Australia: 2012 FUR FREE
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The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 : http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
To : Jason.Clare.MP@..., Minister.Plibersek@...
The Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Justice and Minister for Home Affairs, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for Health, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.
Dear Hon Jason Clare and Tanya Plibersek,
A sting operation by the Humane Society International targeting shops in Sydney and online stores in Melbourne found six items labeled synthetic or rabbit fur actually contained illegally imported dog fur.
They included vests, scarves and a child's bag. source: smh.com.au
In recent months high demand for fur has led to a notable increase in the kidnapping of domestic cats and dogs in China, the biggest exporter of fur in the world, where no laws exist at all to protect animals from abuse. It seems that they will go to any lengths to get animals for the trade, making no distinction between strays and pets, gathering any they can find.
More than 50 million animals suffer and die every year for fur worldwide, including an estimated 10 million domestic cats and dogs.
Although cat and dog fur is banned in Australia, huge quantities are still getting through Customs from Asia, often mislabeled as other species or even as labeled as faux fur.
To satisfy the demand for fur, domestic cats and dogs are stolen in Asia, the largest fur exporter. Consumers in Australia don’t even know they may be buying a product made from someone’s beloved pet.
Therefore I ask you to - direct Customs to properly enforce the law banning cat and dog fur imports into Australia.
- enact legislation to ensure ‘truth in labelling’, making it mandatory to identify the species and country of origin for all fur products.
- make retailers aware there is evidence of illegal and hazardous dog fur products on sale in Australia.
Thank you for your time and attention,