Richard Quan is no stranger to cages. With a pro record of seven fights for seven wins, this South African mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete knows what he’s getting himself into when he steps into the cage. But he’s quick to point out that the only skin he’s comfortable in is his own, not that of animals caged, beaten, and slaughtered for their fur.
In his new PETA ad, Richard tells us to “be comfortable in your own skin, and let animals keep theirs.” MMA athletes such as Richard choose to step into the cage for a fair fight—but there’s no such thing as a fair fight for the millions of animals confined to cages on fur farms, facing slaughter through beating, electrocution, or even being skinned alive.
Animals used for fur often come from China, where there are no penalties for people who abuse animals on fur farms. Foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals live in wire cages exposed to the elements and often suffer from illnesses, diseases, and anxiety-induced psychosis. Because the origins of fur are impossible to trace, if the skin you’re wearing isn’t your own, you have no way of knowing where it came from or whose it was.
Posted by Claire Fryer