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Furry friends not fashion 

To the editor,

I have received emails and phone calls about how happy people are that Mitchell Furs on Quinpool Road is closing; asking if I, as a local animal rights activist, know why. The fact of the matter: who cares why it is closing as long as it is?

The fur industry has its ups and downs, but it appears that companies such as The Gap, Banana Republic, Roots and J. Crew have denounced fur because of the brutality it brings upon the animals who are turned into fashion for egomaniacs. It is hard to say if these retailers dumped fur because of the torture of the animals or because we could be wearing dogs and cats.

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, "There is no federal legislation in Canada that requires imported fur to contain labels of animal or country of origin." We imported $32 million of fur from China in 2004, and it is naive to think that some of that fur did not come from Rufus or Kitty. The reality is that the Fur Council of Canada does not have control over each and every fur item that comes into this country—but we do. Say no to fur and allow the animals to keep their coats where they belong.

By Lisa Diana

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