PHOTOS: Nearly Naked Protester’s Message: Skin Is Skin
Clad only in lingerie, this PETA supporter, along with members of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), took to the streets of Seoul outside a Prada store to call on the retailer to drop cruel ostrich-skin bags from its shelves.
The origin of the leather used for Prada handbags would shock even the most hardened fashionistas.
The protest follows the recently released first-ever exposé of the highly secretive industrial ostrich-slaughter industry, in which young ostriches are kept in barren dirt feedlots until they are trucked to slaughterhouses. The 1-year-old birds are then turned upside down in a stunner and ejected so that workers can slit their throats and pluck out their feathers, creating the bumpy-textured skin used in Prada’s handbags and store sofas.
What You Can Do
Your choices make a difference—the easiest thing that you can do to help animals is never to purchase ostrich or any other animal skin or feathers. Instead, choose from the many stylish cruelty-free accessories available from compassionate retailers.