Fur coats have been given away as beauty pageant prizes for years. Bob Barker quit as host over 20 years ago because of the fur giveaways and, despite the decline in popularity, Miss USA and other pageants continue to ally themselves with the fur industry. The preliminary event for Miss Florida USA 2011 was met by protests because of the Fur Information Council of America sponsorship.
Although the pageant industry claims that competitions have evolved to empower women and judge them on personality and intelligence, the pageant culture still focuses on misogyny, and the prizes promote cruelty.
Tell Miss USA to stop objectifying women and animals, and start promoting compassion.
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