Pamela Anderson has been an animal rights activist for a long time now, receiving an award as far back as 1999 for her work protecting animal rights. In 2014, she launched her own foundation with the goal of advancing human, environmental and animal rights. Her latest endeavor is encouraging Prada to go fur-free, and Anderson wrote the label a letter to make her case.
The 51-year-old self-proclaimed “naughty vegan” — and current US Honorary Director for PETA — penned a letter directly to Miuccia Prada, asking her to make her Italian label fur-free. “I have long admired your creativity – and Prada’s timeless nylon bag – but I was disappointed to learn that instead of going fur-free, Prada has chosen merely to reduce the amount of animal pelts that it sells,” the letter begins.
Prada has not yet responded to Anderson’s letter, but as countless labels — Tom Ford, Gucci, Burberry, and more — make the switch, it seems like a smart move for the fashion house to make. Even major cities are banning fur, with Los Angeles making a motion on Tuesday to ban fur by 2020.
You can read Anderson’s full letter to Prada below:
Dear Ms Prada,
I have long admired your creativity – and Prada’s timeless nylon bag – but I was disappointed to learn that instead of going fur-free, Prada has chosen merely to reduce the amount of animal pelts that it sells.
A “gradual” reduction is no consolation to animals who are languishing inside tiny cages on fur farms and being anally electrocuted and skinned alive for their fur right now. Please, I urge you to drop fur immediately.
“Humane fur” is like “merciful murder”: It doesn’t exist. Even in countries that participate in the fur industry’s Origin Assured program – which claims that animals are treated “humanely” before they’re slaughtered – investigations by PETA and other animal-protection groups have repeatedly shown that cruelty is rampant, as you can see in this brief video.
Consumers know that there’s “kind” way to kill animals for their fur, and leaders in the fashion industry have taken notice – including Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Gucci, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and many others that have banned fur.
Thank you for your consideration.