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THOUSANDS NATIONWIDE TO PROTEST FUR FOR SIXTH ANNUAL FUR-FREE FRIDAY

 THOUSANDS NATIONWIDE TO PROTEST FUR FOR
 SIXTH ANNUAL FUR-FREE FRIDAY
 DENVER, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal rights activists nationwide are set to kick off another season of hard-hitting anti-fur activism with the sixth annual Fur-Free Friday, Nov. 29. This event is held each year on the day after Thanksgiving, a day that earmarks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
 This day of protesting the selling and wearing of furs is coordinated by Animal Rights Mobilization, formerly Trans-Species Unlimited, and is part of the group's Campaign for a Fur-Free America. ARM! is the nation's largest grassroots animal rights organization.
 The nation's fur industry has been on a downslide in recent years due to the recession, but also to aggressive campaigns launched by ARM! and other activist groups.
 Americans bought $1.3 billion worth of fur garments during the winter of 1990-1991 -- but that was 24 percent less than was sold in the United States the preceding winter. Since reaching an all-time high of $1.85 billion in the winter of 1986-1987, retail fur sales (adjusted for inflation) have dropped nearly 40 percent.
 American trappers pelted over 17 million wild animals during the winter of 1986-1987, but only 3.8 million last winter, a drop of 77 percent. Canadian trappers pelted just over 900,000 animals last winter, down from 3.3 million as recently as 1987-1988.
 Fur farms have also cut back. While 1,027 U.S. fur farms pelted 4.5 million animals in 1988, 677 fur farms were still in business by 1990. Only 3.5 million animals were pelted on U.S. fur farms last year.
 "We're encouraged by these declining numbers," said Robin Duxbury, national director for ARM!. "This is a sure sign that the public's attitude toward fur are changing and that profiting from pain is no longer acceptable in our society; fur is quickly becoming unfashionable.
 "If this downward trend continues, we will see an end to the fur industry as we know it," said Duxbury.
 ARM! is recognized within the animal rights movement, and by the fur industry, as the leading activist group in the anti-fur movement. Previous Fur-Free Friday events by ARM! have included "Speakouts Against Fur" in New York City where activists directly confronted fur wearers on the street about the cruelty their patronage of the fur industry supports.
 ARM! also coordinated the largest anti-fur march down Fifth Avenue in New York, led by television host and animal rights activist, Bob Barker. The march drew over 2,300 participants.
 For more information on Fur-Free Friday and protest sites, please contact Robin Duxbury at ARM! National Headquarters in Denver, 303-388-7120.
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 /CONTACT: Robin Duxbury of Animal Rights Mobilization, 303-388-7120/ CO: Animal Rights Mobilization ST: Colorado IN: SU:


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