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Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan makes Christmas anti-fur protest in Covent Garden

Helen Flanagan dressed as Miss Christmas for the protest, in Covent Garden, calling for shoppers to avoid buying fur products as Christmas presents. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Helen Flanagan dressed as Miss Christmas for the protest, in Covent Garden, calling for shoppers to avoid buying fur products as Christmas presents. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Tim Dickens
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
4:31 PM

Former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan got into the festive spirit today when she became Miss Santa to campaign against animal cruelty.

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Flanagan wore a red dress without the traditional white fur trim. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireFlanagan wore a red dress without the traditional white fur trim. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The TV star popped up in Covent Garden, wearing a Christmas costume without the traditional fur trim, to support the charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta).

During the event Flanagan called the use of fur in fashion “cruel and gruesome” and urged other shoppers not to buy products that could have come from suffering creatures.

Flanagan, who was voted Britain’s sexiest woman in an FHM poll, said: “Fur belongs squarely in Christmas’ past. With all the wonderful stylish, fur-free designs available today, it’s never been easier to celebrate with gifts that are as kind as they are chic.”

Peta said coats, collars and cuffs made from fur involved “immense animal suffering” and claimed that some animals were skinned while still alive. The organisation pointed out that many designers - including Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Westwood - shunned fur.

Helen Flanagan held a sign which read: 'keep it fur free under the Christmas tree. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.Helen Flanagan held a sign which read: 'keep it fur free under the Christmas tree. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Flanagan also held up a sign which read: “Keep it fur-free under the Christmas tree.”

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