FUR IS OFFENSIVE NOT LUXURIOUS

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FUR IS OFFENSIVE NOT LUXURIOUS

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We, the undersigned, request that the Sandton City centre management follow the ethical, international trend by going FUR FREE. Many shops in Sandton City sell items containing animal fur on the assumption that these are luxury items. We respect your right to have luxury stores but argue that increasingly people NO longer view genuine fur as a luxury or necessary item in the 21st century.

On the contrary, the signatories below find animal fur items offensive, as they are derived from the suffering of innocent creatures. Every year, millions of animals are farmed and killed in horrendous conditions solely to make money in the fashion industry where the use of fur is superfluous. There are many cruelty-free synthetic fabrics that can replace animal fur.

Evidence shows that it is impossible to farm fur humanely. Intensive battery-farming methods are used where wild “fur bearing” animals are crammed into tiny metal cages. Injuries and disease are rife among these creatures. When deprived of the conditions essential to their natural lives, wild animals go insane and exhibit abnormal behaviour. To preserve pelts and lessen expenses, slaughter practices are merciless. Animals are anally electrocuted, gassed, poisoned, bludgeoned to death and even skinned alive. Only the pelt is used and a single garment comprises hundreds of animal skins. Environmental hazards arise from the excessive amounts of ammonia, the thousands of discarded carcasses and the use of toxic chemicals to treat raw hides.

We believe that the fur industry is immoral, as there is no justification to subject animals to prolonged suffering for fashion items. No compassionate person promotes fur fashion in any way, which is why fashion houses such as Hugo Boss and Armani have recently joined the ranks of many other ethical luxury brands. Among other places, West Hollywood has banned the sale of fur, as have Australian department stores. Progressive companies, such as Woolworths have pledged to be fur free through the International Consumers for a Fur Free Society program.

Please do the right thing and join the growing group of companies promoting compassionate retail practices by adopting a fur free policy in your center.

 



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