Ban Fur Sales on eBay
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Pierre Omidyar
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John Donahoe

Ban Fur Sales on eBay

    1. Patricia Betty
    2. Petition by

      Patricia Betty

      ESSEX, United Kingdom

The fur trade is a brutal industry. I used to be an eBay customer until I saw how much real fur is sold on the site, including new fur products from China, a country with no animal welfare legislation. There is a lot of evidence about the suffering the fur trade causes to animals and the damage to the environment.
 
Ivory products are not allowed to be sold on eBay because of the cruelty the ivory trade causes to animals. eBay should also ban fur sales on the site -- no one should be allowed to make a profit from this cruel trade. 

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Farmed in tiny cages, clubbed to death or skinned alive - the fate of millions of Chinese animals bred for their fur.

Perhaps such retailers should watch the shocking hard evidence gathered by CWI in conjunction with Swiss Animal Protection and EAST International: undercover film obtained by investigators in late 2004 and early 2005 graphically revealed for the first time how millions of animals in typical Chinese fur farms are confined in rows of tiny, often filthy, wire cages. Housing conditions of this kind result in high cub mortality, self mutilation and pathological behaviours. The foxes and raccoon dogs are now transported under horrendous conditions to wholesale markets where they are slaughtered, skinned, sold and bought by clothing and processing companies.

In shocking sequences, animals were filmed being lifted from their cages using a 'capture pole' with a noose at the end. Helpless and wide-eyed, foxes and raccoon dogs are suspended from their necks for considerable periods of time before workers grab them by their hind legs and, using a wooden or metal club, repeatedly strike them on the head. Others are swung hard against the ground by their hind legs in an attempt to stun or immobilize them, while their cage mates, who are next in line, look on. Many are seen convulsing and trembling, unable to move away, on the ground, no doubt suffering from bone fractures, ruptured organs and internal bleeding.

Then, in perhaps the most shocking scenes of all, workers were filmed as they skin the animals - many still alive - by plunging a knife into the rear of their belly whilst the animal lies on its back or is hung by its legs from a hook. Beginning with the hind legs, workers then wrench the animal's skin from its body, until it peels off over the head. Some workers first hacked off the animal’s paws to facilitate subsequent skinning.

Workers made no attempt to ensure that animals were dead before skinning them. As a result, many remain fully conscious during the entire process and start to writhe until workers again attempt to stun or immobilize them by striking them with the handle of a knife or by standing on their necks. Even after their entire skin has been stripped off, some animals remained alive for up to ten minutes, breathing and moving their heads. © Swiss Animal Protection/East International © Swiss Animal Protection/East International.

When the film was released alongside CWI's report "Fun Fur - a report on the Chinese fur industry" in early 2005 it provoked an international outcry. The brutal footage was circulated on the Internet and broadcast on television in many countries. The Chinese government and fur producers were quick to react, first accusing investigators of having staged these nightmarish scenes, before blaming poor, un-educated farmers for isolated incidents of cruelty, unrepresentative for the industry as a whole.

Worried that such adverse publicity could damage the important economic value of fur exports, the international community was told that the situation had been resolved. The British fur industry, eager not to damage its hard fought for new hip image, was quick to distance itself from fur produced in China, claiming that hardly any of it enters UK or European markets. While China has no laws to protect captive wild animals against even the most devastating abuse, Britain banned fur farming in 1998 because of the unavoidable health and welfare problems associated with farming animals for their fur.

ASK EBAY TO STOP SELLERS FROM MAKING MONEY FROM THIS BRUTAL TRADE

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    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
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      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      Please support this petition on Thunderclap. I have 9 days in which to garner 211 supporters. If you follow the link and add your support and I reach my target, this petition will be sent out to thousands of potential extra signers. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/4099-compassion-in-fashion

      Compassion in Fashion

      Methods used to kill animals for their fur include gassing, electrocution, and neck breaking. Fur-bearing animals are also caught and killed in barbaric body-gripping traps. Neither fur nor fur trim is a byproduct of the meat industry. Rabbit fur is often falsely identified as a byproduct of meat production.

    3. Written to Mr Omidyar today

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      Phoned PETA yesterday and today. I have written to Pierre Omidyar today. Will post his reply as soon as it is received. Please keep spreading the word, eBay can't ignore so many voices.

    4. Reached 40,000 signatures
    5. Thirty Eight Thousand and rising

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      It is taking off and we have had interest from one reporter. I have also had assurances from Ebay Green that they will pass our concerns on to their powers that be. Thank you all, we can do this if we really work at it. Please share with your friends and on social media sites.

    6. Reached 30,000 signatures
    7. Over 15000 signatures

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      When I get 20000 I'm going to the press. Please get your friends to sig and please share on Face Book and Twitter. Together we can make a difference

    8. Reached 15,000 signatures
    9. Together we can make a difference

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      A big thank you to recent signers. Please pass this petition on to friends. Together we can make a difference

    10. Reached 4,000 signatures
    11. I'm still here

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      Still plugging away when ever and where ever I can We will get there in the end

    12. Reached 2,500 signatures
    13. Appointment with Sir Bob

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      Appointment to see Sir Bob Russell on the 3rd April. Wish me luck

    14. Re Letter to Sir Bob Russell on 16th Jan

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      NO REPLY I will give him another week and then I will make an appointment to go to see him

    15. NY fashion week next week

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      I am trying to convert some of the "celebs" at this event via Twitter Will ask them to sign this petition
      WARNING the link below is graphic and not for the squeamish

    16. Joined an animal rights forum

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      Started a blog today Hope it will help to spread the word. Wrote to my MP again re making my town a fur free zone Will write to the local paper too re this petition Thank you all for your amazing support

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures
    18. Moving slowly upwards

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      Gaining more support from Twitter Please pass this on and let's reach 1000 before the end of January

    19. NEW YEAR'S EVE

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      My resolution is to do my best to get all fur sales banned on Ebay in 2012. We are 130 signatures away from 1000. A tenth of the way there. Please pass this petion on to all you think might care enough to help
      HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU

    20. ALMOST CHRISTMAS

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      I have written again to Ebay bosses. Again I am ignored and the fur on Ebay is selling like hot cakes. Please keep spreading this petition link. I hope in the NewYear we can really get this ball rolling. Happy Christmas to all of you good guys out there, and the most miserable Christmas ever to all those FURHAGS

    21. Some people are so heartless

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      Been tweeting like mad to get support. Lots of good people out there but also some who don't care at all. We must be more determined than ever in out campaign because these heartless furhags won't stop on their own

    22. Reopened this petition

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      We need 10000 signatures to get Ebay to listen.

    23. reopened petition today

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      700 signaturesalready sent to Ebay. Need thousands to make a change. Am working on it

    24. Reached 750 signatures
    25. west hollywood to implement fur ban

      Patricia Betty
      Petition Organizer

      Lets fight to make Ebay the next fur free zone

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

      • 1 day ago

      A human being is not the creature which should dress up. Please stop taking fur away from an animal

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    • Stacey Marine DELRAY BEACH, FL
      • 1 day ago

      It's sickening how inhumane the animals are treated. It's not a necessity to treat them as such and cause them horrid pain

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    • janet billam LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      I think my signature says it all.....ban it !

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    • Jeff Wilkes GASTONIA, NC
      • 1 day ago

      It's the right thing to do !

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    • eunice johnston GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      No one needs to wear fur.

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