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Animal Defenders International

Speak out against the fur trade!

Posted: 5 September 2017. Updated: 26 September 2017

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With our helpful sample letters you can speak out against the fur trade and urge fashion designers, high street stores and vintage / charity shops to stop using or selling fur, call on fashion magazines to stop promoting fur AND contact your local newspaper to help raise awareness about the cruel fur trade.

Feel free to personalise the letters, or write your own from scratch – see below for our 5 fur facts – but do remember to keep them short, succinct, and polite.

5 fur facts

  1. Animals farmed for their fur suffer a life of mental and physical pain caused by cramped, inadequate housing and a cruel, merciless death – intelligent, feeling beings like family dogs and cats, treated like a product.
  2. Despite fur industry claims methods of killing are quick, the evidence is clear that these animals are terrified as they face a cruel death – intelligent, feeling beings, capable of suffering, killed for an unnecessary product.
  3. Over 15 million foxes are killed for their fur in a year, usually used for trinkets, trims and accessories. Up to 35 foxes are used to make a fur coat.
  4. The majority of people are against the wearing of real fur (74% in the UK, 57% in the US) but the cheap cost
    and lack of labelling can dupe and confuse consumers into thinking fur products are fake.
  5. Fur is never humane. When you buy fur you buy cruelty.

If you receive a reply, or your letter is published, please send us a copy (see Sign our fur free pledge!

  • Find out more about ADI’s fur campaign and other ways you can help.

Sample letter to designers using and stores selling real fur


(can also be adapted for fashion magazines promoting fur)

Dear

I am dismayed to see that you still use real fur in your collections / sell items made of real fur in your store.

More than 126 million animals are killed for their fur worldwide every year. Most live on factory fur farms in row upon row of small bare wire mesh cages. Denied their most natural behaviours, the chronic deprivation and extreme confinement of these intelligent, feeling animals causes them mental and physical damage.

The fur industry claims that methods of killing are quick and humane, but the reality is a different story. Animals in fur farms are electrocuted and gassed to death in their millions, with some animals not killed outright causing prolonged suffering.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has documented the tragic lives and traumatic deaths of animals in intensive fur farms in a number of countries. Welfare assurances given by fur breeding associations have been found to be meaningless.

Despite legislation banning fur farming, items made of real fur can still be sold in countries prohibiting this cruel practice, including the UK. Consumers who would never wear fur, a public majority, are being duped by its cheap cost and lack of labelling, with some faux fur products even being found to contain real fur.

With a growing number of designers, manufacturers and retailers taking a stand against this cruel trade, I urge you to please do the same and commit never to use fur again.

Please visit http://www.ad-international.org/fur to find out more. Having seen the less glamorous and incredibly cruel reality, I hope you will do the right thing and go fur free.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Sample letter to the press

Dear Sir,

More than 110 million animals are killed on fur farms worldwide every year. Denied their most natural behaviours, the chronic deprivation and extreme confinement of these intelligent, feeling animals causes them mental and physical damage.

The fur industry claims that methods of killing are quick and humane, but the reality is a different story. Animals in fur farms are electrocuted and gassed to death in their millions, with some animals not killed outright causing prolonged suffering.

Despite legislation banning fur farming, items made of real fur can still be sold in countries prohibiting this cruel practice, including the UK. Consumers who would never wear are being duped by its cheap cost and lack of labelling, with some faux fur products even being found to contain real fur.

Fur is never humane – when you buy fur, you buy cruelty. Please help by signing the fur free pledge at http://www.ad-international.org/fur.

Yours faithfully

© Animal Defenders International 2017