Gemma Collins posed with a fox with skin in a shocking new image, while supporting PETA’s campaign to end the fur trade in the UK.
The TV personality, 40, famously posed naked to participate in the animal rights organization’s I Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign, and she’s now raising the bar while trying to ban fur imports.
As part of her campaign, the TOWIE star is calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to end the ‘barbaric’ practice.
Bringing home the message: Gemma Collins posed with skin-skinned fox in shocking new image as she backs PETA’s campaign to end the UK fur trade
She said in a new video, “You may have heard that I am celebrating my 40th birthday. Yes, that’s four decades of the GC. And do you know who just turned 40? PETA US. That’s four decades of campaigning for animals.
From disrupting fashion runways to holding endless demonstrations, PETA has helped people around the world see the disgusting it is to carry animals.
“We’ve been shown that in the fur industry, animals are kept in cramped cages before being killed in the most gruesome of ways – all for a coat or an edge on a coat.”
She pointed out her own involvement with PETA and continued, “I got involved along the way. I took part in an iconic I Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign.
‘I’m so passionate about ending the fur trade because I think it’s absolutely horrifying how animals are treated so barbarously.
Because of PETA and other animal advocates, fur is now dead, as most high street shops and top designers refuse to use it. But there is still more work to be done.
While fur farms no longer exist here in the UK, fur is still imported from other countries and sold here. That’s not okay. We are a country of animal lovers, so it makes no sense for the UK to support the fur trade.
Turning to the Prime Minister, she concluded, ‘Take it from an icon, Boris – no one needs fur in their wardrobe. Do the right thing – ban the import and sale of fur. Let’s wear our skins and let the animals love them. ‘
Last year, Gemma posed nude in a poignant anti-marine park campaign for PETA.
The TV personality took off to isolate herself in a bathtub in an effort to highlight the plight of captive orcas, dolphins and other animals forced to live in cramped conditions.
The striking image parallels how sensitive marine animals are separated from their families and locked up in concrete tanks that – to them – are the size of a bath, causing extreme stress, loneliness and depression.
Taking a Stand: Gemma Collins has posed nude in a gripping new anti-marine park campaign for PETA, highlighting the plight of captive orcas, dolphins and other animals forced to live in cramped conditions
This isolation – and the desire for freedom – leads to extreme stress, loneliness and depression.
The photo, taken by photographer Ruth Rose, has the tagline, “Could you spend your life in a bathtub?”
In an accompanying video spot, the reality star explains why animals denying everything that is natural and important to them causes them to lash out.
Gemma said, “When people say, ‘Oh my God, why did this whale kill one of our trainers?’
It’s because it’s an animal taken from its mother in the wild, all to live their lives in a bathtub.
Sensitive: Sea animals are separated from their families and locked up in concrete tanks that are – to them – the size of a bath, causing extreme stress, loneliness and depression (pictured an orca at Sea World Orlando in 2014)
‘This is not acceptable. People make money by showing off these animals. ‘
In the wild, killer whales can swim up to 240 miles and bottlenose dolphins can swim up to 60 miles per day.
They can dive to depths of more than 300 meters below the ocean surface and maintain dynamic relationships within large social networks.
At SeaWorld’s parks, 140 dolphins are squeezed into just seven small tanks and cannot escape attacks from other frustrated, aggressive dolphins.
A recent expert report prepared by PETA US revealed that many dolphins at SeaWorld have open wounds and extensive scars – but trainers still rode on their backs and stood on their faces at sea circus gigs, until a recent PETA US campaign prompted them to put an end to this blatant practice.
Speaking: In an accompanying video spot, the reality star explains why denying animals everything that is natural and important to them causes them to lash out
The TOWIE star is asking people to help her, calling for the release of all animals in marine parks.
“Let’s campaign to get all the marine life into a sanctuary that they can really enjoy during their lifetime,” she concludes.
Gemma has previously starred in an ‘I’d Rather Go Naked Than Fur ad for PETA and is part of a long list of celebrities – including Amanda Holden, Sharon Osbourne, Noah Cyrus, Charlotte Crosby, Paul O’Grady, the late Sir Roger Moore , and many others – who have partnered with PETA and its international affiliates to speak out against the captivity of marine mammals.
PETA’s motto states that animals are “not ours to use for entertainment,” and the group opposes speciesism, the human-supremacist mentality that all other animal species are inferior to ours.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.
Charity: The TOWIE star asked people to assist her in the call to release all animals in marine parks