150 naked boys and girls on the steps of Barcelona cathedral
Fur protestors strip off naked in Barcelona
150 people lay down nude
More than a hundred people stripped off in the cold temperatures of the Catalan capital on Sunday in a protest which was held on the steps of Barcelona cathedral against the fur industry. It was organised by the animal rights organisation, AnimaNaturalis.
One hundred and fifty people lay down naked on the ground, with red paint spattered over their bodies to simulate blood, holding up a placard with the words, ‘How many lives just for a coat?’: twenty foxes, mink, otter, beaver or chinchilla, according to the organisers.
Representing the average number of animals it takes to make a fur coat, the men and women, covered in red paint that resembled blood, lay down and curled up on the steps of the gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia in the heart of Barcelona.
“Nowadays it is not necessary to kill animals to get their fur. Animals need their fur, we don’t,” international animal rights group AnimaNaturalis, which staged the demonstration, said in a statement.
Millions of foxes, minks, beavers, lynxes and other species are raised in captivity or captured and then killed in brutal ways to make fur coats, it added.
Spain along with Greece, Germany and Italy are key manufacturers of fur garments, according to the group.
Fur farms in Spain are located mainly in the north of the country, while the fur clothing industry is found mostly in the Catalonia region where Barcelona is located.
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