Take action to ban fur in Newcastle City Council!

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Newcastle City Council has the chance to become the next council in NSW to ban the use of fur - will you help?

The extreme cruelty in the production of animal fur and skins is well known. Hundreds of millions of animals including mink, fox, raccoon dog, chinchilla and rabbit, suffer and are killed at the hands of the global fur industry every year.

85% of the industry’s skins come from animals raised in tiny wire battery cages where animals are deprived of the ability to carry out even the most basic of natural behaviours. Animals are killed by electrocution, gassing, breaking their necks, or skinning them alive, cruel methods designed to avoid damage to their fur.

The remaining 15% of animals slaughtered for their fur in the wild are trapped with body-gripping traps, steel-jaw leg-hold traps, and wire neck snares. These devices inflict prolonged and protracted pain and suffering to their victims.

The taking of wildlife from their natural habitat is also common in the industry: particularly in animal skin production such as snakes and alligators, detrimentally affecting the natural ecosystem. Additionally, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there is even more reason to eliminate the production of animal fur and skins where these zoonotic diseases start and spread to humans.

Four NSW Councils have already moved to ban fur in their area due to the extreme cruelty in the production of animal fur and skins. Help Newcastle City Council be next by signing our petition today.

To: Newcastle City Councillors
From: [Your Name]

We are calling on Newcastle City Council to support a ban of animal fur and skin sales on Council land and to urge State and Federal governments to enact a ban on the trade of these products. City of Sydney, City of Blue Mountains and Canterbury Bankstown Councils have already enacted bans along with many local governments around the world including the UK, Brazil and the USA.

The extreme cruelty in the production of animal fur and skins is widely known. Hundreds of millions of animals worldwide suffer and are killed at the hands of the fur trade every year including mink, fox, raccoon dog, chinchilla and coyote.
85% of the industry’s skins come from animals raised in tiny wire battery cages where animals are deprived of the ability to carry out even the most basic of natural behaviours.

The 15% of animals slaughtered for their fur in the wild are trapped with body-gripping traps, steel-jaw leg-hold traps and wire neck snares. These devices inflict prolonged and protracted pain and suffering to their victims.The cruelty in the production of animal fur and skins is widely known, animals are kept in cramped and unnatural conditions and subjected to terrifying and horrific procedures such as electrocution, bludgeoning and being skinned alive.

We believe without question, our Newcastle City Council community would overwhelmingly object to this cruelty.

We also know that animal fur is being mislabelled and sold as faux fur in Australia. Forensic testing carried out on products sold at markets in Victoria has proved this.

Additionally, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there is even more reason to eliminate the production of animal fur and skins where these zoonotic diseases start and spread to humans.

Newcastle City Council is a progrsssive and compassionate community that expects council to reflect those values. Please support the motion to ban fur in Newcastle!