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Lord Mayor asked fur help!

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 4:29pm

Is this the most hair raising letter the Lord Mayor will receive in his term in office?

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has sent a letter to the Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald asking for a ban on the sale of fur in Cork.

The city of San Francisco officially banned the sale of fur in March and because Cork is its sister city, PETA sent the letter to him asking Cork to follow in San Francisco’s “compassionate example”.

In the letter dated 8 April, PETA notes that 50 million minks, foxes, chinchillas and even hamsters are killed for their fur every year.

In the letter seen by the Cork Independent, it tells the Lord Mayor that the vast majority are raised in tiny cages on fur farms, where they face neglect, starvation, and dehydration and where the constant stress of confinement causes many to go insane, leading to self-mutilation and cannibalism.

“To keep the pelts intact, fur farmers may gas animals to death, electrically shock them, poison them, or break their necks,” the letter said.

PETA Director Elisa Allen said: "Since so many people are turning their backs on fur, PETA is calling on Cork to take a step forward and ban its sale.

“By going fur-free, the city would join San Francisco in sparing huge numbers of animal’s extreme suffering and an agonising death on fur farms around the world."

The Lord Mayor was contacted for a comment but none was received as of going to print.

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