Annie Yi Strips For PETA Ad: “I’ll Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur!”

By on March 9, 2012 in Hot Gossip!, NEWS

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Taiwanese actress, Annie Yi (伊能静), shot a set of nude photos in an anti-fur ad for animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia. In the photos, Annie was completely nude and used her arms to cover her bare breasts, making an emphatic statement, “I’ll rather go naked than wear fur!”

On March 8th, 44-year-old Annie Yi appeared at a PETA Asia press conference in Beijing, urging that all forms of life should be cherished and not sacrificed in the name of fashion and beauty. Confessing of her past ignorance on the cruel and violent practices of the fur farming industry, Annie admitted that she was a former consumer of fur garments. However, her perspective changed after watching a video depicting the gruesome process of how animals were skinned for their fur.

China has become the world’s leading fur exporter, an industry that was valued at more than $15 billion worldwide. Since Chinese laws do not protect the welfare of animals in captivity, there were no penalties for Chinese fur farms practicing animal abuse. Clustered in eastern China, these fur farms were often family businesses.  Subject to prolonged and intense stress, the captive animals paced nervously in their cages, panted in anxiety, and even resorted to self-mutilation and cannibalism. Each year, millions of Artic foxes, raccoon dogs, mink and Rex rabbits were killed at these fur farms. Videotapes have emerged where the animals were thrown to the ground, kicked at, and subject to other physical violence in an attempt to stun them. While such violence immobilized the animals, they often remained alive when they were skinned for their furs, experiencing an unimaginable level of mental and physical pain.

Stripping naked in PETA Asia’s anti-fur campaign, Annie Yi hoped to enhance people’s awareness of unnecessary animal suffering. On her Weibo blog, Annie wrote, “If people considered their bodies to be so precious, even assigning moral value to them, why do we only strive for beauty and not the needs of survival? Why do you peel the skin of other creatures?”

Annie Yi urged people to consider the origins of consumer products and the value of life that may have been sacrificed in the production process, “If your beauty originates from decorating yourself with the killings of life, then this kind of beauty will result in a stench that other people can see! As a result, I think that true beauty emanates first from the heart.”

This was not the first time that Annie Yi has stripped naked before the camera. The former teen idol also bared it all for a breast cancer awareness campaign in 2006. Unafraid of her recent PETA Asia ad sparking controversy, Annie urged more people, including celebrities, to not support the fur farming industry, while advocating for the ethical treatment of animals.

Watch Video on Chinese Fur Industry (Contains Disturbing Images)

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  • 42 comments to Annie Yi Strips For PETA Ad: “I’ll Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur!”

    1. Funn Lim says:

      First I don’t know her. Second, this is Peta’s usual ad strategy and I find it boring. Can we have less nudity and more on point? Because her hair in on her head, shave that off and that is more appropriate. Never liked PETA’s messages. I mean I agree on the whole no fur coat thing, but I don’t see how naked celebrities relate directly to the real message except for shock value and that is not shocking anymore.

      And I have seen one video where one poor animal was stripped off its fur to make ugg boots and it was alive and I have never ever felt so much pain before. Yes it is a chinese farm. But demands fuel supply. What do these people care when they can earn a living feeding their young?

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        She is mostly in CHina and Taiwanese series so if you don’t watch those then you will not know her.

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      • advo replied:

        PETA has always been extremist. I dislike fur as well but their overzealous methods often have the opposite effect and ends up offending people instead of making them sympathetic to their cause.

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    2. someone says:

      Why covers the best parts and does not display another best part. If naked, then do full nudity!!!!

      I always get disappointed by breast cancer awareness’ and this animal protection’s nudity.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        you are disappointed because they do to little or do too much??

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    3. HeTieShou says:

      It is great that Annie is doing this for a good cause. I hope that people will stop wearing fur and will think about what those poor animals go through and how they suffer. I personally never liked wearing fur at all and at most I would wear faux fur if I had to, but never real fur. I would feel so uncomfortable.

      It seems like in China they don’t even care for the people, but for the animals?? No way! They just care about making money and profits at the expense of others’ lives whether it be people, animals or any living thing…

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      • FanWen replied:

        In China your own human race don’t even get respect so don’t expect any respect or love towards animals! It makes me sick!

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        • Funn Lim replied:

          Only in China? It happens everywhere but China got jumped on the most for the most exposure!

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    4. TVBFanatic says:

      Kinda reminds me of Jessica Alba

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    5. EkinFan says:

      I just wanna see some *

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    6. ita says:

      she looks very good for 43 years old. looks a bit photoshop the body. For those don’t know her she’s harlem yu ex wife, got divorce after caught having an affair w/ china actor i think…

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Not sure if that is the reason that they divorced… I just heard that she got divorced and then started dating Taiwanese actor Victor Huang.

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        • Ita replied:

          I think she was photograph holding hand with victor huang and then husband filed for divorce. But according to the news before divorce they have been separated for period of time something like that if not mistaken..

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    7. pandamao says:

      ugh – what a disturbing video. Want to say, hate the chinese for the lack of sympathy, but i know i should not penalize the whole country for a few idiots.

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    8. Kidd says:

      The video does more to prevent fur wearing then the naked photos.

      I’m against fur farming too. It’s heart-wrenching to see the conditions of the animals. Will they die of cold or unhealed wounds? Who will the cruel farmer let the animals regrow the skin and fur before skinning them again? very heartless. People should not wear real fur now after we have synthetic fur.

