Please protest norwegian olympic fur!
- Below an action alert. I would like to protest too, but it not easy for me to write a good letter in English.
English it is not my primary language (I am French).
If you can send me a sample letter, I would be glad to receive it. My email: fmichel.da@...
(fmichel.daATwanadoo.fr if you are with no-mail option on this group).
I will forward the sample letter to French-speaking militants for animals.
From: Anton Krag <anton@...>
Subject: PLEASE PROTEST NORWEGIAN OLYMPIC FUR!
Appeal for help:
PLEASE SEND A PROTEST AGAINST NORWEGIAN OLYMPIC FUR!
S U M M A R Y:
THE OFFICIAL NORWEGIAN OLYMPIC UNIFORM CONTAINS A HOOD MADE OF RACCOON DOG
FROM CHINA. OUR AIM IS TO GET THE SPORTING AUTHORITIES TO REMOVE THE FUR
BEFORE THE GAMES START. PLEASE HELP US PUT PRESSURE ON THE NORWEGIAN
CONFEDERATION OF SPORTS! PROTEST TO: fellesadm@...
B A C K G R O U N D:
The winter Olympics are taking place in Torino from 10-26 of February 2006.
Unfortunately the official Norwegian Olympic uniform contains real fur.
When the uniforms were released in December last year the Norwegian Animal
Welfare Alliance (NAWA) contacted the Norwegian Confederation of Sports to
make our views known.
The Norwegian Confederation of Sports was not able (or willing) to provide
documentation about the origins of the furs. NAWA obtained a piece of the
fur an had it DNA tested in Germany.
The results show that the fur is raccoon dog. Also, according to the
manufacturer, Phenix of Japan, the fur is from China. This is particularly
disturbing to us considering the recent exposure of the Chinese fur trade (
NAWA informed the The Norwegian Confederation of Sports about our new
information on 25 January. However, the sporting authorities have still not
decided to remove the furs. We find this surprising as the fur is simple to
remove as it is connected to the coat by a zipper.
NAWA has mobilised pressure locally. Now we ask you to help us put
international pressure on the Norwegian Confederation of Sports!
C O N T R I B U T E:
Please send a strong protest in polite language to:
The Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
Address: Serviceboks 1, Ullevål Stadion, 0840 Oslo, Norway.
tel: +47 21 02 90 00, fax: +47 21 02 90 01,
email: fellesadm@... & solveig.holst@...
I N T E R N A T I O N A L M E D I A C O V E R A G E
OSLO (AFP) - Animal rights activists called on Norwegian sporting
authorities to remove fur that adorns the official garb of the Scandinavian
country's Olympic team headed for Turin in Italy next month. "Representing
Norway as a nation, dressed in fur, is to take an extremely controversial
political stand," Live Kleveland with the Norwegian Animal Welfare Alliance
told AFP. The Norwegian delegation will be dressed in red and white gear
equipped with hoods rimmed with fur, probably from Chinese raccoon dogs. "We
have six hours of film showing that raccoon dogs in that country are bred in
abominable conditions: they are skinned alive, they are killed in an
extremely brutal manner, they are transported in tiny cages," Kleveland
said. Her group has handed over the film to the Norwegian Confederation of
Sports, which has pledged to look into the origin of the fur used for the
Olympic costumes. "If we discover unacceptable facts related to the origin
of the fur, we will of course take the consequences," head of the
confederation Karl-Arne Johannessen said in a statement. In the meantime,
the sporting authorities have left it up to each individual athlete to
determine whether or not to remove the detachable fur from their hoods.
Kleveland meanwhile emphasized that she and other activists would "do
nothing that could detract from the Norwegian athletes' performance during
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