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It takes 40 animals to make a fur coat, but
only one person to make a difference. Here are some easy ways to stop
the suffering of animals.
Fur Free Activist Guide
Check Out Department Stores
stores are the largest retail outlets for fur apparel. Many sell fur,
especially fur-trimmed items, in the same departments as synthetic fur.
We believe most customers would prefer to purchase faux fur over animal
fur, but sometimes they just don't know if that bit of "fur" trim is
real or not. It simply isn't labeled. And with today's technology,
synthetic fur looks and feels surprisingly real.
Visit your local
department stores and see what kind of "fur" products they are selling,
how they are labeled, and what the salespeople know about their
products. Voice your objections to the sales clerk or store manager.
shoppers to the fact that the stores at which they shop may be
contributing to the suffering of animals. Pass out brochures describing
the inherent cruelty of the fur industry. Contact The HSUS for free
brochures or download the PDF.
your friends and family what they know about the furry trim on their
jacket. Is it real or fake? Do they even know? Many people assume that
if they didn't pay hundreds of dollars for the coat, the trim must be
synthetic. This is not always true. They may have purchased animal fur
without even knowing it.
Did you see fur-like apparel on a TV
show or in a movie? Wondering if it is real or fake? Contact the studio
to find out. Let it know viewers are monitoring the use of animal fur.
Ask that a disclaimer be added to the credits stating that only
synthetic fur was used.
Let us know about it, too. The HSUS will contact the studio as well, and we'll alert other activists.
Support Anti-Trapping Legislation
your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor legislation banning the
steel-jaw leghold trap in the United States and to ban commercial and
recreational trapping on National Wildlife Refuges and other public
Learn the current status of anti-trapping and other fur-related legislation by visiting The HSUS Government Affairs Section.
Celebrate Fur Free Holidays in Your Own Community
day after Thanksgiving is one of the largest shopping days of the year.
This is a perfect opportunity to urge consumers not to buy fur products.
your neighbors a Fur Free Holiday with a festive yard sign. November is
an ideal time to convert political candidates' yard signs into a
seasonal greeting of compassion and goodwill toward all. Just tack an
anti-fur poster over the sign.
Santa is everywhere during the
holiday season. Find out from the management or organizer who supplies
the Santas to your local mall and for special holiday events. Ask the
supplier to declare their Santas fur free. (Most of the Santa suits are
Dress up in a Santa suit and pass out fur free holiday information and buttons to holiday shoppers.
the organizers of your local holiday parades, Christmas-tree lightings,
plays, and other seasonal events to declare the events fur free. Ask
them to put a fur free statement in the event program. ("The Central
High School Drama Club is celebrating a Fur Free Holiday. All of the
furs used in this production are synthetic.")
tongue-tied when it comes to vocalizing your concerns about the cruelty
in the fur industry? The HSUS has made activism easier with I'm not a coat
anti-fur cards that you can distribute to (fur-clad) members of the
public. The cards put a spotlight on the sheer number of animals killed
for each coat, while reminding people of a fur coat's original owner.
To order a supply of FREE cards to promote compassion in the fashion
industry, send your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
your local radio station and ask to be invited as a guest on the local
talk or community service show. Urge listeners to have a Fur Free
Holiday and a fur free millennium.
and send letters and opinion editorials for your local paper asking
your neighbors to celebrate compassionately this holiday and to be fur
free in the new century. And write to them when you read fur fashion
articles or see fur advertisements, too.
Stick 'Em Up
Fur Free stickers on all your mail -- each envelope passes through many
hands before it gets to its final destination. Or post a Fur Free
billboard in your community. The HSUS will supply the billboard; all
you have to do is cover the cost of having it posted. Contact us for
Involve Your Community
up with local wildlife rehabilitators to collect old fur garments. Many
people have unwanted fur coats, hats, wraps, etc. Offer them the
opportunity to donate the fur to use as bedding to comfort orphaned and
injured wildlife. (If you don't know a rehabilitator in your area,
inquire with your local humane society, animal control agency, or
Give copies of The HSUS's Trapping Case Report
form to your local veterinarians and animal shelters. Ask them to keep
it on file in the event that a trapping victim is brought to them. The
information we collect from these forms helps us to enact bans on cruel
and indiscriminate traps.
Publicize Your Efforts
forget to draw attention to all of your events and activities. Send out
press releases and follow up with phone calls. Ask local media outlets
to give you public service time to announce your events.
Flash the FF Necklace
a fur-free fashion statement by wearing the new FF necklace. When
someone asks what "FF" stands for, you can explain why you are fur
free. You can order one here.