Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Get GUESS To Go Fur-Free

June 16th, 2007 2:45 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Jun 16, 2007 1:43 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Get GUESS To Go Fur-Free

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6/16/07: Get GUESS To Go Fur-Free
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Coalition To Abolish The Fur Trade [CAFT-UK], caft [at] lists.rbgi.net

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GUESS, Inc. (US head office)
1444 South Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
ph: customer service (toll-free) 1-877-44-GUESS (48377)
email: customerservice [at] guess.com

GUESS Italia (European HQ)
VIA DE CATTANI SNC
50100
FIRENZE (Florence) Italy
ph: +390553208412
email: luca.tacchi [at] guess.it, andrea.bargiotti [at] guess.it

GUESS UK
Guess UK Ltd
Unit G5 Harbour Yard
Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XD
ph: 020 7240 2086, 020 7751 4430
email: info [at] guessuk.com

Dear Sir/Madam:

I urge GUESS to choose conscientious couture over pain and suffering. Please initiate a permanent fur-free policy.

GUESS, an international chain with stores in over 60 countries, supports the violent fur trade with its inclusion of fur and fur-trimmed goods.

Fur farms are low-budget operations where caged animals live stacked in rows in open sheds. Intensively confined their entire lives, they frantically pace in feces, urine, rusty cans. Some perish from dehydration, starvation or self-mutilation.

Wild animals normally travel miles each day, raise their young, burrow, dig, and express other traits. On fur farms, they resort to coping mechanisms such as constant pacing, head bobbing, self-mutilation, infanticide, and cannibalism.

Death by genital electrocution is used to ensure undamaged pelts. A metal conductor is lodged in the animal’s throat and an electric prod is pushed inside the rectum. The killer flips a switch to blast 240 volts of electricity through the animal’s body. The electrical current only works as a paralyzing agent. The animal remains conscious for two or more minutes to feel the excruciating force of massive heart attack.

Other fur-bearing animals die by cervical dislocation (neck-popping), lethal injection of junk chemicals such as pesticides, or unfiltered carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

Animals trapped in the wild suffer no less. Those not immediately crushed in leghold traps or snares gnaw their teeth to the jawbone or chew off their feet to escape. Any who survive mutilation, exposure or starvation are clubbed, crushed (trappers stomp them to death) or drowned after languishing on trap lines for days.

Moreover, indiscriminate trapping devices snap shut on dogs, cats, deer, livestock and 2 to 10 times as many non-target animals. Endangered species are among the millions of “trash animals” dumped by trappers every year.

I cannot in good conscience purchase GUESS designs as long as the company supports the brutal fur industry. I encourage you to join Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Todd Oldham, Marc Bouwer, and other popular designers that market sophisticated collections without real fur.

Please notify me about any decisions to implement a fur-free policy.

Thank you,

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Worldwide Week of Action Against GUESS
Saturday June 16 to Saturday June 23

From: Coalition To Abolish The Fur Trade [CAFT-UK] caft [at] lists.rbgi.net
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007

GUESS is a multinational chain of fashion shops, with around 800 stores in over 60 countries around the world, and is growing fast. As they also include fur in their collections, they are a large and growing contributor to the international fur trade.

We recently organised a very successful international day of action to try to persuade GUESS to stop selling fur, including protests in London, New York, Milan, St Petersburg, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Dublin, Turin and Bologna. (For Report from the last day of action see http://www.caft.org.uk/guess/index.html)

Now we are organising an international week of action in June to coincide with the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting on June 18th in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

If you have a Guess store in your country, we would welcome your support for the campaign. If you could organise just one action during the week, a protest, a publicity action, a letter of protest to your local Guess store, a press release, a website listing, anything to help us spread the word. We have leaflets and posters already in 6 different languages, and can produce them in other languages if needed. To find out your local GUESS store, see the store locator on the website http://www.guess.com/StoreLocator.aspx

PETA have also been campaigning to persuade GUESS to go fur free and they will be attending the shareholders meeting as they have shares in the company, and they intend to address the shareholders and directors and call on them to introduce a no-fur policy.

The annual shareholder meeting starts at 9am on June 18th at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows located at 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210, USA. The demonstration will start at around 8am to greet the shareholders and directors.

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One Response to “Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Get GUESS To Go Fur-Free”

  1. Terese Grassi Says:

    it is not human to treat and abuse animals bad!!!it is like the devil himself!!animals should be treated with love and respect!!they want to live a nice live like you and me want!!

    they have the right to live free and without pain and danger!! stop selling fur!! it is very cruel for the poor and innocent animals!!animals need freedom, love, good care and savety!! leave the animals alone!! be a good human and stop selling fur!!!make this world better place for animals!!!they need your love and help!!!!!please, save them!!!

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