Petition – Gap Inc – foxes, rabbits, and raccoon dogs are being slaughtered. Please stop selling fur.

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Gap Inc. profits from animals’ suffering in the fur industry. Raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits, and mink are slaughtered and skinned for Gap Inc.’s Intermix stores despite widespread cruelty to animals who are often beaten, electrocuted, or bled to death for their fur. Please sign my petition asking Gap Inc. to go completely fur-free.

If this issue sounds familiar, it’s because a spokesperson for Gap Inc. said: “We are committed to the ethical sourcing of our products, which includes the humane treatment of animals,” when they announced that their Piperlime stores would stop selling fur in September 2014. This was in response to a petition I created on Change.org. But they stopped short of putting this policy in place across all stores.

The abhorrent physical conditions in which these animals suffer on fur factory farms lead to behaviors consistent with extreme psychological trauma such as rocking, head bobbing, self-mutilation, and even cannibalism. Wild animals trapped for their fur are caught in steel leg traps or in strangulation snares. Foxes caught in the jaws of a steel leg trap have been known to attempt to chew off their own feet in an attempt to escape.

Animals are beaten, electrocuted, or have their heads stomped on before being skinned. Undercover video investigations often show animals still breathing and flinching while being skinned. Many Gap, Inc. fur products are made in China, a country with virtually nonexistent animal cruelty laws. In a particularly gut-wrenching clip from a Chinese factory, a skinned animal lifts his head and looks into the camera.

Gap Inc. owns numerous stores including Banana Republic, Piperlime, Old Navy, Athleta — all of which seem to be fur-free. If they already claim to care about humane treatment of animals, why are they allowing their Intermix stores to keep selling so many fur coats, hats, gloves, and other accessories from animals killed all over the world?

I have reached out to Gap Inc. and it is clear that they care about the concerns of their customers. The same spokesperson who talked about humane treatment of animals also said they are “committed to our customers and welcome your feedback.” In my correspondence, I inquired about the possibility of removing fur from the shelves of all Gap Inc. stores. After agreeing to look into the issue and get back to me, I never heard from them again. A subsequent follow up email was also never returned. So that’s why I’m asking Gap Inc. to adopt a consistent fur-free policy across all its companies.

Please take a stand against the heartless slaughter of animals! Sign my petition and cease to shop at any Gap Inc. store until this corporation agrees to go fur free.

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End Fashion Cruelty

Our investigators went undercover in China to let you know what’s really going on at fox and raccoon dog farms. Here’s what they found:

  • Raccoon dog fur is labelled “Asiatic raccoon fur” in the U.S., so consumers do not know they’re buying clothing made from canids — a family that also includes domestic dogs.
  • To get the raccoon dogs’ fur, workers attached two metal bars to a car battery; one bar was inserted into the mouth, while the other was inserted into the anus. The shock was strong enough to paralyze, but not kill — so the animals were skinned alive.
  • For their entire lives, raccoon dogs were kept isolated in cages barely larger than their own bodies; almost every one exhibited signs of mental or physical illness.
  • Designers Fendi, Alice and Olivia, and Adrienne Landau all sell raccoon dog fur sourced from China.

It’s up to people like to you stop buying from companies that sell fur, and to let them know that this treatment of animals is simply unacceptable. By signing our petition and donating to the EndFashionCruelty campaign, you’ll help send the message loud and clear: Torturing raccoon dogs and other animals for fashion is not OK.

Rabbit farms

Fashion designers want you to believe that their rabbit fur comes from humane sources, but our undercover investigation shows a different story: These social, sensitive animals live in misery before they are brutally killed.

Click here to learn what really goes on at cruel rabbit farms and slaughterhouses, and how you can help stop it.

Raccoon dogs & foxes

Raccoon dogs are from the canid family, just like the domestic dogs you know and love. But because their furs are labelled “Asiatic raccoon” in stores, shoppers never know what they’re really buying. Worse, these animals are treated with extreme neglect and violence.

