Date: November 16, 2005
Author: Contact: Angela Modzelewski 757-622-7382
Publication: PeTA Press Release
Headline: Sister Duo Points Out That Animals Killed for Fur Suffer Just as Dogs Do
Norfolk, Va. — Setting aside time during a recent tour stop in PETA’s hometown of Norfolk, Va., Canadian indie-rock twin-sister team Tegan and Sara stopped by PETA headquarters to shoot a brand-new print anti-fur public service announcement (PSA) for peta2, PETA’s youth division. In the PSA, Tegan and Sara—who are still riding high from the success of their latest album, So Jealous (Sanctuary Group Records/Vapor)—are shown with Liby, the adopted canine companion of a PETA staffer, next to the tagline "If you wouldn’t wear your dog, please don’t wear any fur." The PSA goes on to explain that when it comes to feeling pain, there’s no difference between "man’s best friend" and animals killed for their skins.
"I do feel like there are alternatives to killing animals for foods and materials," says Sara, who also strongly opposes factory farming and its devastating impact on animals, the environment, and human health. "I don’t wear fur myself."
"We just have no idea why anyone would want to wear fur," adds Tegan. "I don’t think fur looks very good on people. … I think it’s really unattractive, and it’s ridiculous. I don’t think the fur industry has a chance. I have the feeling that young people today are intelligent enough."
Why does fur make Tegan and Sara’s skin crawl? Much of the fur sold in North America comes from China, which is now the world’s leading fur-exporting nation, where animals on fur farms are not protected by a single law. PETA has obtained video footage of a recent year-long undercover investigation showing fur farmers in China swinging raccoon dogs and foxes by their hind legs and smashing their heads into the ground—breaking the animals’ necks or backs but leaving them panting, blinking, and conscious as they are skinned alive. Elsewhere, animals killed for fur are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death in the wild and gassed, strangled, and electrocuted on fur farms.
Tegan and Sara join an ever-growing list of musicians—including Cat Power, Peaches, The Shins, Le Tigre, and Sleater-Kinney—who have teamed up with peta2 to inspire kids to challenge outdated, cruel attitudes about animals. Also featured on peta2.com are celebrity interviews, message boards, merchandise, downloadable voicemail recordings, and chances to win great prizes like free concert tickets, iPods, and more.
For more information, to view a copy of the ad, and to read Tegan and Sara’s interview, please visit PeTA2.com. For more information about Tegan and Sara, please visit TeganAndSara.com.