November 28, 2008 · 11:00 AM
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Come and join me as we participate in this years Fur Free Friday march. This is a peaceful non-political march dedicated to bringing awareness about animal cruelty and neglect issues worldwide; in particular to the fur industry trade. For people who would like to meet up beforehand, I will be waiting near the PCS Starbucks at 10:30 am. Event kicks off at 11 am in front of Nordstrom. Signs will be provided, but feel free to make your own signs. I look foward to seeing you there!
Fur Free Friday -
Every year on the day after Thanksgiving for the last two decades, thousands of people around the U.S. have held demonstrations, marches, vigils, and other activities for Fur Free Friday to protest a global multi-billion dollar industry that kills over 40 million animals annually. Holding this national day of action on the busiest shopping day of the year allows activists to reach the greatest number of consumers, including those who may be thinking about buying fur as a gift or for their own wardrobe.
Animals on fur farms spend their lives trapped in wire cages stacked outdoors from which the only escape is death. In the wild, mink, foxes, and other fur-bearing species have a range of many miles, so being constantly confined and exposed to the harsh elements is a source of constant suffering for them. They are supposed to live in the wild where they can experience the natural existence that is their birthright, but are instead exploited for their coats and killed by anal or vaginal electrocution, which fries them from the inside out and stops their hearts while they are fully conscious.
Fur-bearing species are also caught in the wild using painful metal traps, and can linger in excruciating pain for days before a trapper comes to put them out of their misery. About one quarter of animals caught in this way escape by chewing their own limbs off (only to be killed by predators). If people knew the ugly truth about fur production, including the industry's illegal use of fur from dogs and cats, they would realize that even a little fur trim causes animals a lot of unnecessary suffering.