Foxes are highly intelligent animals, and capable of incredible tenderness (as seen when they raise their young). Yet these creatures endure unimaginable cruelty on fur farms, where they may be starved, kept in tiny cages and anally electrocuted before they are skinned for their fur.

Please read more, watch the video, and sign the petition at the site here, and share on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Petition aimed at: Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, Fendi, Alice + Olivia, Adrienne Landau

I am appalled by the severe cruelty documented by Last Chance for Animals’ and Animal Equality’s investigations, as presented in their video exposés of rabbit, raccoon dog and fox farms. I am deeply disturbed that your company, which people all over the world look to for fashion inspiration, makes clothing with fur.

The evidence shows:

• Rabbits on the investigated farms are confined to tiny cages with wire floors, where they are forced to spend their entire lives in misery. Sick rabbits are bashed to death.
• Rabbits with gaping wounds and crippling illnesses are left in isolation to suffer with no medical treatment.
• Raccoon dogs on the investigated farms suffer from severe mental and physical illnesses.
• Raccoon dogs are electrocuted via two bars attached to a car battery. One bar is inserted in the mouth, the other into the anus. The shock paralyzes them, and then workers skin the animals alive.
• Raccoon dog fur is misleadingly labelled “Asiatic raccoon fur,” even though these are animals are canids and not related to raccoons.

This barbaric treatment of living creatures is inhumane and should not be tolerated in a civilized society. I urge you to discontinue making garments from animal fur, and instead use synthetic materials that offer a similar feel. With such alternatives available, there is simply no excuse to use fur.

Until you have fully halted sales of all fur, I refuse to purchase any clothing from your company.

Your Sincerely,

Tell the UK- Stop Importing Dog Fur Products – The Petition Site

via Tell the UK- Stop Importing Dog Fur Products – The Petition Site.

Tell the UK- Stop Importing Dog Fur Products

Counterfeit products from China are being imported into the UK depite the laws which in which there is a total ban on the trade of cat and dog fur used by China for clothing, footwear and fashion.

China’s dog fur industry is now exporting footwear, and trying to pass off their bogus product as “Australian Sheepskin”. Furthmore, lables reading Made in China have been cut off of products, and replaced with Made in Australia. Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045016/Raccoon-dogs-skinned-alive-make-cheap-copies-Ugg-boots.html#ixzz2l5J7KetJ

China continues to use dog fur and intentionally mislables the product as “racoon” fur. The racoon dog, is in fact part of the dog family- not the racoon family. They are farmed in China to feed the fur industry and suffer cruel and barbaric conditions- with their lives often ending as they beaten and skinned alive.

via Tell the UK- Stop Importing Dog Fur Products – The Petition Site.

Stop Skinning Animals Alive in China | Petition

Sign the petition and read more at Stop Skinning Animals Alive in China.

Fifty million animals are killed for their fur each year and eighty percent of all pelts come from China. In fact, China supplies the United States with over fifty percent of all imported furs. Even products with “Made in Europe” labels, may use animal pelts that come from abused and savagely killed animals from Chinese fur farms.

Sadly, there are no regulations to protect animals in China’s fur farms. It is common for cats and dogs to be stolen from yards and streets and then later killed and marketed as rabbit fur. Electrocution and gassing are too expensive for many fur farms, so they resort to gruesome methods of incapacitating animals. Animals are bludgeoned, slammed on pavement, and have their heads kicked in. Oftentimes, animals are not dead before the skinning process takes place.

Sign the petition and read more at Stop Skinning Animals Alive in China.

Petition | Go fur-free to help animals | Change.org

Petition | Go fur-free to help animals | Change.org.

Go fur-free to help animals

Every year millions of animals are killed for the fur industry. One of the companies to profit from this misery is Burlington Coat Factory, a company based right here in New Jersey where I live!

Depending on the animal, the method of slaughter may include being stomped on, trapped, shot, electrocuted, or hung upside down and sliced open. All fur (coats, collars, cuffs, trim on hoods) comes from the same cruelly abused animals.

Sign the petition at Petition | Go fur-free to help animals | Change.org.