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WIN! Fashion Giant Escada Sheds Fur From 2011 Collection

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UPDATE: Escada Begins 2011 With Fur Deleted

OCTOBER 2010: Kinship Circle, with animal advocacy groups worldwide, pressured Escada to sell cruelty- free couture instead of fur garments constructed from violence and death. Escada press rep Frank Elsner says, "Starting with the Spring- Summer 2011 collection, in stores January 2011, Escada stops using fur, including rabbit and Karakul (Persian lamb). This decision is valid for an unlimited period."

Our members persistently asked Escada to clear its shelves of animals killed by genital electrocution, cervical dislocation (neck popping), lethal injection of pesticides or other junk chemicals, asphyxiation from unfiltered carbon monoxide, and steel jaw leghold traps.

PHOTO SOURCE: Animal Liberation Frontline, posted by Peter Young, Dec 19, 2009. After five months of research and investigation, I am announcing the release of a landmark document: The Blueprint — the largest update of fur farm addresses in nearly 15 years… Fur Farm Intelligence Project, Major Investigation Announced

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Please eliminate fur and fur-trimmed goods from your product lines. I cannot in good conscience purchase Escada designs while your company endorses the violent fur industry.

There are virtually no regulatory guidelines to protect animals farmed for their fur. At typical farms, caged animals are stacked in open sheds where they pace in feces and urine. Some perish from dehydration, starvation or self-mutilation.

Wild animals normally travel miles each day, raise young, gather food, and express other traits. On fur farms, they resort to head bobbing, self-mutilation, infanticide, cannibalism, and other coping mechanisms.

Undamaged pelts are commonly derived via genital electrocution. With a metal conductor lodged in the animal’s throat and an electric prod in his or her rectum, the killer delivers a 240-volt blast of electricity. The electrical current only works as a paralyzing agent. The animal remains conscious for two or more minutes to endure an excruciating heart attack.

Other furbearers die by cervical dislocation (neck popping(, lethal injection of pesticides or other junk chemicals, and asphyxiation from unfiltered carbon monoxide.

Animals trapped in the wild suffer no less. Those caught in leghold traps or snares may gnaw their teeth to the jawbone or chew off their feet to escape. Others languish on trap lines for days before trappers return to fatally club, stomp or drown them.

Indiscriminate trapping devices crush dogs, cats, deer, livestock and 2 to 10 times as many non-target animals. Endangered species are among the millions of animals trashed by trappers every year.

I urge Escada stores worldwide to choose cruelty-free couture. Please join Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Todd Oldham, Marc Bouwer, and other popular designers that market sophisticated collections without real fur.

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Escada World Headquarters

Margaretha-ley-Ring 1
85609 Aschheim  / Deutschland (Germany)
ph: 49 0 89 9944 0, fax: 49 0 89 9944 1111

ESCADA USA Headquarters
1412 Broadway, 9th Floor  / New York, NY 10018
ph: 1 800 869 8424, email:

Florida, Bal Harbour ESCADA Shop

9700 Collins Avenue 155  / Bal Harbour, FL 33154
ph: 1 305 8679283, fax: 1 305 8644694

California, Beverly Hills ESCADA Shop
9502 Wilshire Boulevard  / Beverly Hills, CA 90212
ph: 1 310 2850330, fax: 1 310 2850165

Massachusetts, Boston ESCADA Shop
308 Boylston Street  / Boston, MA 02116
ph: 1 617 4371200, fax: 1 617 4236643

Maryland, Chevy Chase ESCADA Shop
5555 Wisconsin Avenue  / Chevy Chase, MD 20815
ph: 1 301 6579000, fax: 1 301 6579041

Illinois, Chicago ESCADA Shop
840 North Michigan Avenue  / Chicago, IL 60611
ph: 1 312 9150500, fax: 1 312 9150799

California, Costa Mesa ESCADA Shop
Suite 2207; 3333 Bristol Street  / Costa Mesa, CA 92626
ph: 1 714 9576800, fax: 1 714 9571434

Texas, Dallas ESCADA Shop
Highland Park; 34 Highland Park Village  / Dallas, TX 75205
ph: 1 214 5212882, fax: 1 214 5212994

Hawaii, Honolulu ESCADA Shop
  Ala Moana Shopping Center Court 3F
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 3101  / Honolulu, HI 96814
 ph: 1 808 9733738, fax: 1 808 9733740
Nevada, Las Vegas ESCADA Shop

The Forum at Caesar’s Palace
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. Suite C-3 / Las Vegas, NV 89109
ph: 1 702 7912300, fax: 1 702 7917644

California, Los Angeles ESCADA Shop
9502 Wilshire Blvd / Los Angeles, CA 90212
ph: 1 310 2850330; fax: 1 310 2850165

New York, Manhasset ESCADA Shop
The Americana, 2060 Northern Blvd / Manhasset, NY 11030
ph: 1 516 8690966, fax: 1 516 8690980

Florida, Naples Marissa Collections ESCADA Shop
1167 Third Street South / Naples, FL 34102
ph: 1 239 263 4333, fax: 1 239 262 5437

New York, New York ESCADA Shop
715 Fifth Avenue / New York, NY 10022
ph: 1 212 755 2200, fax: 1 212 832 3750

Florida, Palm Beach ESCADA Shop
 222 Worth Avenue / Palm Beach, FL 33480
ph: 1 561 835 9700, fax: 1 561 835 4503

Arizona, Phoenix ESCADA Shop
Biltmore Fashion Park, 2550 E. Camelback Rd / Phoenix, AZ 85016
ph: 1 602 224 0336, fax: 1 602 224 5239

Texas, Plano ESCADA Shop
The Shops at Willowbend
Suite B-201, 6121 West Park Blvd / Plano, TX 75093
ph: 1 469 366 0746, fax: 1 469 366 0750

Washington, Seattle ESCADA Shop
The Skinner Building, 1302 Fifth Avenue / Seattle, WA 98101
ph: 1 206 2239433, fax: 1 206 2234996

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