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In the topsy-turvy world that is Detroit, homeless people are being gifted mink coats. Animal-rights group PETA collects furs from consumers who have decided to stop wearing such items, and for the holiday season, they've decided to put their stash to good use.
As PETA's president explained, "PETA can't bring the animals who were slaughtered to make these coats back to life, but we can send a message that only people truly struggling to survive have any excuse for wearing fur." The organization also gave away items made of leather, angora and wool—all donated by wealthy shoppers across the nation who had decided to purge their closets of such items. Said one homeless shelter-dwelling attendee, "I got me a short, black mink jacket and it's beautiful. I'm blessed to have it, it's really beautiful. I did need a nice coat. I don't have nothing but an everyday coat. It was a blessing." All in all, PETA donated 100 fur coats to the shelter residents of the city. If you'd like to donate yours, there are instructions on how to do so right here.
· Why is PETA Giving Away Fur Coats? [PETA]
· PETA Clothes Homeless Detroiters In Fur Coats, Mink Jackets [CBS Local]
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