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21 November 2001 Issue
Fur Free Friday

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. It's no coincidence that it is also Fur Free Friday. What better time to peaceably demonstrate our concern for fur-bearing animals? Each year more than 40 million animals are killed for fashion. Whether used as a full-length coat or simple trim, or sometimes even things as foolish as wearing apparel for our companion animals or coats for Barbie dolls, fur represents senseless pain and suffering. With beautiful faux fur alternatives widely available, there is no need to torture and kill animals to make a fashion statement.

Animals caught in traps or snares may suffer for days before dying of exposure, exhaustion or strangulation. In addition to the desired fur-bearing animals, trappers also catch non-target animals including deer, birds, squirrels, endangered species, and companion cats and dogs. What a strange world this is where cats and dogs are accidentally caught and mutilated in traps so that other cats and dogs can have real fur toys and outfits. Farm-raised fur comes from animals kept in tiny, filthy cages deprived of adequate protection from the elements. There are no U.S. laws regulating how animals on fur farms are to be housed or killed. The techniques used to kill animals on fur farms includes neck snapping, anal electrocution, and crude carbon monoxide or dioxide "gas chambers" that are notorious for prolonging the death of animals and for their ineffectiveness, allowing animals to regain consciousness while being skinned.

There is nothing fashionable about cruelty to animals.

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