“In the session, the topic was clear — elephant ivory shouldn’t be commercialized,” said Roberts. “In that moment I thought about what other items should be removed from commerce.”
The group decided that instead of throwing unwanted fur coats or hats in the back of a closet, the materials should be donated and put to good use.
With the campaign in its third year, more than 800 items of fur, worth $1.5 million dollars, have been donated and sent to several wildlife centers across the country.
“Donations keep pouring in, it’s pretty overwhelming,” said Roberts. “We actually have piles in our office.”
“Some of the items have been in their families for generations and they’re very sad to part with them,” Roberts said. “But knowing that it’s for a good cause makes it easier for them to donate. People are inspired by the outcome of the furs.”
According to Roberts, there are multiple purposes for the campaign. Not only does it want to comfort wildlife, but the organization also wishes to spread awareness about the fur trade in America and put an end to it.
The campaign will run between the months of September to the end of December. To donate, it is best to ship items to their office: Born Free USA, 2300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 100B, Washington, DC 20007.
“We want to get furs out of people’s homes,” said Roberts. “People shouldn’t wear fur – it belongs to animals.”