Footballer Bret Lockett bares all for anti-fur campaign

Saturday, December 29, 2012
[PHOTO: ©PETA/Gabrielle Revere] 
Los Angeles: Former New England Patriots safety and current Las Vegas Locomotives defensive back Bret Lockett has been known to put some pretty mean hits on opponents, but he recently called a timeout to come to the defense of animals used for fur. Wearing nothing but his tattoos, Lockett is featured in a new PETA ad shot by top celebrity photographer Gabrielle Revere next to the words "Ink, Not Mink. Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin, and Let Animals Keep Theirs."

After seeing graphic video footage of animals killed for fur, Lockett, who was visibly moved, granted PETA an exclusive interview. "What really hurt me was when I saw that an animal was still able to move and lift [his] head up after he was completely skinned," said Lockett. "It brought tears to my eyes."

According to PETA activists, "Every year, millions of foxes, minks, and rabbits—and even cats and dogs—are beaten, electrocuted, and strangled for their pelts. Many are skinned alive. For every piece of fur—whether it's a full-length coat or a bit of trim on a collar or cuff—animals suffered immensely."

Lockett joins fellow gridironers Terrell Suggs, Michael Strahan, Chad Ochocinco, Tony Gonzalez, Aaron Curry, and Willis McGahee as well as a growing list of other professional athletes who have teamed up with PETA to help animals.
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