As chilly temperatures give way to sunny T-shirt weather, the ever-busy animal rights group PETA has a proposal for you.
As part of its Clean Your Closet—And Clear Your Conscience campaign, it asks you to go through your winter closet and give any fur items to PETA, to be donated, for example, to refugees living in cold climates who have no warm clothing and to the homeless. The donation is tax-deductible.
"Because of the vast number of furs that we receive, we donate many of them to homeless people who can't afford to buy their own coats—the only people who have any excuse to wear fur. Every year, PETA holds a few 'fur kitchens' at homeless shelters around the country, and we've even shipped hundreds of furs to help warm the women and children freezing in Afghanistan and Iraq," according to an article on PETA's website.
In an email to TheStreet on Monday, PETA representative Ben Williamson wrote: "So far, dozens of New Yorkers and more than 80 people in Toronto have either turned the fur trim over to animal activists or tucked it away in their bag or pocket. Those who walk away with the fur are being encouraged to donate it to the animal rehabilitation centers such as the Wishing Well Sanctuary in Ontario."
Williamson said in his email that DxE and Their Turn, local grassroots animal rights groups that support PETA, still hold weekly protests outside Canada Goose (GOOS - Get Report) stores in New York City and Toronto. During a February fashion show, he added, PETA protested outside the Michael Kors (KORS) showing because of fur used in the designer's collection.
Canada Goose is fresh off an IPO in March. Leading up to the IPO, PETA protested against the high-end retailer outside the New York Stock Exchange.
Neither Canada Goose nor Michael Kors could immediately be reached for comment.