Fur District Campaigns
Wetlands has been at the forefront of the fight against the fur
trade. Every year 40,000 animals are killed for their fur through
cruel methods including neck breaking, trapping, and anal and genital
electrocution. New York City is the most important city in the US
to the fur industry, home to industry journals, designers, raw pelt
sellers, and hundreds of retail outlets.
More fur is sold in New York than in any other American city. Wetlands
has demonstrated against fur sales at hotels, individual fur stores,
pro-fur propaganda in the New York Times, and the sale of "peripheral'
fur items like ear muffs and fur coats by ritzy Fifth Avenue stores.
Wetlands has organized numerous actions against the fur trade, both
on our own and in conjunction with the Animal Defense League, Friends
of Animals, and other groups.
for info on Recent Actions
Along with dozens of other groups around
the country, we are actively working to end the sale of fur by Federated
Department Stores, including Macy's, Stern's, Bloomingdales, Rich's,
Lazarus, Goldsmith, The Bon Marche, Burdines, and the Fingerhut
website, In New York City, Wetlands and ADL have waged a high-profile
campaign against Macy's, the largest fur retailer in the Federated
chain, including hundreds of demonstrations, almost a dozen civil
disobedience actions, extensive print, radio, and television media
coverage, and distribution of close to 100.000 flyers, collection
of tens of thousands of petition signatures. For more information
Photos from a recent
Boycott Macy's protest:
here for a timeline of New York City Actions Against Macy*s
a small section of Manhattan bordered by 30th Street on the West
side, 6th Avenue on the East, 27th Street, on the south and 8th
Avenue on the West lies the heart of an industry that views suffering,
torture, and death as marketable commodities.
Animal Defense League members blockade the entrance of The New
York Fur Center at 333 7th Avenue to mark Fur Free Friday 1999.
For more details on this event, click
The Fur District
is the home of dozens of fur businesses, from retailers to pelt
suppliers, from trade publications to public relations entities.
As the fur industry continues to crumble, the landlords of the buildings
in the district are looking to diversify their tenant to businesses
with a more stable future. The Fur District Campaign will work to
hasten that trend by being a constant presence in the fur district
demonstrations, direct actions, and other events. Our goal is to
drive the furriers out of midtown Manhattan, and strike a blow against
the entire industry by destroying its epicenter.
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