Rhode Island: Urge Your State Legislators to Protect Animals Killed for Their Fur
This action is for Rhode Island residents only.
On fur farms, animals like foxes and minks are confined to tiny wire cages for virtually their entire lives. Unable to engage in most of their natural behaviors, these animals routinely resort to self-mutilation, obsessive pacing, and infanticide. Undercover investigations on fur farms have uncovered egregious cruelty — including animals being skinned alive.
The Rhode Island legislature is considering a bill, HB 5188, that would ban the sale of new fur products in the state. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing on the bill shortly. Please help shut down the cruel fur industry by using the form below to send an email urging the passage of HB 5188.
We are grateful to Representative Pat Serpa, Robert Phillips, and Steven Lima for introducing this important legislation.
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- HB 5188 would ban the sale of new fur products with exceptions including for used fur products or fur products used in the practice of a religion
- The vast majority of fur items come from animals who are raised on fur farms in factory-like conditions. Animals, including foxes, minks, and rabbits, are typically crammed into tiny wire cages and unable to engage in most of their natural behaviors. They frequently resort to self-mutilation, obsessive pacing, and infanticide.
- To maintain the integrity of their skin and fur, animals are usually killed via suffocation, electrocution, gassing, or poisoning. Sometimes, they are bludgeoned in the head or face repeatedly. Animals are sometimes skinned alive while still conscious.
- Whenever animals are intensively confined without regard for their health or welfare, public health is endangered. Fur farms often confine thousands of animals to small barns or open-air cage systems. Sanitation is typically poor, and veterinary care is almost non-existent. As a result, these fur factory farms are breeding grounds for pathogens that can result in zoonotic diseases. Mink fur farms in the U.S. and around the globe have become hot spots for COVID-19. Minks are the only animal known to both catch the virus from people and transmit it to them.
- In 2019, California became the first state to ban the sale of new fur products. Fur bans are currently being considered in multiple state legislatures including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Hawaii.
For years, captive wild animals have suffered in the care of traveling zoo operator Robert Sawmiller. On December 9, 2020 two wolves and a Labrador named Fancy were rescued and transported to sanctuary through legal action brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund — with the assistance of local counsel named Taylor Waters, U.S. Marshals, and the Auglaize County Sheriffs Office — executed a court order, seizing three animals from infamous wild and domestic animal breeder and broker Robert Sawmiller near Wapakoneta, Ohio.December 9, 2020 Press Release
Court dismisses International Fur Trade Federation’s complaint in victory for animalsJuly 16, 2020 Press Release