pstrongFor Immediate Release:/strong Nov. 15, 2012/p
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pContact: Edita Birnkrant, NY Director, Friends of Animalsbr /
Office: 212.247.8120br /a href=””Email/abr /a href=””On the Web/a/p
pWhen: Saturday, Nov. 17th, 1-3 /
Where: Bloomingdale’s, 59th Street Lexington Avenue/p
pstrongNew York City/strong-International advocacy organization Friends of Animals and supporters will agitate at Bloomingdale’s doorstep on strongSaturday, November 17th, from 1-3pm/strong, and raise shoppers’ awareness about the reality behind the fur skins peddled to them./p
p”Some young New Yorkers are cluelessly draped in gruesome displays of violence against animals-fur-lined scarves, hats, footwear, gloves, purses, coats, earmuffs,” said Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals./p
pForty or more animals can go into a single mink coat, but the fur industry has been clever in hiding the coyotes, wolves, foxes, rabbits, chinchillas, mink, and other animals in trim. The animals are still trapped, snared, shot, clubbed, gassed and electrocuted./p
pNew York City’s iconic department store Bloomingdale’s contains the Maximilian Fur Salon, and also features designers who are notorious users of fur in their clothing lines, including Dennis Basso, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera. Donna Karan, who pledged to stop using fur but betrayed that promise and now uses rabbit skins, sells the DKNY line through Bloomingdale’s. /p
pEscada is hawking a dress made with pony and goat hair panels, and Burberry has a line of scarves made entirely of rabbit fur./p
pFriends of Animals will distribute flyers that reveal this unjust reality to pedestrians and shoppers, with an eye-catching photo of a gorgeous lynx, captioned, “If you believe genuine fur trim comes from scraps, where do scraps come from?” Designers and retailers who have renounced fur are listed in the flyer, which can serve as a handy shopping guide./p
pBanners and placards will be displayed to tourists and New Yorkers that stream past Bloomingdale’s holiday window displays. “We’re out to wake the public from their fur-lined stupor,” said Birnkrant. /p
p”Out of those caves. Fur is passé.”/p