Target: Stephen Marks, CEO of French Connection
Goal: Tell French Connection to stop selling products made with angora wool
The production of angora wool for clothing depends on the suffering and pain of angora rabbits. Sadly, French Connection has decided to resume selling angora wool. The company made this decision despite being informed and fully aware of the way angora is taken from rabbits–it is torn and ripped from the bodies of these vulnerable animals while they are tightly tethered and stretched out on boards.
Workers quickly and carelessly rip the fur out of rabbits’ skin, leaving sore, and sometimes open, wounds. There are no safety regulations to protect these animals and no relief for the pain they are subjected to. Tools used for cutting their fur can also easily cut their skin as the rabbits squirm and scream in pain as they try to escape. The rabbits are then left in small cages on filthy floors where they can barely move.
The process of harming, neglecting, and in many cases, abusing animals for profit must be stopped. A huge company like French Connection is not in need of angora wool in order to keep their sales numbers high. Fashion items sold at the expense of animals’ safety and lives is not acceptable and should not be condoned by any company. Other materials are readily available that are not made out of the fur or skin of animals. It is insensitive for French Connection to know about the angora wool industry’s cruel practices, yet still support it by selling its products.
Other major fashion retailers like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Forever 21 have stopped selling angora. These companies understand that manmade products can still be fashionable and more humane. It’s time for French Connection to follow suit and make better-informed decisions regarding where their fashion products come from.
Dear Mr. Marks,
I am shocked and dismayed that French Connection continues to sell angora wool products, especially when you are aware of the damage done to angora rabbits in the process. Many fashion competitors have gone angora-free, and French Connection is now lagging behind.
It’s incredibly disappointing that your company still sells and promotes products that cause pain, stress, shock and fear to animals all for the sake of fashion. Please reconsider your decision and make a more informed, passionate choice for rabbits and animals.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
[Your Name Here]
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