AR-News: ACTION ALERT!
Jodi de Vries
jodi.de.vries at comcast.net
Fri Dec 5 19:16:19 EST 2003
**/"It's Their Destiny"/**
**/News items on Asian animal abuse/ **
**/6th December 2003/ **
*/European sales of dog/cat fur/*
*/Following on from the Update of 4th November, we have been alerted to
a company selling toy cats purportedly made from rabbit fur by mail
order and through the internet. We have however serious grounds to
believe that the fur used is from either dogs or cats./*
*/This company, "Home Ideas", operates throughout Europe. Their web site
address is /**/http://www.walz-shopping.com//**/ - after selecting
language/country click the tab "Home Interiors" then click the " > " for
page 2 for the "Cuddly Cat". Compare this with the image at
http://sirius.2kat.net on the "Dogs for Fur" page./*
*/After phoning the UK branch and speaking to someone who obviously had
no knowledge of the product in question, we e-mailed them for more
information. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the UK e-mail address did not work.
Since their German branch has refused to reply to our urgent request for
their assurances that these products are not made from cat/dog fur (sent
on 27/11/03), we must draw the obvious conclusion./*
*/Please write/phone/e-mail this company to express your feelings about
*/Contact info can be found through the national flags and then clicking
the "Data Protection" and "Contact" tabs at the base of their site./*
*/SAMPLE e-mail, but please write an original if possible:/*
I was outraged to learn that you are selling toy cats that you claim are
made from rabbit fur when evidence indicates that these may in fact be
made from either dog or genuine cat fur. Whilst I cannot condone the use
of any animal fur for such trinkets when there are man-made alternatives
available, the use of dog or cat fur for such items is particularly
sickening. Your customers who purchase these products clearly are animal
lovers and certainly would not buy such items were they aware of the
origin of the materials involved.
To sell such items without clearly identifying the origins of the fur
used is a blatant and cynical exploitation of the European people and
will hopefully be legally addressed by the EU as an issue of consumer
protection in the near future.
Until such time, I would ask you to either voluntarily withdraw these
items from your catalogue, or to at least have the decency to clearly
identify them for what they are.
*/Our continued thanks to all of you for your support and for caring
enough to try to make a difference./*
*/From all the team at ITD/*
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