Each year in Canada, over 3 million fur-bearing animals are killed and skinned for fashion and bits of trim.
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing animals has long campaigned against the RCMP for using fur, especially when they are funded by taxpayer money.
In the past, we have met with the RCMP uniform division in person to show them photos and videos of animals suffering in traps. We have also offered to help raise funds to research and test suitable non-animal alternatives for their uniform.
Despite our best efforts, the RCMP continues to ignore our pleas on behalf of the animals.
The Director of the Uniform and Equipment Program for the RCMP, Guy Rochette, Supt., claims the use of fur is important for health and safety reasons. Rochette says, “I can assure you that the RCMP is well aware of public opinion on the use of fur and is taking this into serious consideration. (But) At the end of the day, the health and safety requirements of our members remains our number one priority – and there will be no compromise." (Jan. 2009)
We need your support to help encourage the RCMP to stop using fur on their uniform and replace it with a non-animal alternative.
- Guy Rochette Director, Uniform and Equipment Program
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Dear Mr. Rochette,
As a caring and compassionate Canadian, I refuse to let my tax dollars pay to fund the use of real fur on the RCMP uniform.
Each year in Canada, over 3 million fur-bearing animals are killed and skinned for fashion and bits of trim. Animals such as coyotes and muskrats (currently used on the RCMP uniform) are caught in the wild in horrific leg-hold, Conibear or snare traps.
For too long the RCMP have ignored the wishes of compassionate Canadians everywhere, including me.
On behalf of fur-bearing animals everywhere, I urge you to please take immediate action to replace fur on the RCMP uniform with a non-animal alternative. Clearly in the year 2012, a suitable synthetic or natural material exists.
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