Target: Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee
Goal: Demand that Barneys New York stop encouraging the slaughter of animals and remove all fur from its stores
Animals who are bred or captured for use in the fur industry endure lives of sheer misery. They are often killed in cruel and unusual ways so that their skin can be ripped from their bodies and made into clothing. It is a horrific practice that should not be endorsed by the fashion industry on the runway or in retail stores.
According to PETA, “Animals who are trapped in the wild [for their fur] can suffer for days from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators” whereas “Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages.” Whether animals are caught or raised for their fur, they are ultimately killed in a manner that prioritizes monetary expense over the animals’ suffering. It is disturbing to think that anyone would want to subject another living creature to this type of cruelty under the guise of fashion.
It has been over three years since Barneys New York caused outrage by mislabeling a fur parka as “faux fur.” At that time, various animal rights organizations asked the luxury retailer to discontinue its sale of fur to no avail. Further evidence of animal cruelty in the fur industry has been revealed in recent years, so it is time for the national retailer to re-examine the decision to sell fur. Barneys New York is considered a leader in the fashion industry and as such, it should take the important and humane step of vowing to cease selling fur immediately.
By signing the petition below, you will urge Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee to take a stand against animal cruelty by removing all fur from its stores across the country.
Dear Mark Lee,
I am shocked that Barneys New York is still selling fur in stores and online. Perhaps you are unaware that animals who are bred or captured for use in the fur industry endure lives of sheer misery.
I would have thought that after Barneys stores caused outrage in 2010 by mislabeling a fur parka as “faux fur,” you would have taken the opportunity to take a stand against animal cruelty by removing all fur from your stores. The good news is that it is never too late to take a step in the right direction.
I am asking you to take the important and humane step of vowing to cease selling fur in Barneys New York stores effective immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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