Newsletter - Animal Writes sm
24 November 1999 Issue


In Defense of Animals (IDA) is once again actively promoting Fur Free Friday. This year we are kicking off our Boycott Saks campaign. To complement the many other groups focusing on certain fur retailers, we are committed to ending Saks Incorporated's promotion and sales of fur. Their constant promotion of fur plays an integral part in keeping the fur industry in business.

Along with the 60 Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide (18 free standing), Saks Incorporated also owns Proffits, McRae's, Younkers, Parisian, Herberger's, Carson Pirie Scott, Bergner's, Boston Store, Off 5th, Bullock & Jones, and two mail-order houses, Folio and Bullock & Jones. This totals 362 targets in 38 states! (Brody's, Parks-Belk, Hess and Loveman were acquired by Saks Inc. Presently, Saks Inc. has acquired 18 Dillard's stores.)

All this gives ample opportunity for activists in less populated areas to get involved in protests and demonstrations. Even a few activists leafleting and holding signs in protest is effective in places where the local media is hungry for any story. Small-town news media will spend the extra time to tie these events in with national actions.

We kindly ask for everyone's help in making this a true boycott. Please cut up your correlating credit card (ask your friends and family to do the same) and send them to:

R. Brad Marin,
Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer
Saks Incorporated
750 Lakeshore Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35211
Phone: (205) 940-4000
Fax: (423) 981-6325
and: James A. Coggin, President

Please call us or check our website for store locations close to you. Also listed will be the addresses of each chain.

Let Saks know you are choosing to boycott because of their sale and promotion of fur; a choice the animals do not have! Saks Incorporated can offer the ultimate customer service, compassion.

What In Defense of Animals has to offer you:

* As many free flyers as you can hand out
* Up to $250.00 in matching funds for anti-fur advertising in your area.(open to the first 20 groups)
* Graphic posters
* Non-Graphic posters
* Information -- 100s of activists call our office throughout the season looking for protests in their areas; let us know what you have planned and we will post it on our website and will make the connection for each caller.
* Accessibility -- we are here from 9am to 6pm pst. I can be reached at 415-388-9641 extension 15, and you can page me any other time at 415-485-2827.
* Response -- we will put your event on within 24 hours of receiving it. Please email to: [email protected]
* Experience -- our staff is here to help you with press releases and any other activism questions.
* Your materials order will be filled within one week.

New Boycott Saks materials will be featured on our website on November 3rd. You will be able to print some of these as .PDFs or you can order directly from us through the online order form.

With your help we are coming ever closer to ending the cruel and senseless fur industry. With Boycott Saks we are focusing on the one thing that the retailers listen to: decreasing profits.

Gerard Livernois
Fur Campaign Coordinator
Source: [email protected]

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