Street Teamer Eileen Botti was one of many young activists who held a demonstration outside of Wet Seal for the international day of action this past Saturday, December 18. Thanks to a giant rabbit costume, and the graphic images showing the truth behind every bit of fur and fur-trim, Eileen was able to get this article published in the Times-Herald Record:
PETA protests fur sales at local clothing store
Holding anti-fur signs and waving at motorists, three animal rights activists, one donning a white rabbit costume, greeted hordes of holiday shoppers at the Galleria at Crystal Run in the Town of Wallkill yesterday.
The activists, members of the Virginia-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, were protesting the sale of clothing made from fur at the Wet Seal retail store, which has a branch in the Galleria.
PETA launched a nationwide boycott of the trendy retail store this month, saying that negotiations with store management to remove fur from sale had failed.
At issue is the alleged inhumane treatment of rabbits at fur farms, where the animals are raised for the use of their pelts.
The group claims these farms use abusive tactics like breaking the necks of rabbits, stomping on their skulls, then stringing them up and skinning them.
As motorists passed by the mall entrance yesterday, the giant rabbit waved at them and flashed a sign that read: “Wet Seal Butchers Bunnies.”
We have some exciting news – we now have Wet Seal stickers available for you to plaster all over town. E-mail PETA2@peta.org with your full mailing address and we’ll send some to you free of charge.
The blog is being a little more user friendly today, and I’m now able to upload a few photos for your viewing pleasure. Check out these great shots from Pulin Modi’s “Wet Seal Kills” tour as it made it’s way through Texas.