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PETA activists protest topless at Toronto Fashion Week

Heather (right, last name not given) and Kate Steen (left), with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), bare it all in their "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" protest against the use of animal skins in fashion at Exhibition Place in Toronto Tuesday, March 29, 2011 during Toronto Fashion Week.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals bared almost all outside Toronto's LG Fashion Week on Tuesday to protest the use of animal skins in fashion.

Two women posed topless in their skivvies and high heels behind a banner that said "Bare Skin, Don't Wear Skin" while fellow activists held signs reading "Animals are Not Ours to Wear" and "Trapped By Greed."

The group's presence was part of their ongoing "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign.

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Cars slowed to a crawl along Strachan Avenue just outside the gates, many honking at the protesters. Construction workers milling around pulled out camera phones to capture the action.

A PETA video notes that several designers and retailers make their creations without using real fur, leather or animal-derived textiles. The organization notes that Suzy Shier, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Stella McCartney refuse to use fur in their creations.



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