Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Animal rights activists protest against new pope's clothing

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Rome, March 8 - Animal activists protested in
front of the Gammarelli tailoring shop, creators of the popes'
wardrobe, in Rome on Friday asking that the next pontiff's garb
be fur-free.
The group of demonstrators chained themselves to the shop's
entrance and carried signs reading "We pray, pope, that you not
wear suffering" and "No to clothing with dead animals".
Seamstresses, however, shouted out during protests that no
fur was being used in their work.
Papal ensembles are generally made of wool with special
styling features, including ermine trim and kangaroo-leather
shoes.
"Not only is the suffering of animals upsetting, it is the
(pope's) ostentation. The red kangaroo shoes, robes and
headdress with ermine trim are a slap in the face of poverty
suffered by most of the world," Walter Corporale, president of
the association Animalisti Italiani.
"We would like to see a humble papacy that respects the
environment, animals and others," Corporale said.

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