10/17/05 Pamela Anderson Asks Croatian Designers to Go Fur-Free

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Animal Friends, PETA and NOKIA Cro-a-porter sent the Pamela Anderson's letter and a video to Croatian fashion designers

Internationally renowned television and film star Pamela Anderson - on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment Animals (PETA), Animal Friends and NOKIA Cro-a-porter - has sent a letter to Croatia's fashion designers, urging them not to use fur. Among thirty-odd Croatian fashion designers to whom Pamela Anderson has sent her appeal were also Matija Vuica, Leonarda Boban, Amarie, Budoir, Ivana Popovic, Boris Pavlin, Hippy Garden, Oliver Jular, Madame DEMODE, Robert Sever, Image Haddad...

Enclosed with the letter is PETA's shocking video - narrated by Anderson and with Croatian subtitles - in which she describes the horrific suffering of animals caught in traps and raised on fur farms as graphic images of the animals' painful lives and deaths appear on the screen. Although Anderson has written to North American designers and even traveled to Paris to personally show the video to French designers, her letter marks the first time that a mailing of this type has been sent to Croatian designers.

"It amazes me that some designers still turn animals into fashion victims," says Anderson. "I've written to them all to say: Foxes and chinchillas are anally electrocuted, beavers are drowned in underwater traps and minks are injected with weedkiller, all for a tacky coat that makes women look like Bigfoot!"

In the video, Anderson takes viewers on a worldwide undercover tour of fur farms and trap lines. In Russia, wolves, beavers and raccoons are trapped, drowned and beaten to death in the wild, and in Europe and the US, chinchillas and minks suffer electrocution and neck-breaking on fur farms. In Korea, a top fur-producing nation, foxes are crushed between wooden planks.

Pamela Anderson's letter to Croatian designers follows.

For more information, please visit FurIsDead.com.

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing on behalf of my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the organization's more than 800,000 members and supporters worldwide. As a fan of fashion, I am always interested to see what top designers are using in their new collections, and I was disappointed to learn when someone used real fur in some of their designs. Using real fur is completely unnecessary, since there are many fashionable and functional alternatives available.

You may not be aware of the cruelty inherent in the fur industry. Most animals killed for their fur are raised on fur farms, confined to cages hardly bigger than their own bodies. Most are killed while they are still babies, with gruesome methods such as electrocution, gassing, and neck-breaking and without prior stunning. Some animals are still alive when they are skinned. Animals trapped in the wild are caught in steel leghold traps, and they often wait for days before the hunter comes to beat them to death. Some die of exposure or predation, others chew off their own limbs to escape, only to die later of blood loss or shock.

Enclosed you will find a video that I narrated about the cruel fur industry, which I hope you will take a moment to watch. What you will see on the tape is horrifying, but it is standard fur-farming practice. I hope it will persuade you to make up your mind about using fur. Please let me know if you have decided not to use real fur so that I can share that information with PETA's many supporters around the world. You can reach me by e-mail at PamelaA@peta.org. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Pamela Anderson



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