Old Fur Coats are Saving Baby Animals
Finally, The Perfect Way To Get Rid Of Your Old Fur Coat
Born Free, a U.S. animal advocacy organization, has relaunched its “Fur for the Animals Campaign,” a donation drive to collect fur hats, coats, blankets and other items, which are then sent to wildlife rehabilitation centers around the country. There, orphaned and injured animals — bobcats, coyotes, foxes, squirrels, possums and raccoons, to name a few — can literally snuggle into the furs for warmth and hopefully a little comfort.
Now in its third year, Born Free USA‘s “Fur for the Animals” campaign has already collected more than 800 fur garments, worth an estimated $1.5 million, and distributed to wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country.
“Since we launched this campaign in 2014, we have seen an overwhelming outpouring of donations from across the globe: fur coats, scarves, hats, gloves, pillows, toys and more,” Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, said in a release. “Frequently, the donations arrive with exceptionally moving thank-you notes from people relieved to find a worthy use for unwanted fur.”
It’s estimated that the furs, which are often inherited and would otherwise sit in storage units, represent 26,000 animals who were killed for fashion.
Now the skins will go to sanctuaries and rescue centers, including the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, California, and Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.
“The success of this campaign illustrates that consumers increasingly want nothing to do with fur in fashion,” Roberts said. “While urging people to not buy fur, we also provide an answer with fur already purchased: Put it to good use by comforting wildlife.”
If you work with a wildlife rescue center, you can learn how to partner with Born Free to get some furs for your animals by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The campaign runs from September 21 to December 31, 2016. To donate, fur can be dropped off in person or shipped to Born Free USA, 2300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 100B, Washington, D.C. 20007.
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