Carley’s fur crusade

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CARLEY Stenson launched a one-woman protest against using real fur outside a Birmingham store.

The former Hollyoaks star, who grew up in Billinge, posed outside Harvey Nichols with a fake skinned fox and placard reading: “Here’s The Rest Of That Fur Coat”.

The idea of wearing fur sickens me

Backing the campaign, run by animal welfare charity PETA, Carley said: “The idea of wearing fur sickens me.

“There’s so much fake fur out there now – there’s no need to wear real fur and make animals suffer.

“I’ve been in touch with PETA for a while and ultimately that’s what I want to get in to.

“I’d love to have a farm where I could look after rescued animals.”

Animal charities said Harvey Nichols announced a fur-free policy in 2004 but later decided to sell fur-trimmed items.

A spokesman for the store chain said: “Harvey Nichols is committed to sustainable and responsible practice across all areas of its business, and ethical trading is an important part of this programme.

“We only source products from reputable brands, which includes seeking the assurance that the fur they use in products has been sourced responsibly.

“We also expect these brands to adhere to the Origin Assured programme and other labelling initiatives as recommended by the International Fur Federation.”

The 32-year-old was in Birmingham as she stars in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, at the New Alexandra Theatre.