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Model Emily makes animal cruelty protest

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

FUR FLIES: Former Bodmin College student Emily Spetch, left, was one of three models taking part in protest against fur coats at the start of London Fashion Week.

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A FORMER Bodmin College student strutted her stuff down New Bond Street in London in a gruesome publicity stunt against the use of animal fur in the fashion trade.

Emily Spetch, who used to live on Harleigh Road in Bodmin but now lives in the capital, was one of three models who took part in the stunt, which involved carrying the carcass of a dead fox along the popular shopping street.

Wearing black dresses and spiked heels, the trio held the animal corpses and signs that read "Here's the Rest of Your Fur Coat" on Thursday last week – on the eve of London Fashion Week.

The demonstration was organised by The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation, a UK-based charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals.

Emily, now 23, told the Cornish Guardian: "A friend contacted me and told me about PETA and I wanted to get involved.

"Wearing animal fur as a fashion is just stupid.

"What the animals have to go through is just horrible and it is just ridiculous that people are still wearing animal fur. There are so many alternatives out there."

Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Westwood, who all have boutiques in Mayfair, have publicly sworn off fur because it's so cruel.

"Fashion is meant to be fun, but there's nothing fun about driving animals insane from a lifetime of confinement and then skinning them for their fur," added Emily.

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