Protest Neiman Marcus
almost every weekend (please
people would no longer wear fur coats, but is that trim real or faux? And maybe every one of us can be more than a bystander
that is opposed but not opposing. As a consumer you have power over corporations and we need to let them know that what
they are doing is inexcusable.
40 million animals are still killed each year to make coats and jackets, all
for vanity. The fur industry would have you believe that fur is a fabric, but it's dead skin that's ripped off the backs
of dead animals. The alternatives available look like the real thing, cost a fraction of the price, cause far less damage
to the environment, and inflict no pain on animals. 72% of people polled in the US said they'd rather wear faux.
In the 21st century we have no reason to wear fur.
At least 89 countries have banned the steel-jawed leghold trap,
but it is still in use in the US, the largest fur producing and consuming nation in the world. More than 10 million
target animals are captured each year, leaving out the "trash" animals (dogs, cats, birds, and endangered species) killed
and thrown away. If the animal does not die of starvation, dehydration, hypothermia, or predation, the trapper will
return to shoot, stomp, or bludgeon her to death.
Animals on fur factory farms fare no better. 30 million animals
die on these, raised in barren wire cages, often exposed to extreme heat and cold. Mink, usually having a territory
of 3 square kilometer, are reduced to living in a 12 x 18 inch cage. Disease runs rampant. At the end of their
short lives they are exterminated by being anally electrocuted, gassed, given a lethal injection, or by having their necks
broken. All for the sake of a coat.
The fur industry is a menace to the environment as well, despite claims that
fur is eco-friendly as a "renewable resource". It takes 4 times more energy to creat a fur coat from trapped animals
than it does to make fake fur, and it takes 66 times more energy to make a coat from ranch-raised animals. Fur processing
facilities also leak toxic chemicals into the ground and water, such as formaldehyde and chromium.
Don't buy fur trim
either. It may be less fur, but it isn't less cruel. Trim is not just scraps from all-fur garments, and the trim
trade does not place the same emphasis on pelt quality, so animals may be treated even worse. The number of animals
killed for trim will soon outnumber those killed for all-fur garments.
Number of animals killed for an average length
Ranch Mink: 35
Red Fox: 18
Silver Fox: 11
Neiman Marcus currently operates 27 fur departments in the
US (including one in fashion valley), supporting the cruel slaughter of millions of defenseless animals. Help convince
Neiman Marcus to become a responsible company and STOP SELLING FUR!