Tell the Rev. Richard Ross to Close His Fox Fur Farm

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Originally Posted: 4 Sep 2010

Tell the Rev. Richard Ross to Close His Fox Fur Farm

[Ed. Note: See more images and read Callous Clergy Corrupt Churches: Rev. Richard Ross of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Letter from PETA to Rev. Ross About His Fox Fur Farm.]

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Tell Rev. Richard Ross of Joliet Illinois to close down his fox farm and show compassion for ALL creatures.


Rev. Richard Ross
St. Bernard Catholic Church
1313 Ridgewood Avenue
Joliet IL 60432-2698
phone (815) 726-4474


Sheep may safely graze, but foxes are out of luck at an abysmal fur farm in Joliet, Illinois, that's run by, of all people, a Catholic priest. PETA recently filed a complaint with law-enforcement authorities regarding the fox fur farm, which is operated by the Rev. Richard Ross of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Joliet. While the agencies promptly launched an investigation, they were unable to take action against Ross because the conditions on this farm, while appalling, are not illegal.

The foxes are confined to cramped, rusty wire cages—with little protection from heat, rain, and snow—until the day they are slaughtered and skinned. Cages may contain up to seven foxes apiece, and one fox was caught on video spinning in circles—a classic symptom of "zoochosis," or captivity-induced madness. As PETA researcher Dan Paden pointed out in a letter to Ross, even if such conditions do not violate Illinois law, they surely violate the church's instructions to have "a religious respect for the integrity of creation."

What kind of Christian—let alone a man of the cloth—would treat God's creatures this way? The kind of man who would say (after his brother—who is also a priest—was accused of molesting a young boy), "I don't have much sympathy for people who somehow couldn't stop whatever happened. I'll take all of these people who were abused, and I'll abuse them with a baseball bat."

After seeing how the Rev. Ross treats foxes, we believe him.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!