Maybe vegan Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning performance in Black Swan inspired us. PETA supporters took the use of fur in Paris Fashion Week collections into their own toe shoes with a demonstration that was visually stunning. To pointe out how animals killed for their fur are bludgeoned, electrocuted, and skinned alive, a dancer wearing a fur coat was sniffed, stalked, and "bitten" by other dancers portraying the animals she was wearing, and then her limp body was carried away.
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The ballet, which featured dancers from Cirque du Soleil, Mozart, and Dracula, was performed outside the historic ballet venue Paris Opéra just after Stella McCartney's fur-free fashion show. The group drew a huge crowd and gave a convincing portrayal of why people should pirouette away from cruel fur.
Written by Michelle Sherrow