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ARCHIVE - Get Cruelty Off The Shelves. No Fur Campaign 2009-2010

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Ask major upscale retailers to clear their shelves of fur and fur-trimmed items. They’ll join other fur-free retailers and designers, including Zappos, Zara, Juicy Couture, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, Forever 21, American Eagle, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Abercrombie & Fitch, J. Crew, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Vivienne Westwood, Todd Oldham, Marc Bouwer… No matter how it is marketed, fur is synonymous with violence and death.

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for any past efforts to close fur salons and end the sale of fur merchandise at your stores. This shows sensitivity to not only your customers, but also the unquestionable cruelty behind fur.

I appreciate that fur and fur-trimmed items present challenging questions for upscale retailers in terms of customer satisfaction. But the minority who still request real fur shouldn't overshadow sound ethical policy.

The fact is, even a "little fur trim" is a lot of suffering and death. Please expand your cruelty-free policy to include the termination of fur-trimmed merchandise. Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Stella McCartney, Todd Oldham and more popular designers offer sophisticated collections without real fur.

There is virtually no regulatory oversight of fur farms. Caged animals are typically stacked in open sheds where they pace in feces and urine. Some perish from dehydration, starvation or self-mutilation. They resort to head bobbing, infanticide, cannibalism, and other coping mechanisms.

Pelts are often derived from genital electrocution. The killer delivers a 240-volt blast of electricity into an animal’s rectum. The conscious, convulsing animal endures a heart attack for two or more minutes. Some die by cervical dislocation (neck popping). Others are injected with lethal junk chemicals. Animals are also asphyxiated with unfiltered carbon monoxide.

Creatures 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.

No matter how you market it, fur is synonymous with violence and death. I respectfully ask you to offer cruelty-free couture at all your locations.

Thank you,
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Nordstrom, Inc.
Mr. Bruce A. Nordstrom, Chairman
1617 Sixth Avenue / Seattle, WA 98101-1742
ph: 206-628-2111, fax: 206-628-1795

bebe stores, inc.
Manny Mashouf, President and CEO
400 Valley Drive / Brisbane, CA 94005
ph: 877-423-2303, 415-715-2715, fax: 415-715-3939
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Bloomingdale’s, Inc.
Michael Gould, Chairman
1000 3rd Ave. / New York, NY 10022
ph: 212-705-2000, fax: 212-705-2805
Anne Keating, Senior Vice President, Public Relations:
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Brooks Brothers
Claudio Del Vecchio, CEO
346 Madison Avenue / New York, NY 10017
ph: 800-274-1815, 212-682-8800, fax: 800-274-1010
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Burlington Coat Factory
Monroe G. Milstein, Chairman
1830 Route 130 North / Burlington, NJ 08016
ph: 609-387-7800, fax: 609-387-7071
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Chadwick's of Boston
Eric Faintreny, CEO
35 United Drive / Boston, MA 02379
West Bridgewater, MA 02379-1027
ph: 508-895-3000, fax: 508-588-7994
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Express, LLC
Michael Weiss, President and CEO
One Limited Pkwy. / Columbus, OH 43230
ph: 614-415-4000, 888-397-1980
fax: 614-415-4200, 614-415-7440
spacer Macy's East
Ronald Klein, Chairman and CEO
151 West 34th Street / New York, NY 10001
ph: 212-695-4400; fax: 212-494-1057
Jim Sluzewski, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
& External Affairs, Macy's Inc.:
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Neiman Marcus
Burton M. Tansky President and CEO, Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.
Karen W. Katz, President and CEO, Neiman Marcus Stores
1 Marcus Square / 1618 Main Street / Dallas, TX 75201
ph: 214-743-7600, 214-741-6911 , fax: 214-742-4904
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Saks Fifth Avenue
Stephen I. Sadove, Chairman and CEO
12 E. 49th St. / New York, NY 10017
ph: 212-753-4000, 212-940-4048, fax: 212-940-4299
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Sears, Roebuck and Company
Mr. Alan Lacy, Chairman and CEO
3333 Beverly Road, BC-118A / Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
ph: 847-286-8316, fax: 847-286-7829
Shannelle Armstrong Director, Public Relations Sears Holdings:
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Victoria's Secret
Grace A. Nichols, President and CEO
4 Limited Pkwy. East / Reynoldsburg, OH 43608
ph: 614-577-7000, fax: 614-577-7047
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