Sources News Release
Dogs and Cats Slaughtered for
Their Fur Legal in Canada
For immediate release, December 12, 2005: Making headlines around
the world, the dog and cat fur trade is being targeted by animal
caring people everywhere. Aimee Johnson of Fur-Bearer Defenders
is prepared to speak on Canada's role in this trade. "The fur
from skinned dogs and cats can be legally sold in Canada, and it
can be sold without any identifying label. It's truly sickening,"
Honourable James Peterson, Minister of International Trade:
"Canada does not collect statistics on the volume or value
of dog and cat fur that enters Canada", "As a major exporter,
Canada has an interest in avoiding trade barriers created by one
country imposing policies on another."
Raymond BÉdard, Canada Border Services Agency:
"There is no federal legislation in Canada that requires such
[fur] products to contain labels showing the type of animal."
Roughly two million dogs and cats are brutally slaughtered each
year for the international fur trade.
"Fur-Bearer Defenders is urging people nationwide to help
us BAN dog and cat fur in Canada, and end Canada's role in these
killings," says Johnson.
Eight major nations have banned dog and cat fur products, including
the United States. Advocates in Europe, including Sir Paul McCartney
and his wife Heather Mills McCartney, are lobbying for a 25 country,
Fur-Bearer Defenders is offering high quality photos and video
footage of the fur trade's dogs and cats (powerful yet suitable
for Canadian audiences).
Fur-Bearer Defenders is a Vancouver based, national non-profit
society, with a long history of responsible advocacy to stop fur
trade cruelty and protect fur-bearing animals.
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Contact: Aimee Johnson, Fur-Bearer Defenders
Day Phone: 604-435-1850,
or after hours: 604-889-4508
Fur-Bearer Defenders 3727 Renfrew Street Vancouver,
B.C., V5M 3L7
Phone: 604-435-1850 Fax: 604-435-1840
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