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Please help chinchillas horribly tortured for fur: petition, sample letter

November 1, 2011
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IMAGE | WEEAC

BACKGROUND | FROM WEEAC

Animals raised for their fur suffer from the time they’re little until the day they are killed.

Inside the breeder rooms, the farmer looked for babies to take away from their mothers. The babies squealed and squealed as he grabbed them and carried them by their tails to the “grower room.” Their mothers were distressed, too; one climbed and pressed against the front of her cage, frantically trying to reach her baby. My partner asked the farmer if the mothers got upset when he took their babies away. “I don’t ask them their opinion,” he said.

At feeding time, the farmer walked down the rows of cages checking if the chinchillas were dead or alive. Many were asleep, since they are nocturnal animals, but the farmer banged on cages to make them move. One chinchilla didn’t move. His hindquarters looked wasted away, completely denuded of fur. The farmer had already told us that his profit margins didn’t factor in veterinary care. He tossed the body onto the festering trash heap he called “Mount Chinchilla.”

Animals who had chewed at their fur (a sign of stress), making them unsuitable for pelting, were housed on a lower rack—”death row”—so that the farmer could scoot alongside the cages in an office chair, killing one after another without exerting himself. He kills these “trash” animals by breaking their necks.

We watched him thrust his arm into a cage, corner the frantic chinchilla inside, and pull him out by his tail. Grasping the chinchilla’s head and jaw, he arched the neck awkwardly backwards. The chinchilla squealed. The farmer then pulled sharply on the animal’s tail, breaking his neck. He tossed the jerking chinchilla to the floor, where the animal writhed in continuous spasms. We asked if he was ever bothered by the killings. “I don’t feel anything,” he replied, and moments later, added, “I could do this all day.”

Other chinchillas are electrocuted so that they won’t thrash around and ruin their coats. Carrying a chinchilla by her tail, the farmer pulled a rusty wire apparatus from a drawer, dipped the sharp clamps into a jar of water, and attached one clamp to the chinchilla’s metal ear tag and the other to her foot. He plugged the device into a wall socket and dropped the chinchilla to the counter. The surge of electricity stiffened her. Her tail stuck straight out, her chest heaved, and a minute later, a yellow trickle ran down the counter—she had lost control of her bladder.

Performed this way, electrocution sends a current through the heart and immobilizes the animal, but it does not stop brain activity. The chinchillas suffer the pain of a full-blown heart attack until their hearts finally stop beating. The farmer admitted that he had been told by a veterinarian to stun the chinchillas first. But he said he didn’t see why stunning them and then electrocuting them would be any different from just electrocuting them, so he doesn’t do it.

After unplugging the device, the farmer clipped the chinchilla’s arms and legs to a pelting board in a spread-eagled position. Slitting her open, he cut her face away from her skull and cut her hands off. Working her pelt away from her body, he pulled her arms out of her skin, which turned inside out like socks. Saying, “She doesn’t need these anymore,” he took scissors and cut off her whiskers, then her ears. Her tail and feet soon followed; they were dumped, along with her naked, skinned body, into a garbage bucket, like so much trash.


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PETITION

Please click on and sign Brazil’s shame:

World’s biggest chinchilla killer for the fur trade


WHOM TO CONTACT

To Mrs. Rebecca Garcia, appointed by the brazilian Congress to evaluate PL-05956/2009

Email Link, click on http://www2.camara.gov.br/participe/fale-conosco/fale-com-o-deputado

  • Você deseja: You want to | Solicitar: Request
  • Campos obrigatórios: Required fields
  • Destinatário(s) da mensagem: Recipient of the message – Select REBECCA GARCIA, in the R’s
  • Nome: Name
  • E-mail: E-mail
  • UF: State (if not applicable, pick any)
  • Mensagem: Message
  • Código de Segurança: Security code
  • Enviar: Send
  • A Câmara dos Deputados agradece sua manifestação: The Chamber thanks you for your submission.


To Mr. Tripoli, author of PL PL-05956/2009

Email Link to Mr. Tripoli, click on: http://www2.camara.gov.br/participe/fale-conosco/ouvidoria

  • Fale com a Ouvidoria: Contact the ombudsman
  • Nome: Name
  • Fale com a Ouvidoria: Message
  • Como você quer receber a resposta? How do you want to receive the answer? | Por e-mail: By e-mail | Por carta: By letter | Por auto-consulta na internet: For self-inquiry on the internet
  • Sexo: Gender
  • Faixa Etária: Age
  • UF: State
  • Código de Segurança: Security Code
  • Enviar: Send
  • Informação, Mensagem inserida com sucesso. Protocolo: 3377102584686: Information, Post submitted successfully. Reference number: 3377102584686.



SAMPLE LETTER COURTESY WEEAC

Dear Representative Garcia | Dear Mr. Tripoli,

It has come to my attention that Deputy Rebecca Garcia has been appointed, by the Brazilian Congress, to evaluate the Bill that was introduced to BAN fur farming of chinchillas in Brazil. This Bill, presented in 2009 By Deputy Tripoli, if approved, will completely BAN the breeding and killing of chinchillas (Chincilla lanigera) in every state of your country.

