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A Push to Stop Swiss Cats From Being Turned Into Coats and Hats - New York Times


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Ceci
- 2292 days ago - nytimes.com
Had just one of her cats disappeared last October, Isabelle Nydegger would simply have assumed it had lost its way in the nearby forest or been attacked by a dog or wild animal. But first Zeus, a 2-year-old black tabby, vanished. A few days later it was



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Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 7:10 am
GOOD POST PLEASE CONTINUE WITH CAMPAIGNS AND UPDATES
 

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 8:06 am
Thnx Cissy!
 

James M. (193)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 8:18 am
Thank you!
 

catresea C. (414)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 8:39 am
Noted and it's about time! Let's keep the pressure on for that "push" to outlaw this barbarism forever and everywhere!
 

Lee D. (22)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 10:47 am
I had no idea!!! It's disgusting and shocking. A country, like prim and proper Switzerland... it's double disgusting.
 

Ceci Blaugrane (563)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 10:49 am
Thanks everyone for noting!! It is really shocking and horrible.
 

Holly J. (20)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 11:47 am
Please keep us updated. I am glad to see forward movement on this issue.
 

Ariel SunDolphin (276)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 4:17 pm
Terrible! Nightmarish. If somebody stole a Cat from me & did that, i would be devastated.Poor Cats. Is there nobody safe anymore.
 

Jennifer K. (20)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 5:04 pm
OMG. I had no idea this was going on. I'm am apparently naive as I was under the presumption that Switzerland was a CIVILIZED country. Oops my bad. I am adding them to my growing boycot list, not that they will miss me. Is there any action that can be taken that will matter?
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 6:02 pm
I JUST CAME BACK FROM SWITZERLAND.THE SWISS PEOPLE I SPOKE WITH DON TKNOW ABOUT HTHIS VERY WIERD WE KNOW AN DTHEY DONT/? THE VEGAN RESTAURANT . ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A SEAT I SEE NO FLIERS ANYWHERE IN REGARDS TO ANIMAL RIGHTS NO HOMELESS CATS OR DOGS I WAS TOLD THE SHELTER IS NO KILL AND THE PEOPLE I SPOKE WITH WALKING THEIR DOGS WERE REAL ANIMAL LOVERS
HA
 

Manny G. (50)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 7:56 pm
Looks like the work of an evil mind, to steal this poor ladies cats for no good! Sad news!
 

Terri Halle (25)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 8:59 pm
After reading this I wonder when we will finally reach the inside of the curve . . . You know, the turning point where change is right there, now within reach, and people are actually getting it? It's hard to have some faith, but then again, that's all any of us have really.
 

Ceci Blaugrane (563)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 11:53 pm
Pressure is growing in Switzerland for tighter legislation on the trade in cat fur, to bring the country into line with the European Union.
The Swiss association SOS Chats has launched a petition calling for a ban on hunting stray cats, and preparing and exporting cat skins. So far it has attracted over 50,000 signatures, including those of Brigitte Bardot, Michael Schumacher and former Miss Switzerland Lauriane Gilliéron.
The ban also has support in parliament: a member of the House of Representatives, Luc Barthassat, is to submit a motion later this year.

Switzerland has banned the import of cat fur since 2006, largely because of concern over cruel methods of slaughter in exporting countries.
But when new legislation comes into force by the end of 2008 banning the production of these furs throughout the European Union, Switzerland will be out of step with its neighbours.
"That's why discussion has also started in Switzerland if it should be allowed to produce furs from cats and dogs," Marcel Falk of the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office told swissinfo.
SOS Chats co-founder Tomi Tomek said her organisation had support from within the government.

"When we wrote to Mrs Calmy-Rey, the president, [Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss president in 2007], she was very shocked... She said she wanted things to change. So we have launched a petition to help her to change it."
The movement has support from members of parliament across party boundaries, not just Luc Barthassat's Christian Democratic Party.
The main opposition comes from hunters and farmers. According to Tomek, tanners will pay farmers SFr15 per cat: "It's not much, but it's something," she commented.

Rheumatism remedy?
The demand for cat fur – if it exists – is mainly as a remedy for rheumatism, despite the fact that specialists say its power to help is an old wives' tale.
The Federal Veterinary Office has asked tanners about their production, and does not believe the production is very large.

