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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

Comments

Nobody has the right to take a life. Wearing an animals flesh for the sake of vanity just make me sick. It's bad enough that these beautiful creatures have absolutely no free will from the time they are conceived, but for the selfish humans that parade around in their skins, I cannot fathom how they live with themselves. There's something missing in that persons brain. Sometimes I wish animals could come back from the dead and haunt the hell out of those who hurt them intentionally, like this jerk!

Personal choices affect only the individual making them - this is not the case when wearing fur. Many animals suffer and die unnecessarily when someone imposes their sadistic desires on innocent victims. This young man (murdering a-hole) is arrogant, rude, disrespectful and a lousy excuse for a human being.

Mr Weir, I would like to challenge you to watch the film "Earthlings", as there is nothing I can add to what others have so eloquently stated. Then tell me how you feel.

I try to give athletes a little slack before judging them because their actions are frequently the result of ignorance or poor guidance. But it's hard to excuse this fool. Thanks for the letter.

With all my heart thanks for the well written letter to Johnny Weir. Everybody has a "free" choice in what to wear and what to eat and so does Johnny and now it comes: wearing fur is willfully choosing for cruelty, pain, stress and also often for being skinned alive of animals. Choosing for fur is telling that the person who wear this, is ignorant and deaf for the cruelty and torture of animals, because fur is inexorably linked to all the evil that is connected to this dirty business. So in fact, Johnny is telling us the truth about him: deaf, blind, ignorant, without compassion, kindness and respect towards sentient living beings. Who wants to be friends with such a person...hard-boiled when it comes to the most important things that matters: to live and to let live... The way you make your choices and the way you live is telling who you really are.

Thank you Pricilla For taking the time to educate Mr. Weir on his choice of clothing. Like him so many are living with their eyes "wide-shut" to the world and the evil in it. As humans we were given this world by god to take care of not to rob and pillage it of all it life, just so we can look good. Johnny I challenge you to turn this negitive image around, and help us educate others. We have taken the time to express our disappointment in you. Make us proud today -- use your popularity to educate others. Thank you for your time, God bless, Troy Conn PS. I ALSO CHALLENGE Friends of Animals! If Johnny can do an about face and see our view that we can help him present our case to the world through sponsorship.

You, little boy, are without a doubt, the most egocentric maniacal inhumane person. You care not that even one innocent creature suffered so you, and you are the ONLY one that thinks it, could look good on skates. You not only look ridiculous but you sound like an idiot as well. Hopefully you will listen to what people are trying to tell you and reconsider your thinking process about innocent creatures. I hope you view a video about what it took to get you your fur for your costume and then maybe you will not be so cavalier about it.

GOOD THING I AM NOT ON PANEL.I DON'T THINK I WOULD BE ABLE TO PAY ATTENTION TO HIS SKATING, BUT SITTING IN AWE AT HOW STUPID, CARELESS, AND ILL ONE COULD BE TO WEAR REAL FUR. MAYBE HE SHOULD SPEND A FULL DAY AT ONE OF THOSE FARMS TO SEE WHAT GOES ON THEN GO HOME A TRY TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT, IF YOU CATCH A WINK YOU HAVE NO SOUL,

Wow! How easy is to decide to wear fur and agree with it when it is not your life in danger!! Johnny, How about you try to skin yourself first,see how you feel ?! GO FUR FREE!! THIS IS THE ONLY WAY!!! COME ON!! EVOLVE !!

Yet another whiny ice diva more concerned with himself than anything else much less the suffering and exploitation of animals. Hey, Johnny, did you know that animals are skinned alive, and anally and genitally electrocuted just so you can look like a barbie doll on ice? Do you know how hideous fur farming is and how idiotic you look wearing dead animals? Can you possibly imagine for even ONE SECOND the utter horror, agony, and pain humans inflict on animals just so you can look fluffy on ice? If it were not such a barbaric industry, I'd laugh at you, you look so ridiculous. Is that to draw attention away from you utterly embarrassing skating? Wow, skating has certainly hit bottom.

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