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Open Letter to American Figure Skater Johnny Weir

January 20, 2010 | Fur

Dear Johnny Weir,

Johnny Weir
Johnny Weir

A recent New York Times article discussed your quest for the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics.

The author mentioned your outfit had a "touch of fox" on the shoulders, and, despite your third place showing at the United States Figure Skating Championships on Sunday, you thought your outfit "looked pretty."

Please consider that there's nothing pretty about the fox that suffered and died to trim your outfit. The beautiful fox was likely anally electrocuted, or may have had its head bashed in, only to serve as decoration for someone's performance.

If you buy fur, no matter what size piece, or which animal it comes from, you're supporting an industry that has no respect for animals.

You say that you want to bring an "artistic style" to the Olympics, stating that "everyone can do jumps." But, as past Olympic champions have shown us, style isn't everything. In addition to skill, you must also have a sense of decorum in order to bring home the gold. And projecting a conscientious view of the planet's animals is a starting point.

While you may believe that wearing fur is a "personal choice," kindly know that the animals you wear had no such choice. The fur doesn't magically slide off these beautiful beings. Their nightmare begins in the cramped cages they spend their lives in, where they are forced to lay in their own feces, and ends with first cut in their anuses. Or maybe some animals you wear were caught in leghold traps, and struggled in vain to gnaw off their legs? Either way, there is nothing glamorous or pretty about the cruelty they endured. And it can't be morally justified either.

Friends of Animals urges you, for the sake of humanity, your Olympic ambitions and the hopes of all Americans this winter, to stop wearing the skins of animals. Instead, wow the judges with amazing performances. In the end, nobody cares what a figure skater wears. You will only be judged on your performance and the strength of your character.

Priscilla Feral
President of Friends of Animals


You're wrong Mr. Weir. Fur belongs to the animal only just as your skin belongs to you only.

Sportsmen should be true men in their everyday life, and true men wear their own skin: leave animals alone Johnnie, you don't need to torture and murder anyone to be fashionable. Respect life, animals have your same right to live

`I have always appreciated your aesthetic performances. In my opinion you rank among the most beautiful skaters who have ever performed on the ice. It would be tremendous, if you spoke about the ill conceived choice that you made by wearing the skin of a tortured and murdered animal.

Thank you for writing this letter let's only hope he takes your advice!!!!!

Thank You for writing the letter, I had not heard about this until now. I do hope Johnny Weir will take this as a great opportunity to learn something and pass it on.. Thank You , Nancy

Great letter. We can only hope it will do some good. Maybe a letter writing campaign to him asking him to be a spokesman on behalf of animals - or at least using them for decorations would be a good way to go. Look at Michaael Vick, for example, a guy I think is rotten to the core and now seemingly perfectly acceptable - think that might entice him?? Nah!

In 2010, there is NO need for fur! Come on, now! How sick!

It just goes to show how out of touch people are with what it means having animal parts sewn into their clothing. They don't draw the association between animals and the clothing. They understand-or even take the time to think about-what the animals must go through to give them their fashion choice. Johnny should know better. It's better to think before you act in this case.

I think this letter to Johnny says it all! Fur looks better on the animal not the human!

Johnny's mentality makes us so very sad. Ashamed to be human, actually. The unspeakable animal torture/murder for "just a little fur trim." Tell THAT to the animal who died for that little trim. He should NOT be allowed to promote wearing of FUR while representing a country, here the United States. I implore all to take an hour and 1/2 and sit with loved ones to watch the documentary "EARTHLINGS" compassionately narrated by the lovely Joaquin Phoenix. It should be required viewing for everyone on the planet. And let's all treat our four-legged family members a little nicer..and do all in our power to put an end-once and forever - to this terrorism of animals and the fur trade. PeAcE and LoVe. Lulu


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