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Anti-fur protesters shed clothes<br><br><a href="http://www.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2003/02/17/27681-cp.html" target="_blank">http://www.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/200.../27681-cp.html</a><br><br><br><br>
OTTAWA (CP) - You have to be pretty fur-ious to try this.<br><br><br><br>
Two women, wearing only bikini briefs, skates and leopard-coloured body paint, braved -25 C wind chills Monday on the famous Rideau Canal to protest the fur fashion industry. The pair, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, covered up their freezing assets by holding up a banner reading: We'd Rather Bare Skin Than Wear Skin.<br><br><br><br>
They said the use of fox, mink, raccoon and other animals for clothing is cruel and unnecessary.<br><br><br><br>
"We're willing to do this to draw attention to the fact that millions of animals suffer every year," said Holly Fraser, 27, of Toronto.<br><br><br><br>
"There's no excuse to be wearing fur in the 21st century. People have lots of alternatives that are warm and fashionable."<br><br><br><br>
The women skated for about four minutes, closely watched by some cameramen and a few surprised tourists, before retreating for some warm, synthetic clothing.<br><br><br><br>
PETA says no federal slaughter laws exist to protect animals in fur farms. They also say animals are confined in small spaces, forced to endure cold temperatures and inhumane conditions.<br><br><br><br>
At least one onlooker wasn't pleased the protesters chose the canal for their demonstration.<br><br><br><br>
The man said he didn't think his young children needed to see to naked women skating.
 
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