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June 29, 2011

From Action For Our Planet

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1. Urge online retailer, Porta Gadgets, to ditch exotic skins

2. Nauticalia – Stop selling cat fur models

1. Background | Porta Gadgets

Millions of reptiles including turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators and crocodiles are slaughtered every year using cruel and outdated methods. Reptiles can be nailed to trees, stabbed to death, skinned alive, bludgeoned and smashed over the head with a hammer and chisel before being cut open. These animals are victims of the exotic skins trade, a thriving industry in parts of South-East Asia, Africa, Australia and India. One such retailer of exotic skins is Porta Gadgets which lists watches made from python, alligator and lizard. The company may not be aware of the cruelty involved in exotic skins, so please let them know how reptiles are slaughtered for their skins.

Sample message text:

Dear Porta Gadgets,

It has come to my attention that a selection of items featured on your website are made from exotic skins. The items I am referring to are watch straps made from alligator, lizard and python. Reptiles are slaughtered using inhumane and outdated methods which include: nailing snakes to trees and skinning them alive, hammering a chisel into the head of alligators and bludgeoning lizards to death. While you may not be aware of the cruelty involved in the exotic skins industry I am asking that you research the issue further and stop selling all watches with exotic skin straps.

Thank you for your time.

Related | Joaquin Phoenix Reveals Exotic-Skins Horrors

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2. Background | Nauticalia

U.K based gift company Nauticalia sells a number of different model cats, known as Ship’s Cats which are supposedly made with rabbit fur. However, the fur on these cats appears to be real cat fur. On the Nauticalia website they state the ‘models are surprisingly lifelike’. Is it possible that they are so ‘lifelike’ because they are made from real cat fur?

Sample message text:

Dear Nauticalia,

According to the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT), your company has stated that Ships Cat’s are made from rabbit fur deriving from China. However, many fur pelts and fur items derived from China are often mislabelled dog or cat fur. I believe that the Ships Cats you sell are real cat fur, as you have said yourself the ‘models are surprisingly lifelike’. Nauticalia has been aware of the fur issue for a number of years yet still continues to sell the Ships Cats. I am asking that you discontinue selling these products immediately in order to put an end to animal suffering whether these animals be rabbit or cat.

Thank you for your time.

See more from CAFT

Related, from FUR | SKIN:

Fur-Free Retailers, Designers, and Brands

To view only Fur-Free, Vegan retailers in list/country form, please click Fur-Free Retailers | Vegan Retailers

Whom Do I Contact for More Information about the Fur Free Retailer Program in My Country?

PDF List of Fur-Free Retailers

Leather and Fur Alternatives

Dressing Cruelty Free: Vegan Companies

Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing- Quick Reference Guide

fur belongs on whom it was born

not by the vain and frivolous,


Karen Lyons Kalmenson

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Coleen Darni permalink
    June 29, 2011 12:23 pm

    Please begin doing business with ethical eyes and become an example of compassion. Using the fur or skin from an animal that has been murdered is unacceptable, barbaric and will eventually lead to your image being one of cruelty.


    July 3, 2011 9:35 am



  3. July 18, 2011 6:01 pm

    Thank you very much Stacey, doing and sharing. I wear my own skin, the others can do the same!


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