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From 24 November 2002 Issue

The Fund for Animals Starts Ten-Day Countdown to 'Fur-Free Friday'

Events to be Held at 'Neiman Carcass' Stores Nationwide

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of a nationwide campaign to persuade upscale department store chain Neiman Marcus to stop selling fur, The Fund for Animals has announced the ten-day countdown to "Fur- Free Friday." On Friday, November 29, the busiest shopping day of the year, The Fund for Animals and local groups across the country will hold protests, silent vigils, mock funeral processions, and other events at Neiman Marcus stores to bring attention to the cruel and unnecessary killing of animals for fur coats and fur-trimmed clothing.

"With the many warm and fashionable alternatives available, there is simply no reason to sell fur," said Pierre Grzybowski, Grassroots Coordinator for The Fund. "Neiman Marcus should be a trendsetter in the fashion industry, and should spare millions of animals from cruel and unnecessary deaths. Being a socially responsible company means putting an end to animal cruelty."

Animals raised on fur farms are confined to tiny cages until they are put out of their misery by gassing or anal electrocution. Trapped animals suffer for days in steel-jawed leghold traps, often gnawing off their own limbs to escape. Leghold traps are the land mines of the natural world, not only killing "target species," but also indiscriminately maiming and killing "non- target" animals such as endangered species and family dogs and cats.

Last fall, a Decision Research poll of high-income shoppers, conducted in four metropolitan areas where Neiman Marcus has stores, revealed that 54% of consumers consider selling fur to be socially irresponsible. By more than a four-to-one margin, consumers prefer to shop at stores that do not sell fur.

Neiman Marcus: Fur Is Cruel and Unnecessary
http://www.neimancarcass.com/ 

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