Boston saw a dusting of snow yesterday, and today’s high of 36 degrees may finally mean it’s time to bust out that mink coat you’ve been dying to wear since November and head out for a lunchtime shopping spree … or not.
On Newbury Street at high noon, members of PETA will be standing by to blow whistles at people dressed in fur, according to a press release. The protest is part of PETA’s new “Blow the Whistle” campaign, recently launched in the U.S. and Canada this winter to raise awareness and deliver public shame to people who wear dead animals as a luxury garment.
As if the whistles weren’t enough of a giveaway, the press release says the PETA activists can be identified by their t-shirts with anti-fur slogans and shouts of “Shame!” every time they spot someone wearing fur.
Is this new whistle-blowing campaign effective enough to convince people not to wear animals? For PETA, a group that’s known for outrageous anti-fur campaigns like throwing blood on fashion catwalks, whistle-blowing seems realtiviely tame. It’s loud and annoying, yes, but simply lacks the shock factor that we’ve come to associate with PETA.
Personally, I much prefer the naked ads featuring an airbrushed Khloe Kardashian, Ochocinco and Wacka Flocka Flame instead of deafness-inducing whistles. For future reference, celebs who could convince the BostInno team to stop wearing fur include, but are not limited to, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Upton, Bradley Cooper and Halle Berry.
What do you think of PETA’s “Blow the Whistle” campaign? Will it shame people into not wearing fur?