To: WILLIAMS-SONOMA, INC. /POTTERY BARN KIDS - Stop selling plush animal head trophies
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Dear Mses. Albers, Stangl, and McWilliams:
We petition Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and its subsidiary, Pottery Barn Kids, to stop selling plush animal head children's wall decor that are marketed as "Jenni Kayne Plush Lion Head", as well as zebra and walrus heads. Children are very impressionable, and this is sending a subtle message that putting heads of lions, zebras, or other animals on one's wall is acceptable.
Trophies may at one time been socially acceptable, but no longer. The international public has come out roundly against trophy hunting of African animals in particular.
The July, 2015 killing of Cecil the Lion by an American dentist caused worldwide outcry. Several major airlines immediately banned the transport of trophy-hunted remains of animals. Costa Rica outlawed all trophy hunting, and Australia had earlier banned the import of trophy-hunted lions.
Trophy hunting of African and other wildlife is now receiving global criticism as antiquated, senseless and cruel. It disrupts animal ecosystems and families, and is contributing to the rapid decline of many species. Fully 98% of people in an October, 2015 online MSNBC poll think the U.S. should do more to prevent its citizens from hunting African lions. (http://www.msnbc.com, see poll re "Blood Lions").
Less than 100 years ago there were over 200,000 wild African lions. Today there are estimated to be about 20,000:
"Just over a century ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, there are only about 20,000; lions are extinct in 26 African countries and have vanished from over 90 percent of their historic range. Though lions still exist in 27 African countries and one Asian country, only seven countries are known to each contain more than 1,000 lions." The species is rapidly declining partly due to "unsustainable trophy hunting". (source: www.panthera.org/#/cat/lion)
In October, 2015, MSNBC in the U.S. is repeatedly airing the documentary "Blood Lions", which exposes the captive lion breeding, cub petting and secret, canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. This documentary is also airing in several countries.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. speaks proudly of its "corporate responsibility". Corporate responsibility is commonly understood as companies utilizing their financial strength, products, resources and influence for positive impact on our world.
Good corporate responsibility would be Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and Pottery Barn Kids endorsing the protection of African and other rare animals.
Demonstrate this by selling only whole plush animals as decor or to cuddle and play with. Please do not sell products that "normalize" disembodied heads of lions, zebras, walruses or other wildlife as acceptable wall decor.
Children should be taught to love animals as whole living beings, not as trophy heads on walls.
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