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    9. moses says:

      She could stoned to death in Iran if Annie was a iranian and Muslim ,come on ,why cover your breast ,let us see all lah ?
      Show them all lah like the South American Indian and you are old **** and escort ,betray Harlem Yu.

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    10. Iskandar says:

      Well ,let not wear anything by than ,why cover ?show us all.
      Well you could stoned in Saudi Arabia and Iran under the law fatwa.

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    11. Eunice says:

      annie looks amazing for her age. if i didn’t know who she is, i’d think she’s in her late 20s!

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      • Nicole replied:

        Photoshop obviously.

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    12. K-Hau says:

      Kool, get popularity by stripping.

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    13. munkimui says:

      this is what khloe kardashian did as well.

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    14. sushiroll says:

      Then i hope this chick doesn’t own any leather shoes, leather handbags, leather wallets etc. Hypocrite.

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    15. lychii04 says:

      Just wondering, are PETA against fake fur as well?

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    16. peary says:

      alot of things also make animals suffer: the oil spill, plastic and garbage thrown into the water, birds swallowing small plastic thinking that it is food. Synthetic fur is usually non biodegradable. The factories that makes our ipods, cell phones, etc.. we wipe out habitats, environments to build these factories… if there was no fur, are they really suffering less?
      Anyone remember “I am Legend”.. foliage and deers could be seen when the human population was wiped out.

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      • jayne replied:

        Peary,
        The things you mention about use and disposal of plastics, consumption of non-biodegradable products, fall under environmental responsibility. This is another issue which is of great importance, not only for animals, but for humans and all life forms.

        Skinning an animal for fur garments would not fall under environmental responsibility but rather animal welfare. The means under which the animals are killed causes them considerable suffering. It is equivalent to torture tactics that prisoners are subjected to before their final death. I was reading about death by 1,000 cuts (a form of capital punishment in which a prisoner is slowly sliced in the flesh, decapitated, and suffers great pain before its death). This is an extreme example, but the manner of death may mean significantly more suffering.

        At the same time, the anti-fur movement also urges consumers to not wear fur, a fashion trend which is not a necessity.

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        • jayne replied:

          Between the synthetic materials that are available these days, such as fake leather versus real leather, manufacturers are now coming up with biodegradable faux leather and more environmentally friendly materials.

          So if the consumer finds it to be an important issue, we can make informed choices and change our lifestyle habits in some ways.

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    17. Fox says:

      Why ppl always have to go naked when they are talking about the fur? Normal clothes can’t help? It can be creative at first but too many nude for no fur! The artists should re-think of nude again because if the nude isn’t well done, it can be very disgusting and ppl will focus on the nude more than the message about fur.

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    18. Ita says:

      Wearing animal fur is kInda barbaric. We have coat that can keep us warm i dont understand why ppl wear fur, is it social status?beauty? .

      I stop taking my kids to go to circus after i saw a very depressing and hungry tigers on rhe show. One tiger poops during the show and another tiger fight over the poops to eat. That kinda make me wOndering… I am not animal activist or anything but i feel that if i can contribute even for 0.000001 percent, at least i do my part …

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    19. veejay says:

      China’s laws on animal is just too ugly & disgusting. I hope wwf or any powerful society will take action on these greedy business and release those poor animals. The video is indeed disturbing but can imagine we can disgusted watching the video and what about those poor animals who r kept in the cage waiting to be skinned alive? The must be scares to death and wish they reunite with their FAMILY. God please help them. Gosh, i think i wont visit china at all, they r just too sick!

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      • veejay replied:

        Sorry for those errors. I m using mobile to send message. God, plz help poor animals. They deserve to live just like everyone does.

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      • Fox replied:

        Honesty, this action can happen in every countries. Have you ever seen the clips of small dogs and cats are tortured to death in Europe and US? Some ppl are sick, dun generalise.

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    20. sushiroll says:

      leather handbags, eating meat etc is just as bad as wearing fur. animals get killed, there’s no difference.

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      • Fox replied:

        Most of ppl don’t kill natural animals to eat. I say most because there are some natural animals who are killing for meat by most of countries in the world.

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    21. darren says:

      maybe she should be a vegan too. has she seen the slaughter house?

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    22. HeTieShou says:

      I heard that Maggie Q is a Vegan…

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    23. Stephanie says:

      Hi Brave and courageous girl, your efforts should be praised and not condemned. Well done in doing what is right and showing a good example through media. Indeed, it is a powerful tool to affect the new generation nowadays.

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    24. Larry 3 says:

      boobie covered up 🙁

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    25. pingta says:

      I wouldn’t even want to bother even if she has her full body stripe naked!! She’s so cheap and ugly!!! Vomit!

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      • Stephanie replied:

        Why commenting on other people’s appearance?
        Its a brave action in order for her to remove her clothes and face the camera.

        So, no matter for what reason, she deserves a praise.

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        • derp replied:

          Is that what they called nowadays? Noble for taking off clothes for a cause that can be done other ways that isn’t so morally degrading? In today’s world it seems keeping your clothes on is harder than taking your clothes off.

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        • Stephanie replied:

          Respect for her contribution, Derp.

          She is doing it for a purpose. Not about taking off clothes for pleasure.

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        • Veejay replied:

          She may seems doing it on purpose but who knows what’s she thinking deep down?

          Dont get me wrong, I support PETA and an animal lover who detest ppl who bullied animals.

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