The charity Family Aid of Iceland has decided not to distribute fur coats to homeless Icelanders, as planned, RÚV reports. The 200 fur coats were donated to the charity by PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals), and were to be distributed today and tomorrow.
Family Aid of Iceland has issued a statement, explaining that since the fur coats number 200, but the charity’s clients are in the thousands, the organization was unable to decide which ones deserved to benefit from the donation.
Ásgerður Jóna Flosadóttir, CEO of the charity stated that Family Aid has access to the national register and people’s tax returns in order to identify those in need.
The donation has been harshly criticized in recent days, since the coats have been spray painted in pink to prevent resale. Critics have pointed out that the pink paint would label those who receive the coats as poor. Besides, they have noted that the need for warm covers is much greater elsewhere, such as among refugees.
Still, the fur coats won’t be disposed of. The statement issued by Family Aid explains that, “[h]omeless people have already received fur coats to keep warm in unheated housing and leaky cabins. The fur coats will be donated to the animal shelters that operate in the country.”