Target: Dickson Poon, Chairman of Harvey Nichols
Goal: Keep previous promise to keep real fur products off store shelves
After nearly ten years of fur-free sales, UK department store Harvey Nichols will be returning fur products to its shelves. Fall collections include clothing made from the fur of raccoons, rabbits, foxes, and coyotes. Previously a leader in humane clothing sales, the company will be going back on its decade-old pledge of compassion and kindness to animals.
In 2004, the English retail giant made a promise to customers that it would no longer be using real furs in its clothing. After the director’s board reviewed the fur policy, it was decided that Harvey Nichols would switch to compassionate faux-fur alternatives. The company’s new fashion director, Paula Reed, recently reintroduced fur to the shelves, despite a staggering 95% of Britons being against real fur. Ms. Reed has since left the company due to public backlash on her new policy.
A statement from Harvey Nichols’ upper management states that though the fur policy has changed, the company will only be using Origin Assured fur sourced from “humane and ethical” dealers.
Evidence shows that animals in Origin Assured fur farms experience treatment hardly different from regular farms. These so-called humane fur farms keep the creatures in the same small, filthy cages. Animals on these farms still suffer from disease, many with untreated open sores from unsafe cages or fights with others. Origin Assured animals still exhibit insane behavior due to prolonged confinement. Like other fur farms, these animals are also gassed or anally electrocuted in order to preserve the fur during euthanasia.
Subjecting animals to these conditions before killing them in the name of vanity is unacceptable considering the number of faux alternatives. Many conscientious big-name designers are making the change toward humane non-fur fabrics. Your signature will demand that Harvey Nichols rethink their backward decision to stock fur products.
Dear Dickson Poon, Chairman, Harvey Nichols,
It was recently announced that Harvey Nichols’ fall/winter collection will feature clothing made from real furs, which hasn’t happened in nearly a decade. In 2004, Harvey Nichols made a public pledge to become a fur-free establishment. Now, new designs will incorporate furs from rabbits, foxes, coyotes, and raccoons.
Though the furs will be sourced from Origin Assured vendors, there is much evidence that shows these have similarly deplorable conditions to that of any other fur farm. Animals in Origin Assured farms were found to be enclosed in tiny, filthy cages and suffer from disease and sickness. Like most fur farms, many animals will go insane before their death, by gas or electrocution.
No fur products are humane, and while name top-name designers are becoming fur-free, Harvey Nichols is going backwards on their initial promise. I ask that you cancel the sale of any fur items, and return to being a compassionate, fur-free establishment.
[Your Name Here]
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