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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by Cif on the January 19th, 2009

400 Letters Sent
today

400 more letters were signed last 2 weeks at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm).

Letters were sent by registered post to the Department of Agriculture and The Labour Party on Monday 15th of December, to support a ban on Irish Fur Farms.

It brings us to a total of 4200 letters since June 08.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by ALib on the January 3rd, 2009

A Reply from The
Dpt Of Agriculture

The Dept of Agriculture have sent a confirmation of receipts of the letters. Its the first time they have done so since we started sending letters. An example of the email is below. The only difference are the dates. The 11th, 12th, 15th and 16th of Dec.

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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by Cif on the December 22nd, 2008

800 Letters Sent
this Week

800 more letters were signed last two weeks at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm).

Letters were sent by registered post to the Department of Agriculture and The Labour Party on Monday 15th of December, to support a ban on Irish Fur Farms. (click on more to see the receipts)

It brings us to a total of 3800 letters since June 08.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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The “Ban Irish fur factory farms” table

Posted in Fur News by Cif on the December 14th, 2008

Those of you who have already walked down through Grafton Street on a Saturday afternoon will have probably noticed the ALiberation Education table. If you’ve missed it, don’t panic, we set up this table every Saturday outside Barnado Furriers (famous for animal exploitation since 1812), at 108 Grafton Street (Opposite Trinity College) from 2pm to 5:30/6pm.

There, you’ll have the opportunity to meet us, get information about the fur industry in Ireland, and voice your opinion by signing official letters that will be sent to a number of key Irish politicians. The collected letters are then regularly sent by registered post to these politicians in order to support the ban of fur factory farming in Ireland.

So far, more than 3000 letters were sent since June 2008, so we must thank you for your time and your support of this campaign. Therefore, if the government politely acknowledged your effort to make this cruel practice from another age illegal, it seems they still need to be reminded how important this ban is for a vast and growing majority of the public.

In order to keep you informed of this campaign’s progress, an article will be published each time letters are sent, showing the post office receipt as well as the total amount of letters received by our political leaders.

If you also wish to outlaw fur factory farms in Ireland, we invite you to sign a letter at our table, every Saturday afternoon. it only takes a minute of your time.

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Mink Fur Farms 2008

Posted in Fur News by ALib on the December 3rd, 2008

10% Less Minks
Killed in 2008!!

Over 6 million less minks were killed on fur factory farms worldwide in 2008 compared to 2007, according to fur industry sources.

The media polished fur industry are always adept at avoiding the truth where possible and hate revealing news that puts them in a bad light. Which make the decrease in the “world mink production” (fur industry terminology) all the more interesting.

After rabbits, minks are most used and abused animal within the fur trade. Rabbits aren’t deemed important enough to keep figures on how many are murdered but it is estimated anywhere from 300 million to 1 billion are skinned each year for their fur.

The fur industry is largely propped up by a handful of countries. China (25.3%) and Denmark (27.2%) account for over half the minks killed on fur


factory farms.
China has no animal welfare laws (Countries like Denmark and the Republic of Ireland like to talk about having welfare laws in regard to fur factory farming, even if these welfare laws are useless.)

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Cat and Dog Fur, Part 1

Posted in Fur News by Glô! on the December 2nd, 2008

A bit of fur for a big business

More than two million dogs and cats are murdered worldwide to have their fur ripped off and used as a trimmed jacket, the lining of a pair of gloves, a hat or handbag, and small toys and figurines.

This number comes largely from China and South Asia, although Switzerland and Eastern European countries such as Croatia are also involved in the cat and fur trade.

Some dogs and cats are bred on fur factory farms. Others are rounded up off the streets and killed for their skins.
An estimated 500,000 cats are raised only for their pelts. German Shepherds are the most commonly killed dogs in China as their fur resembles that of wild animals such as coyote or raccoon.
Cats are strangled, hanged, or hung from a wire while water is poured down their throats until they eventually drown. Dogs are beaten up or bled to death. Both dogs and cats are often skinned alive.

The HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) did an undercover investigation in China in 1998, which lasted about 18 months where they were able to film the whole network, from the killing of the animals to the labeling of the fur.


Approximately 24 cats and 10 to 12 dogs are used to make a fur coat (More if kittens and puppies are used), although their fur is usually used to trim jackets, gloves, hats, handbags and cat and dog figurines.

