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

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WHITE PLAINS, NY Saturday, December 9, 2000 Members of Animal

Defenders of Westchester will join for a demonstration on Saturday, December 9, from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in front of Georgeou Fur Shop, 212 East Post Road in White Plains, to protest their use of animal fur for coats, trimmings, etc.

Over two-thirds of the fur produced today comes from concentration camp-like fur farms. The animals have to try and survive extreme conditions in tiny wire mesh cases, where 17% of mink and 20% of foxes die prematurely, suffering from poor diets, inadequate water, diseases, parasites and severe stress. Thoser animals which survive these cruel conditions are later killed by means of genital electrocution, suffocation, neck breaking, gassing and/or injections of weed killer. In all of these cases, the methods of killing are torturous for the animals, as there are no humane slaughter laws to protect the animals on these farms. In many cases, the animal is still alive while she is being skinned.

The United States is the leading fur-trapping nation in the world.

All of these traps tear skin, rip tendons, and often times break bones of animals like read and gray foxes, wolves, beavers, raccoons, oppossums and coyotes. The ten million animals caught in traps also do not include non-target animals. Valentine, an abandoned, starving and beaten dog with broken bones, found by the side of a road, was nursed back to health by her new family. She was obedience trained and ran in races to raise money for an animal shelter. During a daily jog with her family in a well used park she died screaming in a trap. Russell, a terrier, was on his daily walk when he died by the side of the road in his own neighborhood while his guardian watched helplessly. Imagine what these traps can do to a child.

The number of non-target animals caught in traps is impossible to measure. Most traps do not kill the animals instantly; instead, most animals are forced to suffer in pain while part of their bodies are caught in the trap. Animals can remain in these traps for days until the trappers check them to see if an animal has been caught.

Many die from blood loss, infections or hypothermia. Those who survive are usually stomped, clubbed or beaten to death by the trappers. Up to one out of every four animals trapped chews her foot off to escape, but usually dies later from blood loss or infection.

Fur production not only causes tremendous animal suffering, it also damages the environment in countless ways. Fur ranches often pollute the soil and water due to the large quantities of excrement and the carcasses they create, plus the large amount of chemicals used to treat the skins. They also consume large amounts of food, water and energy resources. In fact, it takes at least three times as much energy to produce a real fur coat as a man-made one.

Trapping also has negative effects on the environment; it disrupts predator-prey relationships, interferes with the balance of nature, and contributes to the spread of rabies by removing healthy animals from the population. Plus, all fur coats require caustic chemicals to process and maintain the pelts.

The Grim Reaper will be at Georgeou's, as well as live animals who will show why it's wrong to wear real fur.

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