PETA Asks Officials to Investigate Locally Based ContextLogic, Inc., for Permitting Fur Sales on Online Marketplaces
For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2020
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
San Francisco – This morning, PETA sent a letter urging the Department of Public Health to investigate ContextLogic, Inc.—the parent company of online marketplaces Wish, Cute, Geek, and others—for continuing to offer fur items for sale across its online platforms in apparent violation of the city’s fur ban. The action comes after PETA contacted the CEO of ContextLogic, urging him to remove all fur for sale, and received no reply.
“ContextLogic continues to support an industry in which animals are beaten, electrocuted, and even skinned alive,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is urging officials to hold this company accountable for its brazen display of fur items, which are not only hideously cruel but whose sale and display for sale is prohibited in the city.”
Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. At the end of their short, miserable lives, fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods, such as electrocution or suffocation. Others are caught in steel-jaw or body-crushing traps, which slam shut on the animal, often breaking bones, severing ligaments, and crushing organs, causing excruciating pain, sometimes for days. Some animals will attempt to chew off their own limbs in an attempt to escape. If they don’t die from blood loss or infection, like gangrene, trappers shoot, strangle, beat, or stomp them to death.
PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview) notes that California banned the sale of new fur statewide in 2019 and that numerous top designers and retailers—including Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and Giorgio Armani—have banned fur.