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Animal rights activists have protested against fur at London Fashion Week.

The campaigners – representing animal rights charity PETA – painted the slogan ‘wear your own skin’ across their bare chests.

They encouraged passers-by to stand up for animals by leaving fur, leather, shearling, and other animal-derived materials out of their wardrobes.

‘Not ours’

Activist Charlotte Bone, (pictured far left), said: “Whether it’s the fur of a frightened fox or angora rabbit or the skin of a gentle calf, it’s not fabric and it’s not ours for the taking.

“With so many innovative, high-quality vegan fabrics available, there’s simply no excuse for wearing an animal’s skin or hair.”

Painful

According to PETA: “On fur farms, minks, foxes, and other animals spend their entire lives confined to tiny, filthy cages before finally being killed by poisoning, gassing, electrocution, or neck-breaking.

“Cows destined to be slaughtered for leather endure painful mutilations, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning without painkillers.

“In shearing sheds, sheep are cut, kicked, punched, and sometimes killed by impatient workers.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.