With few exceptions, products from dog and cat fur are never labeled as such. Cat fur is sold as rabbit and dog fur is sold as “asian jackal”, “sobaki”, “gae wolf”, “Asian Wolf”. These products can also be labeled as fake fur to trick the consumer into buying something they would not normally do.

Only DNA testing can reveal the true identity of what animal was used for that fur.

Go back to the Dossier.

More info

  • HSUS: fur investigation
  • HSUS: fur Labelling
  • CAFT: cat and dog fur factsheet
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    Cat and Dog Fur, part 2

    Posted in Fur News by Glô! on the December 2nd, 2008

    EU Ban on
    Cat and Dog Fur

    The US (1) was the first country to ban the import, export, sale and production of cat and dog fur in the US in 2000, after dog and cat fur was discovered on sale in stores across the country. Australia also introduced a ban shortly after.
    With the loss of the US market, cat and dog fur sales massively shifted to the EU and Russia.

    Following the US ban and the HSI’s (2) investigation of cat and dog fur which was readily on sale in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Belgium, 15 EU countries set some sort of legislation in place regarding cat and dog fur.
    These are: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Spain.

    However, as these countries realized that they could not prevent cat and dog fur from moving across their borders, it was decided that only a full EU ban would be effective in stopping the whole trade from entering Europe.

    On November 20th 2006, The European Commission adopted a proposal to ban the import, export and sale of cat and dog fur in the EU, in response to public pressure.

    On June 19th 2007, the European Parliament voted unanimously to ban the import and export of Cat and Dog fur into the European


    Union by December 31st 2008. (3)

    Right now, it is difficult to quantify the amount of cat and dog fur that is entering the EU market as this fur is not openly declared and marketed for what it is.

    Cat and dog fur is fraudulently labeled, often dyed to look like fake fur, and may be used in small quantities in products such as cat and dog toys.

    (1) Beware of the Loophole in the US law :Because items costing less than $150 do not have to be labeled, unscrupulous manufacturers can use this loophole to import and sell cat and dog fur with total impunity.

    (2) HSI: international branch of HSUS

    (3) 800 MEP’S were present and voted to ban cat and dog fur.
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    Cat and Dog Fur, Part 3

    Posted in Fur News by Glô! on the December 2nd, 2008

    Switzerland’s Cat Fur Trade

    China and Far East Asia are not the only producers of cat fur. Currently, although Switzerland banned all cat fur imports in 2006 because of concern about cruel methods used by the exporting countries, their laws allow domestic production and sale of cat fur.
    Switzerland is thus the last country in Western Europe in which it is still legal to hunt cats for their fur.

    Hunters and licensed farmers are allowed to kill feral cats and stray cats who are more than 200 metres from their homes. However, the Swiss have come under intense pressure to start an investigation after hundreds of domestic cats vanished over the French border.

    Tomi Tomek, animal rights campaigner and co-founder of SOS Chats, said that the cat fur trade was responsible for the killing of more than 10 thousand cats in Switzerland in 2007.

    To uncover the real extent of the domestic cat fur trade, Tomek went undercover with Swiss television and the French program “30 millions d’amis (04/11/07)”and discovered 22 Swiss tanneries producing cat hides as well as fur shops selling cat fur as a remedy


    to rheumatism.

    A worldwide petition was launched by the Swiss association SOS Chat to ban the production and sale of cat fur products in Switzerland. (…)

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    Cat and Dog Fur, Part 4

    Posted in Fur News by Glô! on the November 25th, 2008

    4034 Cat and Dog Fur Seized, France

    On the 13th of November 2008, French Customs from Villepinte, a Parisian Suburb, seized 3034 jackets and coats trimmed with cat and dog fur during the inspection of a warehouse storing clothes imported from China.

    Although these clothes were labeled as synthetic fur, the strong animal smell coming from the fur trims quickly alerted the agents who sent the garments to a lab for an expertise analysis on the type of fur used.

    The results of the analysis revealed that the garments contained cat and dog fur.
    “This seizure reveal once again that consumers need to be vigilant”, says Olivier Rafin, director of Fourrure Torture.

    In France, a decree from January 2006 prohibits the importation and commercialization of cat


    and dog fur.

