Source: CAFT / b_wyker@...
Last year the women's apparel store "Express" began carrying jackets and
many other items trimmed with real fur. CAFT sent a letter to Michael
Weiss, president of the company, asking that Express immediately
discontinue all sales of fur garments. Express has yet to do so.
Please contact Express and let them know that you will not shop at their
stores until they adopt a no-fur policy.
Mr. Michael Weiss, President
One Limited Parkway
Columbus, OH 43230
If you send an email, please be sure to print it out and mail to Express.
Letters and calls are more effective then emails. CAFT would appreciate a
copy of any correspondence.
**** Sample letter ****
Please implement a policy against the sale of fur and fur-trimmed items
Dear Mr. Weiss:
I am very disappointed that Express has not yet made a commitment against
the sale of fur and fur-trimmed products.
Each year more than 40 million animals are killed for fashion. Whether
used as a full-length coat or simple trim, fur represents senseless pain
and suffering. With beautiful faux fur alternatives widely available,
there is no need to torture and kill animals to make a fashion statement.
Animals caught in traps or snares may suffer for days before dying of
exposure, exhaustion or strangulation. In addition to the desired
fur-bearing animals, trappers also catch non-target animals including
deer, birds, squirrels, endangered species, and companion cats and dogs.
Farm-raised fur comes from animals kept in tiny, filthy cages deprived of
adequate protection from the elements. There are no U.S. laws regulating
how animals on fur farms are to be housed or killed. The techniques used
to kill animals on fur farms includes neck snapping, anal electrocution,
and crude carbon monoxide or dioxide "gas chambers" that are notorious for
prolonging the death of animals and for their ineffectiveness, allowing
animals to regain consciousness while being skinned.
There is nothing fashionable about cruelty to animals. Please implement a
permanent policy against the sale of fur and fur-trimmed products. Upon
learning of your compassionate decision to do so, I will again be able
to patronize your business.
**** End sample letter ****
Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade
PO Box 21780
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 328-0736
Fax: (202) 328-0774
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