PETA Launches Grisly Clothing Campaign With Garments Made From 'Human Leather'
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Animal rights group PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - has launched a grisly-looking campaign in which they’ve attacked shops that sell leather products by featuring garments supposedly made from ‘human leather’.
The satirical online store is called ‘Urban Outraged’, which is a clear and obvious pun on the popular high street shop Urban Outfitters, and features a number of items purportedly created from human parts.
Of course, this is PETA, and it would be massively against their own beliefs to actually do it, but whatever they’ve mocked up is pretty convincing and looks – if we’re being honest – absolutely gross.
That’s exactly the point they’re trying to make, though.
In a press release, the clothing is described as being ‘made of the finest leather — that on second look, reveal human faces on the jackets, human teeth on the shoes, and human blood oozing from the bags.’
It all looks a bit reminiscent of the human suit that murderer ‘Buffalo Bill’ wore in The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.
One slogan from the campaign reads: “Fashion that dares to ask the question ‘Who are you wearing?'.”
In a statement to the New York Post, PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said: “A cow’s skin belongs to her, and she feels fear and pain in a slaughterhouse every bit as much as you or I would.”
Furthermore, some of the items in the ‘sale’ are accompanied by the names of the people who supposedly gave their parts to them.
‘Dwayne’ was ‘kicked in the head repeatedly until his face was unrecognisable’ to make one of the bags, they wrote.
Their ‘Richard Loafers’ were made from a fictional person called Richard who was ‘ready to sacrifice himself so that others could look their best’ the campaign states.
Reiman added: “PETA’s Urban Outraged challenges shoppers to see the individual behind every bit of animal skin on store racks and shelves.”
Obviously – and thankfully – the products are not actually available for sale, and are just digital designs of what clothes made from human parts might look like.
Still, it’s another typically striking campaign from the often controversial animal rights pressure group.
One of the made-up reviews reads: “I’m not really a boot person, but I’m glad Meg was, because these are the best boots I’ve ever worn.”
They have also created a new ‘Afterlife Collection’ which offers buyers the chance to turn their deceased loved ones into garments for them.