More than 70 AnimaNaturalis activists have participated in Madrid this Sunday in a protest against the making of clothes from animal skins, in which 50 members of the animal organization have sprayed their naked bodies with artificial blood to denounce animal suffering.
The activists have been lying on the ground for an hour on a very cold morning in which many passersby have taken an interest in this complaint against the fur industry, “responsible every year for the deaths of millions of animals,” he stressed Efe the coordinator of AnimaNaturalis in Madrid, Jaime Posada.
“It is not understood that in the twenty-first century, in which there are alternatives to natural skin with synthetic materials of the same quality, 60 million animals are still sacrificed in the world to dress and more than 32 million in the European Union alone,” Posada has pointed out.
At noon and in front of some department stores on Preciados Street, “one of the best selling points of skins in Madrid”, this action has put an end to a campaign that has also been developed in Barcelona, Zaragoza, Alicante and Valencia and that will be repeated next winter “to encourage more firms to abandon the use of skins in their collections,” said the coordinator.
For now, well-known brands such as Versace, Chanel, Prada, Armani, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Furla, Burberry, Michael Kors, Gucci, Donna Karan, Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez or Frenchman Jean-Paul Gaultier have joined To the initiative and the Italian firm Prada recently announced that it would do so in 2020.
Posada recalled that to make a chinchilla coat “300 animals are necessary, which remain throughout their lives exposed to extreme weather so that their skin is of higher quality, even they are torn off several times to change it.”
In the case of the fox, “40 copies are sacrificed to make a coat, after suffering the psychological stress of living permanently in cages to end up dying by anal electrocution,” he denounced.
During the protest, the participants have remained on top of each other and sprayed with artificial blood, “as the bodies of lifeless animals are left once their skin has been torn off”, with the aim of raising awareness of the “hidden cruelty” after the fur industry. “
For Jaime Posada, “three centuries ago it might make sense to make warm clothes with natural skins, but now those that are bought come mostly from countries like China, where even dogs or cats are used.”
The AnimaNaturalis coordinator has called for Spanish legislation to match that of other European countries – such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Greece, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, which have banned fur farms – and understand that ” dressing animal skins is not only inefficient and anachronistic, but intensely cruel to animals. “