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The Symbols for Fur

March 01, 1987

I was dismayed that you ran "Montreal a Haven for Fur" Feb. 1, an article singing the praises of Montreal's furriers. "Montreal a Hell for Animals" is a more apt title. Every year millions of animals are poisoned, gassed or electrocuted for their skins. These are the lucky ones. Fifteen to 30 million others slowly die in the jaws of steel leg-hold traps. Many chew off their paws in vain attempts to escape the pain of these torturous devices. The article upholds the myth that fur coats are symbols of status and luxury. The truth is, furs represent misery, suffering and death for millions of animals.

STEPHANY HURTIK

San Diego

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