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Miss Florida USA 86's Animal Fur From Pageant
The winner of Miss Florida USA will no longer don a chic animal-carcass coat, according to a local animal-rights group.
Don Anthony of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida tells New Times that fur will no longer be included in the Miss Florida USA pageant, a change the group has been lobbying for over the past few years.
This year's winner will not receive a full-length mink coat, which has been a tradition of the Miss Florida USA pageant for more than a decade, and no other fur products will be part of the show, Anthony says.
It's not exactly clear why the pageant dropped the fur tradition, but Anthony says it's likely a combination of their protests and the fact that a nonprofit trade organization called the Fur Information Council of America is no longer a sponsor of Miss Florida USA.