Connecticut Residents: Take Action to Ban Fur Sales!


onnecticut is leading groundbreaking efforts to save animals who needlessly suffer and die for whims of fashion. New legislation could save a countless number of fur-bearing animals from excruciating deaths, and we need your support to make it a reality!

Just months ago, California became the first state in the nation to ban fur sales, which reflects the growing demand for animal-friendly apparel. Now, we have the tremendous opportunity to phase out the use of stolen animal skins in Connecticut. Please urge Connecticut's Environment Committee to support a statewide ban on fur.

Connecticut animal advocates are joining the efforts of others working to create compassionate cities across the country, including Portland, New York City, and Minneapolis, to prohibit the sale, trade, and manufacture of animal fur products. This ban would apply to clothing and accessories that contain fur.

To produce a fur jacket, trim, or accessory, fur-bearing animals are held hostage on fur farms, where they are deprived of space, socialization, and everything wild animals need to thrive. To preserve their coats, coyotes, chinchillas, foxes, mink, rabbits, and other fur-bearing animals are often anally or vaginally electrocuted, which kills them from the inside out. They may also be bludgeoned to death or skinned alive. The onlooking animals wait in terror for their turn, and the brutal process continues. Furs from dogs, cats, raccoons, rodents and other animals are often undisclosed or intentionally mislabeled by manufacturers, and fur products are often preserved with carcinogenic chemicals.

The inherently cruel fur industry is on its last legs. Designers from all over the world, including Gucci, Prada, and Michael Kors, have pledged to ditch fur. Giant retailers including Macy's, Inc. and Bloomingdales, have also announced that animal fur will no longer be sold at its stores or online in 2021.

 

What YOU Can Do — TODAY:

 

 

Most Connecticut residents do not support the brutal fur trade which needlessly profits from the misery and torture of innocent animals. We must urge the state senators and representatives who make up the Connecticut Environment Committee to support a statewide ban on the sale, trade, and manufacture of new animal fur products by making a phone call or two and then sending our letter with your personalization.

If you are getting this email, you reside in one or more of the committee members’ districts listed on our chart alphabetically below. Please make a call or two today and ask for them to raise the fur ban bill.

1) Identify your legislator(s).

To identify your state legislator(s), please enter your full address at idausa.org/findmyrep and choose the Connecticut tab. After you determine identity, please, use our chart below to collect the phone number(s) of your senator and/or state representative who are members of the Environment Committee.

If you know the numbers assigned to your district, but not the names of your legislators, you can skip this step and instead skim the list for your district.

 

 ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS 
DISTRICT STATE SENATORS PHONE NUMBER
S12 Cohen, Christine (Co-Chair) (860) 240-0455
S26 Haskell, Will (860) 240-0068
S24 Kushner, Julie (Vice Chair) (860) 240-0509
S30 Miner, Craig (Ranking Member) (800) 842-1421
  STATE REPRESENTATIVES  
109 Arconti, David (860) 240-8585
115 Borer, Dorinda (860) 240-8585
21 Demicco, Mike (860) 240-8585
92 Dillon, Patricia (860) 240-8585
47 Dubitsky, Doug (860) 240-8700
19 Exum, Tammy R. (860) 240-8585
121 Gresko, Joseph P. (Vice Chair) (800) 842-8267
138 Gucker, Kenneth (860) 240-8585
107 Harding, Steven (Ranking Member) (800) 842-1423
51 Hayes, Rick (860) 240-8700
64 Horn, Maria (860) 240-8585
119 Kennedy, Kathy (860) 240-8700
35 MacLachlan, Jesse (860) 240-8700
122 McGorty, Ben (860) 240-8700
146 Michel, David (860) 240-8585
85 Mushinsky, Mary M. (860) 240-8585
125 O'Dea, Tom (860) 240-8700
36 Palm, Christine (860) 240-8585
76 Piscopo, John (860) 240-8700
70 Rebimbas, Rosa (860) 240-8700
75 Reyes, Jr., Geraldo (860) 240-8585
139 Ryan, Kevin (860) 240-8585
140 Simms, Travis (860) 240-8585
6 Vargas, Edwin (860) 240-8585
66 Wilson, David T. (860) 240-8700
120 Young, Phil (800) 842-8267

 

2. Call your Connecticut legislator(s) on the Environment Committee that you've identified in the chart above, using the phone numbers supplied to the right of the names.

When you call, ask to leave a message for your legislator. You may use this simple script:

"Hello, my name is (name), and I’m a resident of (hometown/city). Please raise the bill to ban the sale, trade, and manufacture of new animal fur products in Connecticut!"

3. Interested in volunteering? Email julie@idausa.org to find out how you can take action to ban fur in Connecticut!

4. Please personalize and send our letter to your legislator(s) on the Environment Committee by filling out the form on this page.

Often, personalization is not necessary. However, in this instance, we have done our research and can assure you that it will make a huge difference in how your letter is received. iIn order for your voice to be heard, please personalize this letter by adding a sentence or two to the first paragraph with your name, home town/city, and adding your personal reason for wanting to ban fur in Connecticut (e.g., Connecticut constituents love and respect animals, the fur industry is cruel and outdated, faux fur is the future, etc.)

 

Submit the letter below to deliver your comments to:
  • Your legislators on the Environment Committee

 

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