Victory! Sheriff of York Ditches Ceremonial Robes Lined With Real Fur
For Immediate Release:
22 July 2013
Ben Williamson +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; BenW@peta.org.uk
York – After receiving a letter from PETA explaining the cruelty involved in fur production as well as the British public's overwhelming opposition to the use of fur, the Sheriff of York confirmed to PETA that he will no longer wear robes containing real fur. In an e-mail sent to PETA, City of York Council stated that the ceremonial robe worn by the Sheriff is due to be refurbished and that the fur trim will be replaced with synthetic fur. The e-mail continued, "Any future purchases and refurbishment of old robes and ceremonial wear will continue in this way, as we support animal rights fully". PETA is sending Watson a box of vegan chocolates to show our appreciation.
"It's important that public figures set a positive example, and by saying no to fur, the Sheriff of York has made it clear that animals deserve respect", says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. "Animals raised for fur suffer every day of their lives before they endure a painful and terrifying death."
Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are beaten, gassed or anally electrocuted. More than 2 million cats and dogs are skinned in China every year – many while still conscious. Fur farming is outlawed in the UK, but it's still legal to import fur. For council leaders to wear fur-trimmed robes, it not only goes against British values but also diminishes the meaning of the ban. A recent Times News Service survey showed that 95 per cent of Britons refuse to wear real fur.
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