December 31, 2010
Winners Continues to Sell Dog Fur After Promising Customers that they Don’t Sell Dog or Cat Fur
The VADL (Vancouver Animal Defense League) has had two victories this winter: Aritzia has officially stopped selling fur, and so has the Robson location of Bang-On (other Bang-On locations will hopefully soon follow suit). The VADL and many other concerned B.C. citizens are now in dialogue with Winners to encourage the corp. to go fur-free.
Winners sells fur from many different species of animals like rabbits, raccoon dogs, mink and foxes, raised on fur farms in several different countries including Canada, Greece, Finland and China.
When contacting Winners in the past regarding their sale of fur they have stated “as long as it is in style, we will continue to
sell out sell it.”
When a concerned customer contacted them in regards to a raccoon dog trimmed jacket they were sold, the customer was specifically told by Winners staff that it is FAKE FUR.
Here is Winners’ official response:
Thank you for your email. We appreciate the time you have taken to contact
us and have taken your comments very seriously. Your voice does count, and
we will continue to evaluate the sale of fur in our stores.
As a retailer, our goal is to provide our customers with the widest
selection of merchandise, while providing the best quality and value.
Therefore, as a retailer with a diverse clientele, we make every attempt to
understand and satisfy the needs and concerns of all of our customers.
Please be assured WMI does not condone the unethical treatment of any
animal. Our buyers only purchase fur products from reputable manufacturers
in the industry. We have very tight systems in place to ensure that we do
not purchase or sell any merchandise containing dog or cat fur. Whenever
possible, our buyers purchase domestically produced goods, where it is
illegal to use dog or cat fur and any new purchases require manufacturers’
documentation that no dog or cat fur is involved.
Our Buyers travel to China periodically throughout the year and tour many
of the factories, however we have Agents who live there that we pay to
protect our interests and to ensure our vendors are abiding by our
agreements. Be assured we have all of our Vendors sign an agreement that
indicates no fur from endangered species, dog, cat, racoon dog, asiatic
racoon, etc… will be a part of any product offered to, shipped to or
sold to our Organization by them or their affiliates.
We hope this information answers your concerns. If you have any other
inquiries, please feel free to contact our toll free Customer Service line
at: 1800-646-9466 in order to speak to one of our representatives.
Winners has now stated that they do not sell ASIATIC RACCOON. The problem is that we were in Winners on December 23rd, 2010 and found a whole rack of winter jackets with raccoon dog trim labeled as ASIATIC RACCOON.
Please email Winners staff that they need to come clean about selling fur:
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As for Winners touring Chinese factories and fur farms?
The VADL contacted the manufacturer Soia and Kyo whose fur trimmed jackets are for sale in Winners right now. They told us that Winners has not ever inspected any of their factories, let alone a fur farm, as they are an independent manufacturer. So Winners has NO IDEA where they source their fur from, or how the animals are treated.