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Jun 21, 2013

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Visit - online
Location:South Africa
FURTHER ACTION: Investec Ltd has officially indicated that it is indifferent to the suffering of animals farmed and killed for their fur. Please e-mail Investec to express your outrage. Below is a sample letter. Please use the information in whatever way you like. -----------------------

skoseff@investec.co.za; investorrelations@investec.com; TDSantos@investec.co.za,

Investec Ltd South Africa, Sir, Madam, To whom it concerns:

I support the public plea asking your company to ban the sale of fur on any of your properties. Although the commercial trade in fur is legal in South Africa there is huge international opposition to the farming and selling of fur products.

Investec, you are a company that claims values of "cast-iron integrity”, “respect for others”, “open and honest dialogue”, “moral strength”, “unselfish contribution to … society” and “highest ethical standards”. You support several animal conservation projects. You have a zebra logo.

Petitions with around 4 000 signatures accompanied a dossier presented to Investec, which outlined the contradiction in Investec’s principles and the fur trade.

The horrific facts of the fur industry, which breeds and kills wild animals solely to be skinned for the fashion industry were given. It discussed debates, for example the meat versus the fur industry; the environmental impact of fur farming and so on. It clearly outlined that with fur farming wild animals are confined in battery style conditions; cramped in metal cages that cannot provide them with a fragment of the conditions essential to their lives.             These desperate animals exhibit self-mutilation among other abnormal behaviour that is not observed anywhere else: not in zoos, not in nature.                 If profit is to be made, fur farming can never be undertaken on a free range basis because of the needs of wild animals.                                                   In Austria and Switzerland, when strict conditions for fur farming were implemented fur farms had to close, as they were not economically viable. In order to preserve pelts and keep costs low, slaughter of fur bearing animals is merciless.

They are anally electrocuted, gassed, poisoned, bludgeoned to death and even skinned alive.                                                                              Hundreds of animal skins make one coat. Only the pelt of the animal is used and disposal their bodies pose a potential environmental hazard.                On-going investigations have shown that commercial fur farming is not only morally indefensible, but unsustainable and leaves a huge carbon footprint.

Despite an undertaking to seriously consider the content of the dossier you treated the signatories with contempt and did not even bother to read the document. Instead you came out with the platitude that as long as an activity is legal you will not take a stand regardless of the morality of any particular industry. By implication, irrespective of the business –be it child trafficking, sale of Rhino horn - if it is legal Investec will not take a moral stand. It is astonishing that Investec, a company which claims “moral strength” as one of its core values, puts forward an argument that ignores morality entirely. This disregard for the public opinion is unacceptable and hypocritical.                 I urge you to change your policy.

Sincerely

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Posted: Friday June 21, 2013, 11:01 am
Tags: wild animals fur animal factory sale of abuse farming [add/edit tags]

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NicoleAWAY W. (625)
Friday June 21, 2013, 12:28 pm
definitely sent, thank you Debbie

Barbara F. (72)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:08 pm
Thanks Debbie

Mary T. (291)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:10 pm
Debbie - sent two emails. Thank you - Mary

Millie O'Connor (178)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:18 pm
You can not call yourself moral when you allow this horrendous treatment of animals to go on. Can you imagine what it must feel like to the animals when they are being tortured and killed like this? They feel pain exactly as you do. This must stop.

Millie O'Connor (178)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:19 pm
Thank you for this, Debbie!

Lisa Neste (694)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:28 pm
Sent e-mail, thanks for making it so easy Debbie!

Millie O'Connor (178)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:42 pm
Sent email, thanks, Debbie.

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Friday June 21, 2013, 8:31 pm
Noted and sent. Thanks Debbie.

Rosemary R Hubby Home Hospital (634)
Friday June 21, 2013, 10:05 pm
Debbie my letter is forthcoming and I can't thank you enough for posting this.
I will post on Twitter the outrageous contradiction in Investec’s principles and the fur trade.


Joan M. (1090)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:18 pm
e-mail sent. Thanks Debbie

Constance F. (433)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 1:39 am
Thank you Debbie for this excellent letter. Revised and sent June 21 at 1:12am

Julie E. (347)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:06 am
E-mails sent! Thank you Debbie :)

Magdalena P. (31)
Monday June 24, 2013, 6:16 am
sent Debbie thanks and kisses :)

salome reis (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:32 am
Sent, thank you Debbie

Bonnie S. (27)
Tuesday August 13, 2013, 11:25 pm
To whom it may concern at Investec,
First I've got to say you are waiting for piles of money and then comes freedom and happiness. Well I've known the Nouveaux Riches (Newly Riche) and they are always putting money first while the old money folks are and have been rich generation after generation usually quiet and wise. Investec just sounds too rushed to even face the hypocrisy-and a lot of people know that, in fact Investec cannot do business with the decent, moral organizations (that I would bank on).
"Honest" and " Moralistically" Arian doesn't fit at all with the horrific way the wild or domesticated animals get skinned and yes I've seen footage from Fur Bearer Defenders.com in Vancouver, Canada.
Asian business, one day I think you will never forget seeing and hearing the animals as they are skinned
alive and wonder why you did it (Honestly)

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