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From 22 April 2007 Issue
TELL ARMANI TO STOP KILLING RABBITS!
Designer Giorgio Armani recently announced that he is not using fur in his collections, with one big exception: RABBIT FUR. This means MILLIONS of rabbits will suffer and die every year so that they can be made into jackets, hats, glove linings, etc.
- Rabbits in factory farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages, where they are exposed to all weather conditions. They often go without adequate shelter, clean water, and veterinary care, and they are denied the opportunity to engage in even the most basic, natural behaviors, such as stretching their legs and burrowing.
- Fur farmers use the cheapest methods available to kill rabbits, including hitting them on their heads with heavy objects and breaking their necks. These crude killing methods aren't always effective, and sometimes animals “wake up” while they are being skinned.
- Rabbits are intelligent, clean animals with unique personalities. They are individuals with feelings, families, and friendships. They are more than just scraps of skin to be sewn onto collars and cuffs.
You all know this about rabbits. Now it's time to educate Armani.
Besides pointing out the needless suffering of rabbits raised and slaughtered for fur, you may also wish to tell him that according to the American Pet Products Manufacturer's Association, rabbits are the third most popular companion animal in the US. They are also third in Great Britain and are very popular in Japan. You also may mention how many rabbit organizations there are in your locale.
In the metro Washington, DC area alone, there are 17 rabbit rescues and shelters that are involved with rescuing and rehoming rabbits. To a business minded person this equals SALES LOST and the point should not be lost on Armani. Armani is aware of the conditions in rabbit mills and farms, yet he continues to use rabbit fur. What he is probably not aware of is how great rabbits are. Please write to Armani and politely urge him to stop using all the fur in his designs:
George Kolasa,Senior Vice President,Communications
Giorgio Armani Corporation
114 Fifth Ave.,17th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
For more information about the barbarous fur trade, visit www.rabbitwise.org, click on RABBIT ADVOCATE, and then on "Anti-Fur."
RAISE A RUCKUS (politely) FOR THE RABBITS!
Info. from: Rabbitwise alert
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