"It's not an interesting market. As far as we know, only a couple of dozen cat furs are produced [in Switzerland annually]," said Falk.
SOS Chats, on the other hand, maintains that tens of thousands of cats are killed every year for their fur.
Tomek said that when she pretended to be a customer looking to buy a cat skin, tanners were open with her about their procedures.
"In September, October, November and December the hunters and the people who work for the tanners go out and shoot all the feral cats or all cats which are 200 metres away from homes," she said.
Tomek believes that recent publicity has made tanners less ready to advertise this particular ware. But when she posed as a customer, she found no problem in getting quotes for cat fur blankets.

"They would tell us: 'We can make you a blanket of four or six [animals] for 360 euros'," she said.

Cross-border traffic
It may not only be Swiss cats which are affected. There have been reports of increasing numbers of cats disappearing from areas of France close to the Swiss borders. Concern has been whipped up by a number of reports on French television channels last month.

But Swiss fur traders say it would not be economical for anyone to kill a cat and transport it so far when the returns are so low.
"We have no indication that there's a new problem of cats disappearing," Falk commented. "Cats are always disappearing. People are looking for their cats, and cats are also found and we cannot find the owner of the cat."
Cat owners have a special relationship with their cats, which makes the cat-fur trade especially distressing, Tomek pointed out.
"On one side I understand that it is shocking for people who have cats that cat furs are used. From the point of animal welfare it's more important how these cats are kept, how they are slaughtered, that it is done as carefully as possible," said Falk.

swissinfo, Julia Slater

link: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/social_affairs/Cat_furs_cause_furore_in_Switzerland.html?siteSect=204&sid=8603239&cKey=1199873870000&ty=st


 

Ceci Blaugrane (563)
Wednesday April 2, 2008, 11:55 pm
The SOS Chats petition can be downloaded in English here from www.soschats.org.

Letters can be sent to:

Diplomatic representation in the US:
Ambassador Alfred Defago
2900 Cathedral Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Diplomatic representation from the US:
Ambassador J. Richard Fredericks
Jubilaeumstrasse 93, 3005 Bern Switzerland

 

Ceci Blaugrane (563)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 3:38 am
I just created a petition for the cats in Switzerland. Purrlease sign!!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/29/help-save-the-swiss-cats
 

Ceci Blaugrane (563)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 3:39 am
I just created a petition for the Swiss cats. Purrlease sign:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/29/help-save-the-swiss-cats
 

Jane E. (144)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 4:25 am
Thanks for creating the petition, I have just signed it.
 

Ceci Blaugrane (563)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 4:27 am
Thanks Jane!! ((hugs))
 

Pam F. (234)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 5:26 am
Signed.
 

Jennifer K. (20)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 7:14 am
I want to sign petition, copied it into search and could not get there from here. is there a clickable link somewhere?
 

Anne T. (287)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 8:01 am
Signed and Noted.
I'm not sure if I have done this link to petition correctly ....



 

Anne T. (287)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 8:04 am
Sorry Jennifer, the link I tried to make has not shown up on here. If you copy the address and paste it into your address bar, you should be able to reach the petition,
thank you Cissy for all your efforts.
 

Ceci Blaugrane (563)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 8:14 am
The link's not clickable here, unfortunately... But please do as Anne said, and paste the address (the url) into the address bar. That ought to get you there. :) Thanks everyone for noting and signing!!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/29/help-save-the-swiss-cats
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 8:20 am
Noted & Signed!
 

ROBIN M. (312)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 8:39 am
FINALLY FOUND IT AND SIGNED
 

Marcy M. (97)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 10:00 am
Noted and signed!
 

Jakki S. (173)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 10:50 am
tHANX Cissy! Noted and disgusted!
 

. (0)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 1:00 pm
Noted & signed
It's like Cruella de Ville..
I have to say i had not heard of this before. But well, they wouldn't hunt them if there wasn't demand for them. There are weird sorts of people..

Thank you, Cissy!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 1:02 pm
it is legal to shoot cats ??? What?
 

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Thursday April 3, 2008, 1:55 pm
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Donna Smith (43)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 2:26 pm
signed and noted
 

Donna Smith (43)
Thursday April 3, 2008, 2:27 pm
signed and noted,thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 4, 2008, 9:26 am
signed noted and still revcovering - unbelievable, but sadly true. I think we can make a difference here at least i am hopeful...
 

Estella Ameigh (22)
Friday April 4, 2008, 11:50 am
Thank You for the information. This truely shocked me - I had no idea
that any place would allow this to happen. It is so sad.
 

Ceci Blaugrane (563)
Saturday April 5, 2008, 12:46 am
Thanks everyone for noting, commenting, signing and spreading the word!! Here's the petition link once more

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/29/help-save-the-swiss-cats
 

Jennifer K. (20)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 5:55 am
it worked. signed it. Thanks for helping!
 
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