ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY WINS PETA ‘PROGGY’ AWARD FOR NO-FUR POLICY

For Immediate Release:
29 June 2016

‘Proggy’ Stands for ‘Progress’: New Fur Policy in Western Australia Shows Charity Is Kind to Humans and Animals

Perth – For taking a stand against selling cruelly produced animal fur at its Vinnies shops in Western Australia, the St Vincent de Paul Society will receive a Proggy Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia. In addition to the framed award, the charity will be featured on PETA.org.au. PETA’s Proggy Awards (“Proggy” stands for “progress”) recognise animal-friendly achievements in commerce and culture.

“By giving fur the cold shoulder, the St Vincent de Paul Society proves it is an organisation dedicated to advocating for justice and quality of life for all”, says PETA Australia’s Associate Director Ashley Fruno. “We hope all Vinnies shops across the country will follow Western Australia’s lead.”

The society plans to donate all existing fur items in its 48 Vinnies shops in WA to local animal-welfare groups, who will then repurpose them.

As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – animals on fur farms are confined to cramped, filthy cages before they’re drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted and even skinned alive for fur coats, collars and cuffs.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.