Scenes From the Bloody Protest at the Miss Florida Teen USA Pageant
The furs come from the Fur Information Council of America, an official sponsor of Miss Florida Teen USA, which took place yesterday at the Broward Community College campus in Davie. The animal-rights group has asked the pageant and its parent company, Tel-Air Interests, Inc., to drop its relationship with FICA.
Local activists have organized similar protests in the past.
"Tel-Air's support of this barbaric trade is unacceptable and brings shame to the pageant, as well as the participants," Don Anthony, ARFF's communications director, said in a statement. "With many modern and cruelty-free prize options available, how could the skins of dead animals ever be considered a prize?"