A woman wearing nothing but pasties from the waist up made a definite statement on the streets of Palm Springs on Friday.
At the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way, she and a small group of others were protesting the use of animal skins in footwear.
Some of them carried signs reading, “Exotic skins belong in the jungle, not on your feet” and “Whose skins are you in?”
The initiative was launched by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In a statement released to the media, the director of communications said, “we want shoppers to know that exotic animals are skinned alive, beaten to death, or killed for their skins in other cruel ways.”
The woman wearing just body paint, though, grabbed most of the attention. Some cars traveling down Palm Canyon Drive slowed down to take a picture out of the window. Others who were walking had to stop and ask questions. Volunteers had hand-outs to give them.
There were no reports of any backlash toward the protesters, but Palm Springs police were standing by just in case.