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Store Must Stop Supporting Cruel Treatment of Rabbits in China, Where There are No Penalties for Abusing Animals on Fur Farms, Says PETA
For Immediate Release:December 4, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Jacksonville, Fla. -- PETA has purchased stock in the Stein
Mart department store chain in an effort to push the company to end its fur
sales. This step means that PETA will be able to attend annual meetings and submit
shareholder resolutions, and it plans to do both. The move comes after PETA
discovered that Stein Mart was selling apparel made with rabbit fur.
"The fur trade is revoltingly cruel because it steals
the skin off animals' backs at the cost of their very lives," says PETA
Senior Corporate Liaison David Byer. "By becoming stockholders, we'll get
a leg up and be able to take our case directly to the people who own Stein
Mart—namely, other shareholders."
In China—where much American-sold rabbit fur originates and
where there are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms—workers pull
rabbits out of cages by their ears and stun the screaming animals with
electrical devices. Rabbits watch as other animals have their throats cut and
their heads and paws cut off with knives before the skin is peeled off their
bodies. In other countries, rabbits killed for their fur spend their entire
lives in tiny, filthy cages and mired in their own waste. To kill rabbits, fur
their necks or smash their skulls before stringing them up by their legs and
slitting their throats.
PETA urges Stein Mart to follow the lead of companies
such as Gap Inc., Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, J.Crew,
and many others and remove all fur from its shelves immediately.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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