Target: Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Save millions of wild and domesticated animals from torture and death by the fur fashion industry.
Millions of animals, included cats and dogs, are killed each year by the fur industry. While we don’t intentionally kill cats and dogs in the U.S., thousands are killed in traps set for the purpose of catching fur industry animals and millions more are killed around the world and imported to the U.S.
Most notably, raccoon dogs have been documented by Born Free USA as being skinned alive. Their fur is frequently sold in the U.S. either falsely labeled as some other type of fur, faux fur, or not labeled at all.
On farm factories in the U.S. and around the world, countless millions of rabbits, foxes, mink, chinchillas, and other animals prized for their fur are forced to spend their entire lives in wire cages and then killed by anal electrocution, neck breaking, or gas chambers. This torture is all in the name of fashion. Whether it’s fur trim or a fur coat, an animal has suffered and died for its creation. This is utterly needless and must be stopped.
Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they must implement and enforce laws regulating trapping to be solely for the purposes of food and must further regulate the types of traps used to protect domesticated animals from accidental entrapment.
Dear Mr. Ashe,
The fur fashion industry in this country is responsible for torturing and killing millions of wild and domesticated animals each year. Raccoon dogs are skinned alive. Domesticated cats and dogs are accidently caught in brutal traps set by fur trappers and often bleed or starve to death before they’re discovered. This same horrible fate is suffered by any wild animal unlucky enough to get caught in these brutal devices.
Farmed rabbits, foxes, mink, chinchillas, and other fur animals spend their lives in wire cages only to be slaughtered by anal electrocution or other horrifying methods. This suffering and death is completely needless and must end. Trapping must be regulated so that it is solely for the purpose of food and in those instances the types of traps allowed must ensure no domesticated animal is accidently caught in its snares.
Fur is not a fashion statement; it’s murder. We demand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implement and enforce regulations protecting animals from the fur industry’s cruel practices.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Piotr Kuczynski