To whom it may concern,
It is my understanding that your stores currently stock and sell fur products. This is of great concern due to the inherent cruelty involved in its production - all animals killed for fur, whether they are trapped in the wild or intensively farmed, experience immense suffering prior to death.
Despite the industry attempting to promote the image of fur products coming from nature, 85% of fur used in fashion now comes from animals raised on fur farms.
Fur farms are remarkably uniform around the world with animals being raised under appalling conditions, often kept crammed into row after row of tiny barren cages, and left to stand on metal bars for their entire lives. Such conditions fail to accommodate their natural behaviours, driving many to exhibit clear signs of emotional and mental suffering.
When the animals are slaughtered, the methods chosen – which are known to routinely include gassing, neck breaking, electrocution and live skinning – are designed to protect the pelts from damage with little consideration for the animals’ welfare.
Every year in the wild, millions of animals are trapped using devices such as steel-jaw leghold traps, body-gripping traps and wire neck snares – all of which inflict a great amount of pain and suffering.
You have the opportunity to send a vital message to the fur industry and to concerned customers like me: to breed and kill animals just for fashion or perceived luxury is at complete odds with contemporary views of animal sentience and growing international concern for animal welfare.
I hope you will decide to remove all fur from your stores after considering this information.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.