Fur coats and trim are vanity products, and millions of animals suffer and die needlessly for these "luxury" garments. Between 10 and 24 foxes, or 36 to 65 mink, are killed to make a single fur coat. Animals farmed for their fur lead miserable, deprived lives in cramped, barren cages. Furs are also obtained from wild-caught animals who are caught in an array of brutal devices, including steel-jaw leghold traps and strangling snares. New York City has long been a major hub for fur sales, even as the fashion world has started to transition away from this cruel practice.
Fortunately, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has introduced a new bill, Intro 1476, which would ban the sale of non-vintage fur.
- Testify at the public hearing on Wednesday, May 15, at 1 p.m. in the New York City Hall (Broadway & Chambers St, New York, NY 10002). There will be a rally beginning at noon on the City Hall steps organized by Voters for Animal Rights.
- Call your city council member today and ask them to cosponsor Intro 1476. You can find your council member's contact information here.
- Then, after you make this important phone call, please follow up with an email to your council member, using the "Send Email" button on your legislator's page. Here is a sample message you can use:
As a constituent, I urge you to cosponsor Intro 1476, which would ban the sale of fur in New York City, with exemptions for used fur apparel and fur that is worn as a matter of religious custom.
Fur coats and trim are vanity products, and millions of animals suffer and die needlessly for these "luxury" garments. Between 10 and 24 foxes, or 36 to 65 mink, are killed to make a single fur coat. The fashion world has begun to transition away from this cruel practice, and it is time for NYC to do the same.
Fur sold for clothing originates from two sources: wild-caught and farmed animals. Wild animals are caught with brutal devices such as steel-jaw leghold traps and strangling snares. Animals caught in these traps suffer immensely from their injuries, may endure prolonged distress, and ultimately face a grim death. Many victims of steel-jaw leghold traps gnaw off their own limbs in their desperation to escape. If any animals are still alive in the devices, they may be beaten to death, suffocated, or killed by having their chests crushed. Bullets are rarely used because they damage the pelt.
"Drowning sets" are used to capture aquatic or semi-aquatic species such as beavers, mink, and muskrats. When caught in these traps, mink struggle underwater for up to 4 minutes, muskrats for over 4 minutes, and beavers for between 9 and 20 minutes.
In addition to wild-caught animals, around 100 million animals annually are bred on fur farms to supply the fashion industry. The conditions on fur farms are horrific. Animals are kept in small, barren wire cages and endure trauma such as infected wounds, bites, missing limbs, eye infections, bent feet, mouth deformities, self-mutilation, and other stress-related stereotypical behaviors. When the animals' pelts are at their prime, within the first year of life, the animals are killed with gas in a killing box, electrocuted, beaten, or have their necks broken.
There is no justification for the suffering of so many animals for an unnecessary fashion item, and I urge you to cosponsor Intro 1476.
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.
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