Ink not mink is slogan for animal rights campaign
Everton FC goalie Tim Howard has teamed up with an animal charity to campaign against fur clothes.
The heavily tattooed American, 35, is urging people to opt for “ink, not mink”.
His campaign slogan is “be comfortable in your own skin – let animals keep theirs”.
Howard has shot a video for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) charity, in which he shows off his large tattoo collection and gives his thoughts on the fur trade.
He says: “The reason I want to do this campaign is because I think it’s an amazing cause and (I want) to be part of something that brings good to the world and also to animals.”
He goes on to urge people to question those who wear fur clothing: “Do they know how it’s made or where it comes from?
“Protecting animals is very important to me and I think speaking out against fur is an amazing cause.
“When I see someone wearing fur, I just want to sit them down in front of one of PETA’s videos and show them just how badly animals suffer for this supposed fabric that no-one needs.”
Every year millions of animals – including foxes, rabbits, raccoons, minks and even dogs and cats – are beaten, gassed, electrocuted and even skinned alive for their fur.
PETA is urging consumers to boycott fur and opt for alternatives.
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