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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704


Outrage over clubbing seals for their fur

Published in THE JOURNAL NEWS  4/1/06:

(Original publication: April 1, 2006)

The clubbing has begun: Animal Defenders of Westchester joins with millions of outraged citizens in condemning the Canadian seal hunt, where almost half-a-million animals, some as young as 12 days, are beaten to death for their skin. This skin, sometimes yanked while the animal is still alive, fuels the fur industry's lust for money. The carcass is usually left to rot.

Every single fur-wearer is to blame for this atrocity, by wrongly and selfishly equating real fur with prestige and beauty. Some say they won't wear this particular fur but how do you know where your fur came from? And do you honestly expect anyone to believe that you check?

In most of the world, fur farms are unregulated, so chinchillas, foxes, minks, rabbits and raccoons are kept in cramped, overcrowded wire cages, amid their own filth.

Stressed by such conditions they often go mad, turning to cannibalism and self-mutilation before they are killed, often by having their necks broken while conscious, or through genital or anal electrocution. In China, cats are skinned alive while being restrained with a noose around their necks. This is the cost of vanity.

It is time for the carnage to end. These are living, precious beings, not blocks of wood. What you mistakenly consider a fashion must-have is dripping in blood and suffering. If you don't buy them, they won't kill them: Don't wear fur.

Kiley Blackman , Yonkers
The writer is Spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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