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Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson joins campaign against fur

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Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is taking part in PETA's latest anti-fur campaign, appearing in a video saying he prefers "ink, not mink."

"I'd rather be myself than wear fur," the shirtless, heavily tattooed Lawson says, "because no matter what the pain is from the tattoo, it's not going to amount to what the animals are feeling when their skin is used for, you know, just clothing and things like that.

“They’re beaten, they’re put in small cages, basically tortured before they’re skinned alive."

As he speaks in the video, images are shown of fur being harvested from a variety of animals.

The point guard has made the pledge to be “fur-free,” according to a press release from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, www.PETA.org).

Lawson joined a roster of other pro athletes that sport their ink instead of mink for PETA. including Terrell Suggs, Tony Gonzalez, Aaron Curry, Antoine Bethea, Michael Strahan, Metta World Peace, Willis McGahee and Maurice Jones-Drew, according to KDVR-Channel 31.

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