Instead of using furs in its protests, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has decided to give away the coats to people who need it most right now.
The animal rights organization says while it cannot bring the animals back from the dead, their furs can be used to provide protection to the refugees who fled the Middle East for Europe.
“Refugees facing harsh winter conditions with no shelter often suffer from hypothermia or pneumonia, and faced with this desperate situation, they are perhaps the only people with any excuse to wear fur this winter,” PETA stated on its website.
Currently, the group’s U.K. office is in the process of sending around 100 coats to refugees in Calais, France, as well as Syria.
“The fur and leather products came from compassionate people who have chosen to drop the cruelly produced items from their wardrobes,” the non-profit explained. “While we can’t bring back the minks, rabbits, cows, dogs and other animals who were slaughtered and had their skin torn from their bodies, we can help refugees who are struggling to survive.”
As of October, an estimated 700,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe this year. But since all of them cannot settle in host countries at once, they have been staying in flimsy camps or ghost towns where basic necessities and protection against the continent’s harsh winter season is going to be very difficult.
For the time being, the refugees are burning wood and plastic in an effort to keep warm outside their makeshift shelters Gas canisters are also being used to heat the tents. However, more needs to be done to shield these people — including children and pregnant women — against the unforgiving weather.