    Unfortunately, the market is subject to a fast growing traffic of cat and dog fur, most of the time falsely labeled as fake fur, rabbit or far fetched words such as “asian jackal” and “sobaki” fur.

    Go back to the Dossier.

    More info

  • Fourrure Torture
  • HSUS: fur investigation
  • cat and dog fur factsheet
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    Cat and Dog Fur, Part 5

    Posted in Fur News by Glô! on the November 24th, 2008

    HSUS Undercover Investigation

    To sum up this dossier on the cat and dog fur trade, please watch the video of the undercover investigation done by the HSUS in 1998. Although the investigation is now 10 years old, the situation still remains unchanged.

    The campaign started when the HSI (international branch of the HSUS) were informed of dogs and cats being killed for their fur.

    With the help of Manfred Karremann, a German independent journalist, Rick Swain, HSUS investigator and his team, infiltrated the fur trade as fur dealers in China for 18 months, and exposed the whole trade with the shocking videotape footage and photographs obtained during that period.

    People worldwide could witness the horrific death of a German shepherd being skinned alive under the eyes of an indifferent public or cats being strangled in front of their cagemates.


    Click on the image to watch the video.
    It contains graphic images, so please read the HSUS report (Link below) if you cannot watch the footage.

    Go back to the Dossier.

    More Info:

  • HSUS Fur Investigation, PDF
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    Diesel &Miss Sixty Go Fur Free

    Posted in Fur News by ALib on the October 10th, 2008

    Diesel and Miss Sixty
    drop animal fur.

    The Sixty Group and Diesel have confirmed to Attacca I’industria della Pelliccia (AIP) that they will be implementing Fur Free Policies.

    The Sixty Group includes brand names such as “Miss Sixty” “Energie”, “Refrigiwear”, Murphy & Nye” amongst others. The Sixty Group has stores worldwide on all continents. They sell through 7000 points of sale and have over 500 stores.

    All brand names will adhere to the fur free policy immediately except for Refrigiwear who will comply with the group’s policy from the upcoming collections.

    Diesel has over 500 stores in 55 countries globally. They sell in thousands of outlets on all continents. But after the 09/10 collections they will no longer sell animal fur.
    Diesel confirmed to AIP that their Spring / Summer collection 2010 will be free from any animal fur.

    Both companies have a huge standing in the fashion world.
    This follows quickly in the footsteps of other large fashion brand names and shops who have


    given fur free policies recently; stores such as Stefanel, Overstock, H&M and Bellstaff to name just a few.

    This is a strong statement from both fashion leaders and very much welcome. However we would still encourage a boycott of their stores till their fur free policies are fully implemented.

    More info:
    Statement from AIP (Italian)

  • Miss Sixty
  • Diesel
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    ALiberation Press Release on Brown Thomas

    Posted in Fur News by ALib on the December 10th, 2007

    BROWN THOMAS says “NO MORE FUR”!!

    Brown Thomas and BT2 turn their back on cruel fur trade.

    Brown Thomas has been criticized for many years for its commitment to the sale of real fur. A concerned public and a number of animal rights groups had requested that Brown Thomas stop selling fur.

    This long running campaign by animal rights groups AFAR, ARAN, ALiberation and CAFT Ireland reached a new level of intensity in recent months with members of ALiberation demonstrating during peak shopping hours weekly up to 4 days a week outside the main entrance to Brown Thomas on Grafton St in Dublin.

    Tens of thousands of people signed the petition to boycott Brown Thomas until they went fur free.

    Last week, Stephen Sealey, the Brown Thomas Group Buying Director declared by email that his store’s policy from February 2008 will be to stock no real fur products.

    Mr. Sealey confirmed that Brown Thomas will have a Fur Free policy; “from February 2008, Brown Thomas do not intend to stock any fur products.

    We work with a number of concession partners, and we have communicated this policy to them.” “to confirm we have told all concession partners they cannot sell rabbit fur, or other real fur in Brown Thomas and BT2″.

    Furthermore, Mr. Sealey added that “the only fur type product that will be acceptable in Brown Thomas is synthetic fur, or leather/suede/sheepskin/shearling.”

    Brown Thomas had specialized in Rabbit fur and had initially taken the view that the sale of Rabbit fur was not part of the fur industry. However, when the facts were viewed by Brown Thomas they agreed to change their fur policy as “Brown Thomas has no desire to support businesses which profit from animal cruelty.”

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