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Opposing fur trade.

SIR - Abbie Wightwick asks why no one is campaigning against fur anymore ('Fashion which should make the fur fly,' October 28). Well, we are, and with continuing success.

The Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade has succeeded in persuading many companies to stop selling real fur, and through our campaigns, protests and web site we keep educating the public about the horrific cruelty to animals that the fur trade causes. Just last month we persuaded Zara, the high street fashion chain, to go fur free in all 52 countries where its parent company operates. That is just one example and we are in negotiations with more companies.

Many people tell us they buy real fur by mistake. Now that fur farming is banned in the UK - it is so cruel the Government ended it - many consumers think all fur must be fake.

But the reality is that 40 million animals are murdered each year in the most horrific ways imaginable just so that someone can have a bit of fur trim on their coat, skirt or cardigan. We ask consumers to avoid all real fur. Compassion is always in fashion.

Pete Harris

Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, Manchester
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 30, 2004
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