I am writing this letter to inform you that I, along with many citizens from Brazil, as well as millions of people around the world, expect you to take a stand against this cruelty. By voting  against this practice and forbidding it, by means of a federal law, would make it Illegal for any person or group to maintain such a business that is unacceptable to the vast majority of decent people worldwide.

At this very moment we are in the process of collecting signatures from people all around the world. Against chinchilla Fur Farming in Brazil:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/brazils-shame-worlds-biggest-chinchilla-killer-for-the-fur-trade/

The Brazilian Constitution, on its article 225, parágrafo 1o, inciso VII, clearly defines as an attribution of the Brazilian State, to expressly prohibit animal cruelty. Therefore, I believe it is reasonable to demand the BAN on such horrific cruelty, as is done in the breeding and killing of these animals.

They are bred in small filthy cages their entire lives only to face a cruel and painful death, all for the sake of profit for a few, on a totally non-essential item such as “fashion” that goes to a few rich and narrow-minded customers. The following footage, made in Michigan of the United States, clearly shows the horrific methods used by breeders, such as suffocation, breaking their necks, or anal electrocution.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX_VkgVsUyc

Babies squeal as they are snatched away from their mothers by their tails and brought to a “grower room” where they are confined to a tiny cage. Mothers try frantically to reach their babies who were just stolen.

Killing via the electrocution method: the farmer pulls a rusty wire apparatus from a drawer, dips the sharp clamps into a jar of water, and attaches one clamp to the chinchilla’s metal ear tag and the other to her foot. He plugs the device into a wall socket and drops the chinchilla to the counter. The surge of electricity causes the chinchilla to stiffen, her tail stuck straight out, her chest heaved, and a minute later, a yellow trickle ran down the counter—as she had lost control of her bladder.

Following this barbaric procedure, the farmer clips the chinchilla’s arms and legs to a pelting board in a spread-eagled position. Slitting her open, he cuts her face away from her skull and cuts her hands off. Working her pelt away from her body, he pulls her arms out of her skin, which turn inside out like socks. Then with a scissors, cuts off her whiskers, her ears, her tail, and then also the feet; all are dumped, along with her naked, skinned body, into a garbage bucket, like so much trash.

The Brazilian people have asked for our help and support, to put an END to this brutal industry, which we have every intention of following through until we see that it has ended.

So I ask that you please consider your decision carefully. For the decision you make will affect you directly via the impact it will have on your personal political career. And it also will bring serious consequences _ either favorable or negative _ to Brazilian tourism, as we will not hesitate to boycott your country, over all, as well as the incoming international events on Brazil soil: Copa do Mundo and Olympic Games.

We already have Brazil targeted for its insane position in relation to the non-preservation of the Amazon Forest and its commitment to deny international claims against Belo Monte, of which, we have a petition going on that as well.

Please do not disappoint us, as we certainly do not wish to be forced to retaliate.

Thank you for taking the time to read this urgent appeal.

Sincerely,





the little chinchilla
soft and furry
wants to live
his or her life
not in a hurry
but fur farms
rob these innocents
of the life they
so cherish
and in agony
and horror
these innocents,
perish:(

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2011 5:47 pm

    the little chinchilla
    soft and furry
    wants to live
    his or her life
    not in a hurry
    but fur farms
    rob these innocents
    of the life they
    so cherish
    and in agony
    and horror
    these innocents,
    perish:(

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  2. linda badham permalink
    November 2, 2011 5:43 am

    GREED IS WHAT GOVERNS COUNTRIES AND TO BREED AND KILL ANIMALS TO TAKE THE FUR OFF THEM IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE WILL FIGHT FOR THEM UNTIL IT STOPS ! IF THE COUNTRIES THIS HAPPENS IN DOES NOT STOP THIS EVIL BUISNESS THEN THE CREATOR OF ALL LIFE WILL STOP IT I HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT !

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  3. Bibi B. permalink
    November 2, 2011 12:19 pm

    Sent! xoxo

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  4. November 3, 2011 8:32 pm

    May the people who do these acts (and have no souls) rot and burn in hell. I am aware about of what happens on fur farms but reading the details always puts a major lump in my throat and my heart cries for those we cannot save. RIP ❤ I just wish more people would wake up and find compassion and stop buying it. Some people are so deranged and insane that the world would be better off without them.

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  5. allie huff permalink
    January 24, 2012 11:04 pm

    I have 4 chinchillas at home. two of them are rescues. reading this made me bawl my eyes out. I love my “chillas” so much they are like children to me. I raised them from babies, tamed them, loved them, suffered broken legs and runaways. this really hit home. I just wish I knew where to sign so I can help stop this…..

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  6. June 13, 2015 9:32 pm

    Very nice article. I absolutely love this site.
    Thanks!

    Like

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