12/08/01 Fur

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On Saturday, January 8, 2001 at 12 noon Animal Friends invites you to join the protest against raising animals for fur products as well as against wearing fur coats. The march will start on the Marshal Tito Square, go further through Masarykova ulica and Petar Preradovic Square and end to the Ban Jelacic Square.

The people whom we want to suggest not to buy fur coats will be in exactly that part of the city at that exact time. The protesters will peacefully pass by many fur shops and with handing out leaflets draw attention to the cruelty which is hidden behind the fur coats that are sold there.

Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to tiny, filthy cages, where they suffer from stress and boredom before they are killed by anal or vaginal electrocution, strangling, poisoning by gas or neck-breaking. Some animals are still fully conscious when they are skinned alive.

It is almost impossible to describe the cruelty involved in the production of fur. All this is happening in the age when variety of materials are used for making clothes, the age when we necessarily don't have to cause that much pain to the animals and as the result of it wearing their corpses around our necks.

What does the warmth of fur mean if our hearts are cold!

Croatia is a big producer of chinchilla fur. For just one fur coat, up to two hundred chinchillas need to be killed. In just six months the fur farm Chinchilla d.o.o. produced 10.5 ton of animal corpses. Knowing that a chinchilla is a very small animal, this is a horrifying number. Not only do animals have to suffer immensely for a fur coat, but there is also the issue of the chemicals used to process and protect fur, and the waste disposal.

When you buy a fur coat, you support cruelty to animals and the environment. Can anyone find an excuse for such crime? Animals in the wild are captured in steel-jaw traps, which perforate their paws and their body. Some may suffer for days before the hunters return and bludgeon them to death or break their neck. Non-targeted animals, such as dogs and cats, also often become a victim of these traps.

Please help animals by informing he public and making them aware of these facts. Help us to stop the unnecessary suffering of animals!




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