Waka Flocka Flame appeared in the campaign earlier this year, and now inked up NBA player Chris “Birdman” Andersen (Denver Nuggets) is the latest to choose “Ink, Not Mink.”
The 33-year-old basketball pro is the latest to display his extensive tattoo collection in a campaign for PETA’s iconic “Ink, Not Mink” campaign, enjoying others to pick tattoos to cover their skin instead of an animal’s fur.
Each year, millions of animals (including foxes, minks, coyotes, rabbits, and even dogs and cats) are bludgeoned to death, electrocuted, strangled, or skinned alive — all in the name of fashion.
Andersen feels for them, and wants to do his part to support a cause for anti-fur.
“These animals aren’t dying in a good way. … Animals, they don’t deserve to be beaten or slaughtered [for fur],” he tells PETA.
For every coat, collar, cuff, or piece of trim made from real fur, animals were trapped in the wild or kept in cages their whole lives, only to suffer agonizing deaths. Chris urges his fans never to buy or wear fur and shares an important message alongside PETA.
“Be aware of what was really going on behind the scenes, and tell your friends and your family members what’s really going on and not to purchase fur,” he said.
Below is a behind the scenes look at Andersen’s “Ink, Not Mink” photoshoot, as well as a little about why he wanted to be involved.
PETA is also running a contest, giving away the PETA T-shirt worn and autographed by Chris Andersen in his shoot. Head to PETA.org to enter.