‘Twelve Days of Cruelty’ Carollers Hit House of Fraser Over Fur Sales

For Immediate Release:
18 December 2019

Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]


Animal Protection Groups Call For Department Store to End Fur Sales Immediately

London – Despite enormous consumer backlash after fur appeared in House of Fraser department stores, the retailer is still selling the cruelly obtained material and has yet to reinstate its no-fur policy. To urge the company to stop profiting from cruelty to animals, Christmas carollers joined protesters outside its Oxford Street store today to sing a spoof, anti-fur version of the classic Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, with lyrics such as “On the first day of Christmas/ My true love gave to me/ Three frightened foxes/ Two caged rabbits/ And a House of Fraser bloody fur coat”. The action is a joint effort by some of the UK’s largest animal protection groups, including PETA, Humane Society International UK, Four Paws, Open Cages, and Viva!

A video from the action is available here (it’s available in other formats on request).

“Today’s kind shoppers have no interest in buying fur coats – or coats with collars or cuffs made of the fur of tormented animals,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is calling on House of Fraser to stop peddling pelts and reinstate its fur-free policy or face losing business and industry respect.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – recently released an exposé of the fur trade in Russia, including a supplier to Saga Furs, whose fur products are being sold at House of Fraser. In the footage, a worker was seen bashing rabbits with a metal pipe and electrocuting chinchillas and breaking their necks. Some animals were still alive and twitching when a worker decapitated them, tossing their heads into baskets full of other heads – all while other rabbits watched. Animals were kept in dirty wire-mesh cages. Minks and sables paced incessantly – a sign of psychological distress – while a fox with nowhere to hide cowered in fear.

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