Friends of Animals and New Yorkers Tell Bloomingdale’s: No More Archaic Fur Trends
For Immediate Release: Nov. 15, 2012
When: Saturday, Nov. 17th, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Bloomingdale’s, 59th Street & Lexington Avenue
New York City—International advocacy organization Friends of Animals and supporters will agitate at Bloomingdale’s doorstep on Saturday, November 17th, from 1-3pm, and raise shoppers’ awareness about the reality behind the fur skins peddled to them.
“Some young New Yorkers are cluelessly draped in gruesome displays of violence against animals—fur-lined scarves, hats, footwear, gloves, purses, coats, earmuffs,” said Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals.
Forty or more animals can go into a single mink coat, but the fur industry has been clever in hiding the coyotes, wolves, foxes, rabbits, chinchillas, mink, and other animals in trim. The animals are still trapped, snared, shot, clubbed, gassed and electrocuted.
New York City’s iconic department store Bloomingdale’s contains the Maximilian Fur Salon, and also features designers who are notorious users of fur in their clothing lines, including Dennis Basso, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera. Donna Karan, who pledged to stop using fur but betrayed that promise and now uses rabbit skins, sells the DKNY line through Bloomingdale’s.
Escada is hawking a dress made with pony and goat hair panels, and Burberry has a line of scarves made entirely of rabbit fur.
Friends of Animals will distribute flyers that reveal this unjust reality to pedestrians and shoppers, with an eye-catching photo of a gorgeous lynx, captioned, “If you believe genuine fur trim comes from scraps, where do scraps come from?” Designers and retailers who have renounced fur are listed in the flyer, which can serve as a handy shopping guide.
Banners and placards will be displayed to tourists and New Yorkers that stream past Bloomingdale’s holiday window displays. “We’re out to wake the public from their fur-lined stupor,” said Birnkrant.
“Out of those caves. Fur is passé.”
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