AR-News: Cat Fur Products Found in Stores
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Sun Jul 13 18:42:25 EDT 2003
Skye furious at use of cat pelts
By Georgie McCulloch
Monday, 14 July 2003
Central Western Daily, Australia
ANIMAL rights activist Skye Carnie is urging the
community to check labels of suspect cat fur
accessories after discovering real cat fur in a local
business last week.
According to Skye, she dropped into a store and
noticed there were several plastic cat ornaments that
looked "very real".
"When I picked them up I noticed they were real cat
fur - I've had cats all my life so I know the distinct
difference between cat and rabbit fur," Skye said.
"At that point I put them down in disgust and walked
out of the store.
"Several days later I showed a friend and last Friday
I went down the street with the intention of telling
the owner to remove them.
"I told the owners they had two days to remove them
because it's all over the news and once people
cotton-on they will be very angry," she said.
Skye's discovery coincides with the Humane Society
International (HIS) findings of domestic cat and dog
fur made in China and Korea on sale in two stores in
HIS has conducted an 18-month investigation into the
international fur trade, which found more than two
million cats and dogs are killed each year for fur
It is estimated that more than 20 cats and 12 dogs are
used to make one coat.
"There have been at least two local stores that have
been stocking real cat fur," Skye said.
"I'd like anyone who has purchased these novelty
plastic cats to take them back to the store and calmly
and clearly state what they are and ask for their
money back," she said.
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