From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 1996:
World Traders Inc., a six-store
fur chain operating in Maine and New
Hampshire, has gone out of business.
California antifur activist Molly
Attel asks that letters protesting the sale of
coyote-trimmed coats be sent to H.V.
Moore, CEO, Woolrich Inc., Woolrich,
Earth 2000 National urges holders
of Bon-Ton credit cards to cut them up
and return them to Bon-Ton president
Timothy Grumbacher in protest of his decision
to lease boutique space in each of the
70 Bon-Ton franchises to Pollak Furs.
Messages may be left for Bon-Ton at 717-
Don Rolla of the Elsa Wild
Animal Appeal hopes to collect 100,000
petition signatures in support of a federal
leghold trap ban before World Animal
Awareness Week, in June. For copies of
the petition, call Rolla at 708-833-2560.
Colorado People Allied With
Wildlife can still use volunteer petition-carriers
to help gather the 90,000 signatures
needed to put a bill to ban all lethal trapping,
snaring, and poisoning onto the November
ballot. The signatures are due by July 17.
To help, call 303-702-1400 or 702-1408.
The Fur Council of Canada in a
February 29 letter to the MediaCom advertising
company objected that a billboard version
of the Friends of Animals antifur ad
published in the November and January editions
of ANIMAL PEOPLE was “offensive
and misleading” because, claimed FCC vice
president Harry Papadopoulos, whitecoat
harp seals are no longer clubbed––procedure
now is to wait two weeks, until they molt,
then club them––and red foxes are neither
electrocuted nor raised for fur. A N I M A L
PEOPLE sent the interested parties a stack
of literature from the Canadian government
and fur trade groups, documenting the
extensive rearing of red foxes by Canadian
fur farms and explaining in detail how to
anally electrocute them.
Russian fur farms have reportedly
cut production by 20% and laid off a
third of their work force, ostensibly
because of competition from cheap imports,
which are said to have glutted the Russian
market. That happened because the pelts
weren’t selling in western Europe.