In recent years, wearing real fur has become a faux pa, with society deeming it cruel and unjust. Celebrities who are against real fur are some of the best advocates for the cause as they use their social media and various platforms to fight for the animals kept in factory fur farms.
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 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.
Here's a list of Celebrities Against Real Fur:
Known as one of the worlds biggest celebrities, Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West have experienced consistent harassment on social media and in person by anti fur activists for their choices to wear real fur. However, Kim announced in 2018 that she was ditching real fur from her wardrobe and was having all of her fur coats remade as faux fur version, which came just months after Pamela Anderson sent her a faux fur mink coat to try and persuade her. Kim is notably remembered for being flour bombed on the red carpet during the 2012 launch of her new perfume True Reflection by a PETA supporter. Thankfully now she is setting a compassionate example to her millions of followers.
American actress and model Olivia Munn has been an animal rights activist for years, working alongside PETA to protest about animal rights and their welfare. Olivia openly exposes and shames fur farming for their inhumane treatment of animals and the unethical ways of killing them for fur. By focusing on raising awareness and educating people on the topic of animal cruelty and ethical clothing lines, she hopes that people will turn to a more compassionate take on wearing fur.
A vegan since 2008, comedian Ellen DeGeneres loves animals and 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. Named PETA’s ‘Woman Of The Year’ in 2008, Ellen continues to use her highly popular talk show as a platform to raising awareness for animal rights issues.
An 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, rescuing about-to-be-eaten pigs 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 criticism on television, Simon Cowell is a die-hard animal lover and devoted vegetarian. Using his celebrity status, he's worked with PETA numerous times and is constantly talking about his disgust for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and the fur trade.
Charlize Theron is an Oscar-winning actress who's worked with PETA for many years, using 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 old, he's been involved in various PETA campaigns against the fur industry, and notably against large corporations 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 her famous PETA Ads “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” and the “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.
If you're Canadian, you grew up with Bob Barker watching The Price Is Right, whom for his entire life has been a lifelong vegetarian. The game show host used his celebrity status to start a nonprofit charity to help spay and neuter animals. As a huge animal lover, he frequently brought animals into his shows and used his strong reach to advocate towards the end of animal mistreatment, 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 it's use of real fur.
From the hit television show "Clueless", Alicia Silverstone may be one of Hollywood’s longest running animal activist. Aa 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.
As many animal lovers around the world are moving towards a cruelty-free diet, we always wonder if it's the mainstream social media influencers and celebrities who are behind this transition. Unfortunately there are still major celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga who still wear real fur in todays day and age and all we can hope is that their choices do not influence others to do the same.
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