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PETA's "Ink, Not Mink" Campaign

Updated on July 6, 2013

Be Comfortable In Your Own Skin And Let Animals Keep Theirs

As a spin-off from their "I'd Rather Go Naked" anti-fur campaign, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) created "Ink, Not Mink." Tattooed celebrities from the worlds of music, movies, fashion and even some tattoo artists have shown their body art and voiced their support for animal rights and the promotion of the usage of fake fur for clothing.

Get information about the campaign, see the poster images, watch videos from the celebrities who've participated and lend your support to this colorful but humane animal-rights cause.

Sash - Suicide Girls

Sash - Suicide Girls
Sash - Suicide Girls

Ami James from "Miami Ink"

Ami James from "Miami Ink"
Ami James from "Miami Ink"
Fun Faux Fur
Fun Faux Fur

Say "No" To Fur and Fur Farming

What "Ink, Not Mink" is really campaigning about isn't the encouragement of tattoos, it's against using fur for fashion and the practice of fur farming.

Thousands of animals, mostly mink, chinchilla and foxes, are raised and killed solely to obtain their fur. The animals are frequently raised in cramped and diseased conditions with up to 25% of the "crop" dying from respiratory or other illness in the process.

The animals are then subject to electrocution, drowning or are often clubbed to death. Many animals are just horribly wounded or stunned instead of outright killed and it's not uncommon for them to then actually be still alive when they are skinned for their fur.

It's now possible to create synthetic "fake" furs that imitate real animal skins and as such, farming and killing animals just to harvest their skins isn't necessary anymore.

Steve-O from " Jackass"

Steve-O from " Jackass"
Steve-O from " Jackass"

Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe

Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe
Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe

Franka Potente (actress) and Bela B. (drummer)

Franka Potente (actress) and Bela B. (drummer)
Franka Potente (actress) and Bela B. (drummer)

Dennis Rodman, basketball player

Dennis Rodman, basketball player
Dennis Rodman, basketball player

Ink Not Mink videos - Here the models in their own words

How do YOU feel about fur?

Should people wear fur if they wish?

It's their choice, plus it's better for fur to be farmed than hunted in the wild.

It's their choice, plus it's better for fur to be farmed than hunted in the wild.

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    • Jenna 2 years ago

      Oct05Ann Yes! I would definitely wear fur. I have been on fur farms in three dieerffnt countries and I have even seen the killing and skinning of the animals and I see nothing wrong with the industry. It is just the same as meat farms or chicken farms. I eat meat and I wear fur. I see no problem with either as long as the animals are treated well and do not suffer in any way. The animals don't know if they are used for either one thing or another hell, they dont even know that they are being used for anything. They only care about their well-being and so should farmers and consumers.

    • Euryale Sinclair 4 years ago from The Left Coast

      @anonymous: As an avid label reader and person who almost never wears makeup, I do avoid mink oil in the products I buy.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      If your against mink farming then you better stop wearing makeup cause most makeup has mink oil in it

    • Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I believe in live and let live. For those animals being raised on the fur farms, as long as they are not mistreated or otherwise harmed before being harvested, what's the problem. Personally, I don't want dead animal hides next to my skin. But if others do, then mind your own business.

      TonyB

    • Greenwickpress 6 years ago

      Yes, people should. Granted, that fur should be harvested in an ethical way. Bur, leather, wool and other animal-based fabrics are the warmest and most waterproof materials around - much more so than any plant based or oil based fabrics. Plastic oil-based fabrics are horrible. They don't last very long, they don't work very well, and consider all the damage that oil causes.

      I actually prefer if it comes from the wild, because then animals can live freely, but farming has its uses too.

    • redflea13 lm 6 years ago

      Why not? Farming for fur is no different than farming for food.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Use more of it. It's great, keeps you warm, looks good, unlike those ugly bareskins with their seriously ugly tatts.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      There are a couple problems here, one is that if everyone stopped eating livestock a whole heck of a lot of people would die. Given that fur is biodegradable, and people are going to eat livestock no matter what, it makes perfect moral sense to wear skin/fur from animals that are harvested for food. A friend of mine here in the Northeast often stops to collect deer from the side of the highway so he can harvest the pelts for clothing and the meat if in good condition. does anyone have a moral problem with this? just curious. I like the idea of marketing ink as an alternative to fur.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes. It is a natural resource that can be warm and beautiful.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Although maybe a bit macabre, lets not forget we eat animals as well. That is not really needed either.

      And prettymuch everbody wears leather things, either a wallet or a boot or whatever. That's prettymuch the same thing but then without the hair.

