Cork encouraged to follow San Francisco and ban sale of fur

CORK is being encouraged to follow the lead of its sister city San Francisco and ban the sale of fur.

In March, the Californian city banned sales of fur and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has now written to Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald to ask Cork to do the same.

"Since so many people are turning their backs on fur, PETA is calling on Cork to take a step forward and ban its sale," PETA Director Elisa Allen said. 

"By going fur-free, the city would join San Francisco in sparing huge numbers of animals extreme suffering and an agonising death on fur farms around the world."

In the letter to Mr Fitzgerald, Ms Allen said that 50 million minks, foxes, chinchillas, and even hamsters are killed for their fur every year.

PETA says fur farming also has other impacts on the environment.

“The brew of toxins – ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, and various salts – used to preserve and dye fur ends up in our waterways, along with phosphorus from the living animals waste,” Ms Allen wrote.

San Francisco’s ban comes into effect at the start of 2019, although retailers will be allowed to sell existing stock for another year after that. Animal rights activists have welcomed the fur ban legislation but some retailers have objected.

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