Abolish the Fur Trade

Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT) is a new national campaign to fight the fur trade and give it that one last kick that it needs to get rid of it for good in Britain. Since the mid-1980s the fur trade has been decimated by grass-roots campaigning and direct action, resulting in just a handful of farms and shops involved in this disgusting trade still being around. Over the past 7 years in particular, daily pickets of fur shops (including those in Manchester and Wilmslow) have seen these dealers in death closing rapidly, and although these pickets continue in London, elsewhere the shops are usually allowed to carry on with business as usual. With the odd exception, farms rearing animals for their fur have been left untouched. The new Labour Government have promised not to issue new licences for mink farms meaning that the 10 remaining mink farms will be forced to close when their licenses run out. But that won't stop fox or chinchilla farming, so pressure needs to continue here. There are 3 mink farms in Preston and one near Stoke (a campaign is already running against the latter).

Over the past 18 months activists worldwide have targeted the fur trade on a scale never seen before and that, along with the fur trade's attempts to increase its trade in Britain, has further encouraged us to rid Britain of its fur trade. There is virtually nothing left of the trade in Britain compared to other countries (the US has 450 fur farms), so let's be the first country to end it completely, forever.

If you would like to know more about CAFT and want to help with the campaign please send a large SAE to Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade PO Box 38, Manchester, M60 1NX. We will be printing leaflets soon as well as posters when we have the money. Any donations towards getting the campaign off the ground will of course be gratefully received. Contact us for details of demos against fur farms and shops. We hope to have a national anti-fur demo at some point in the future at which will end up or go past some fur trade business (possibly a farm). Watch this space...

Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (07939 264 864, caft@caft.org.uk)