While the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival has issued a no-fur policy for its entire event, organisers from the Sydney-based Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival have so far refused to stop supporting fur.
Every fur coat, lining or piece of trim represents the suffering of dozens of animals, whether they have been caught in the wild or confined to farms. Furriers also often intentionally mislabel items, and fur in Australia can come from animals (including cats and dogs) who have been beaten, boiled, hung, electrocuted and skinned alive on Chinese fur farms.
PETA Australia has been trying to work with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in order to negotiate a fur-free policy before the next event in August – but so far, no assurances have been given by festival organisers.
How You Can Help ...
Please send polite e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival to ban real fur from its events.
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