Image via AnimaNaturalis

A group of animal rights activists stripped naked and covered themselves in fake blood at one of Barcelona’s popular shopping and tourist destinations on 16 December, to protest of the use of fur and leather in fashion.

These activists lay naked in Plaça de Catalunya, also known as Catalonia Square, together with a sign reading, “How many lives just for a coat?” The protest was organized by Anima Naturalis, an international non-profit organization that defends animal rights in Spain and Latin America.

The activists lay atop one another to mimic the piling of dead animal carcasses. PETA reports that more than 85% of fur sold around the world is derived from farms that lock foxes and minks in cages, over the span of their entire lives, before they are slaughtered and skinned.

Fur farming has been banned in the UK since 2000, but the activity still continues in Europe and other parts of the world. PETA highlights that over one billion animals have been killed for leather clothes.

Recently, more and more luxury fashion houses have taken a stance against using fur in their collections, including Versace, Burberry and Gucci.

[via Independent, opening image via AnimaNaturalis]

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