear traps, which “crush their necks with 90 pounds of pressure per square inch.” In Canada, baby harp seals are shot or repeatedly bludgeoned to death. “More than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and often skinned alive for their fur.”
Garment or accessory labels cannot always be relied upon to accurately identify the type of animal fur used in an item. It is safer to err on the side of caution, and not buy items that you cannot verify are fur-free. There are many cruelty-free fabrics and faux furs on the market that have great insulation against the cold, and are available in stores everywhere.
Watson joins a list of celebrities than include Penelope Cruz, Khloe Kardashian, Pamela Anderson, Eva Mendes, and Alexandra Burke, who have shown some skin to raise awareness about fur.
Help put an end to the unnecessary cruelty towards fur-bearing animals, by joining these celebrities in making compassionate choices.