By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com January 08 2003 12:00 AM ET
Thousands of leather enthusiasts attending the Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday may be given a thrashing by a local People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization, reports Cybercast News.
Lisa Franzetta, spokeswoman for PETA, said that although no formal protest plans have been made, the mistreatment of animals for a leather lifestyle is unacceptable. "Wearing animal skins won't make you look sexy," Franzetta said to CNS.com. "Our position is that whatever your fetish, animal suffering is a turn-off. Moving away from products like leather that animals have had to suffer so miserably for would be a true source of pride."
Franzetta said several companies have vegan options for those who prefer animal-safe bondage equipment.