For Immediate Release:
October 15, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Derry, N.H. – Following pressure from PETA and local groups, including NH Citizens Against Recreational Trapping, the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program will reportedly no longer award pageant winners with fur coats provided by the New Hampshire Trappers Association. In thanks for ending this decades-long sponsorship, PETA is sending a box of vegan bunny-shaped chocolates to the board of directors.
“No kind pageant winner wants to celebrate her new title by having dead animals draped around her shoulders,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is celebrating Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program’s humane makeover, which empowers women to listen to their conscience and reject cruelty.”
PETA notes that animals who are trapped for their fur can suffer for days from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators before the trappers return to shoot, stomp, or bludgeon them to death. Major fashion brands—including Saint Laurent, Neiman Marcus, Canada Goose, Valentino, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Burberry, and Michael Kors—are dropping fur in droves, and the Miss Florida USA pageant stopped awarding fur coats to winners a decade ago.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.