The “Furries” are back in Pittsburgh.
Thousands of people dressed as “humanized” animals, known as “furries,” are in Pittsburgh for the annual Anthrocon convention.
“Furries” or anthropomorphics are people who attribute human-like qualities to animals.
Anthrocon is the biggest convention in the world devoted to “furries,” generating millions for the Pittsburgh economy.
“This has brought a total of $41 million to our economy,” Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Craig Davis told KDKA. “Just this year alone, $7 million.”
“Furries” from over 25 countries attend the conference and they come from all walks of life, like this weapons manufacturer who’s dressed as a fox.
“I think if my co-workers knew this is what I do, they’d take out a hunting permit on me,” the Fox says.
Anthrocon board chairman Dr. Samuel Conway sees no harm in this fascination.
“Why do people buy tickets to the Super Bowl?” he asks. “Why do people go fishing? It’s what they’re into. It relaxes them. It gets them through the day.”