International animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA) protested against fur use in front of a fur company in
downtown Seoul Friday.
Three PETA members, most well known for a campaign using naked celebrities brandishing the slogan ``I'd rather go naked than wear fur,'' wore imitation fur coats spattered in fake blood and sprawled on the street in front of Jindo Fur in a giant steel trap. The protestors urged the crowd to stop wearing fur coats to protect animals.
``We have collected video information of minks being killed brutally for making fur coats,'' Park Kyung-dam, one of the performers, said. ``They were strangled, killed by electric shock to their anus and their furs were stripped while they were still alive. The hunters then piled them up and left them there,'' he said.
This is the first time the group has held such performance for a protest. In 2005, the members held ``naked protests'' in which they covered themselves with a single apron. Last year, they wore bikinis made from lettuce and strolled down Gwanghwamun Boulevard to promote a vegetarian lifestyle.