As children, we grew up watching movies like 101 Dalmatians, where Cruella’s driving force was to create a beautiful fur coat out of cute little puppies, leaving it forever embedded in our brains that it’s NOT OK to kill a puppy for fur. Yet somehow, we lived our lives not applying those same rules to other cuddly creatures such as the foxes, raccoons or rabbits.
Thankfully in recent years, wearing real fur has become a faux pa, with society deeming it cruel and unjust.
Each year it is estimated that more than 40 million animals are killed for their fur alone. Considering they die solely for their coats, they endure a slow and painful death; being electrocuted, gassed, poisoned or having their necks snapped. The methods in which they die for other others to wear their fur is truly tragic, and we must stand together in order to fight for the adorable animals who cannot fight for themselves.
Whether it’s a new decision or one that was made years ago, celebrities have begun to take a stand against the cruelty of factory fur farming and unethical sourcing, using their social media platforms to fight for this worthy cause.
Here’s a list of 11 Celebrities who refuse to wear fur:
American actress and model Olivia Munn has been an animal rights activist for years, where she has worked alongside PETA to protest about animal rights and their welfare. She openly exposes and shames fur farming and their terrible, inhumane treatment of animals and the unethical ways of murdering them for their furs. She focuses on raising awareness and educating people on the topic of animal cruelty and ethical clothing.
A vegan since 2008, comedian Ellen DeGeneres has been a supporter of many animal rights organizations such as the Humane Society, Best Friends Animal Society and PETA, all of which are completely against the use of animal fur or by-products for clothing. She was named PETA’s ‘Woman Of The Year’ in 2008 and continues to use her highly popular talk show as a platform to raising awareness for animal rights issues.
Outspoken animal lover and musician Pink has spent plenty of time fighting for the rights of four-legged friends alongside PETA; from promoting a boycott of Australian wool and volunteering to rescue about-to-be-eaten pigs to hosting a launch party for PETA president Ingrid Newkirk’s book, Let’s Have a Dog Party, and starting a petition against New York’s horse-drawn carriages, she spends nearly as much time speaking out as she does singing. Pink and writer/comedian Ricky Gervais provided the voices for PETA’s “Stolen for Fashion” public service announcement, in which an alligator and a rabbit try to track down the humans who stole their skin.
Known for his blunt and sometimes cruel criticism on television, Simon Cowell is a die-hard animal lover and devoted vegetarian. Using his celebrity status he was worked with PETA against all cruelty towards animals and is constantly talking about his disgust for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and the fur trade.
Charlize Theron is an Oscar-winning, South African actress starring in various well-known Hollywood films. Working with PETA for many years, she has used her influence to express her stance and expose the truth behind the fur trade and their horrendous treatment of animals. She is famously known for her billboard where she quotes “If you wouldn’t wear your dog… please don’t wear any fur.”
Stella McCartney is known for more than just her stylish clothes. She has been one of the only high-end fashion houses to never use fur in her collections. She took it as far as creating her own “Fur-Free Fur” in order to promote the use of faux fur in fashion. This stance has given her the perfect platform to advocate the rights for animals and the use of alternative materials.
Music legend Sir Paul McCartney once quoted “If Slaughterhouses had Glass Walls, Everyone Would be Vegetarian.” As an outspoken advocate for animal welfare and animal rights since the 1970s, Paul McCartney has been an unwavering vegetarian for the past 40 years and since recently turned vegan. At 74 years of age, he has been through various campaigns with PETA with his opposition against all involved in the fur industry, and notably his campaigns against large corporation like McDonalds, KFC and Armani. McCartney is widely respected and highly influential, making him a great spokesperson for animal rights.
As a former star on the hit TV series “Baywatch,” Pamela Anderson took her Hollywood stardom and used her famous name and body to speak out and protest against unethically sourced and animal-based clothing. Posing for the famous PETA ad protesting that “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign or posing in her vegetable bra and underwear for “Turn Over a New Leaf: Try Vegetarian” campaign, Anderson pushed the boundaries with her animal rights activism. She claims the source of her passions started by being sexually abused as a child and turning that into empathy for all living creatures.
We all knew Bob Barker growing up, missing class to watch ‘The Price Is Right,’ but who would have guessed that Bob Barker is a lifelong vegetarian. The game show host used his celebrity status to start a nonprofit to help keep spay and neutering costs down. A huge animal lover he frequently brought animals into his shows and used his strong reach to advocate towards the end of mistreatment of animals, and has donated one million dollars to the Columbia University School of Law to support the constant study of animal rights.
Miley frequents the tabloids with her risky behaviour but on more than a few occasions she has made headlines regarding her vegan lifestyle and point of view. A proud animal rights activist she uses her social media accounts and concerts to sway crowds to consider the lives and rights of all animals. Miley is also famously known to have used her Instagram account to slander Fashion Week and its use of real fur.
From the hit television show “Clueless”, Alicia Silverstone may be one of Hollywood’s longest running animal activist. A devout vegan for years, she has done everything from posing naked for PETA and even wrote a vegan cookbook called The Kind Diet. She was also been personally involved in the ban of fur sales in her home city of San Francisco, in order to bring awareness to the cruelty in fur farming.
This was only just a short list of some of the notable celebs that stand up for animal rights. Celebrities around the world are moving closer towards a cruelty-free diet by going vegetarian and vegan, causing them to wonder if killing animals unnecessarily for fur is worth it anymore?
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