    • Sheryl Westleigh 8 years ago from Maine

      It's a double-edged sword here. On one hand animals are killed for their fur either farm raised or trapped/hunted, on the other hand fake fur is essentially plastic and is produced from petroleum and does not bio-degrade. Personally the only fur item I own is real and made from domestic rabbit fur, it's a trade-off I'm willing to make it's biodegradeable and domestic rabbits are not wild animals being raised in captivity or killed in the wild.

    No way, real fur should be replaced by fake fur!

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        there are plenty of other options besides fur, people can do just fine without it :)

      • hottmomma 5 years ago

        saying its ok to choose to wear real fur is saying torture this animal it whole life then kill it in a malisous way or just rip its skin off while its still alive. i wonder how many people would choose to wear it if they had to watch the whole process.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It's bullshit that people believe that them being warm and beautiful is worth a living life. I'm sorry to say, but those who wear animal coats, you're not that special, and trust me, you're definitely not worth spitting towards in my opinion. Maybe we should start skinning newborns, I mean their skin is soft right? Or maybe women, their skin is quite soft too. Then men, so we can use their tougher skin for work boots and work jackets. Sounds like a plan to me.a

      • SylviaRolfe 6 years ago

        How would you like someone to wear your skin? Fake fur should be the only fur.

      • Andromedan 6 years ago

        They can wear their own fur.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        If God wanted us to wear fur we would already have it! Why aren't we the people more aware of this demonic behavior? A larger awareness must be created. It took a silly reality show for me to hear of it. If there is to be change, more people need to be made aware!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It really is wrong to kill them only for their fur. They should only be killed for meat << even this killing needs to be cut down way more. Especially as we waste far too much of it in buffets (ie If the food gets too cold or hard it is thrown out). Fake fur looks just the same anyway.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It's not right to harvest animals for fur, I am a vegetarian and I don't wear fur or leather, and it's only right. A lot of the world don't eat animals, so why would they need their fur!?

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        If the only context that fur was used in was a hunting situation where the entire animal is used for food, clothing, and anything else I would say that fur might be acceptable. But in today's society the market is horrible. Animals are skinned alive, electrocuted, and beaten in the skull to keep the pelt nice. I am completely against this kind of treatment, it is utterly barbaric and inhuman, and as far as I'm concerned no animal should have to endure such pain. In addition to this, the fur market also deals in the pelts of endangered species, tigers, exotic wildcats, and other animals that are almost extinct. I think the world would be a better place with more beautiful creatures like this, than with another fur coat for some rich woman to wear on her back. This isn't 'fashionable' it's unethical, and it is definitely not cool.

      • tpoint 7 years ago

        I think that there are plenty of designs and clothing alternatives besides wearing real fur, so it is not necessary to harm animals in the name of fashion.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Fur is wrong. Humans have to ablility to make what ever we want without harming animals. It is a free country, and we all make choices every day. I choose crulry free.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Love the dog eat the pig wear the mink. Fucked up society eh?

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        im anti-fur all the way, and i think that the champaign is great. but i do believe it's a persons choice. i hope they make the right one. :)

      • MissBuffySpears 8 years ago

        I don't wear fur or leather and im perfectly happy with that. I say let the animals keep their skin :) Is fashion really THAT important?

      • seanmathis 8 years ago

        I think people can do what ever they want. Personally I would never wear fur, or hurt an animal.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        No! Fur is for the animals and should stay on them. I am 5 Months vegan and its really not so bad as everyone makes it out to be. I eat the same foods just coverged into vegan Like burgers and hotdogs made by boca I don't notice much of taste difference and I did notice im not queezy after eating anymore like I used to be from meat.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Let's go skin some humans and wear THAT. To me, it's the same thing as wearing animal fur. Every time you put on that lovely fur coat you adore, realize you are wearing a dead animal on your body. I think it's disgusting. Fur should be fake, period.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Plastic leather is recommended to those that want to use real leather but the best thing is to use none of theme. Because animals shouldn't be killed for that nor the environment, the best thing to do is choose environment friendly textils.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        It doesn't matter if it is farm raised or wild.In today's society we have so many synthetic products there is no reason why fur in fashion should not be synthetic as well. Why should animals, wild or not, have to suffer so men and women of our society can have the fashion trend of the month? I really think that the fashion industry should re think their choices. Fake fur looks just like the real thing and not one living being has to suffer. People should be comfortable in their own skin and let the animals of the world keep theirs.

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        There's no reason that all fur used in fashion shouldn't be fake. They look the same as real and it's easier to care for them. There's no reason animals should be farmed for their fur.

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