Suspected Illegal Fur Sales in Beverly Hills: PETA Files Formal Complaint Against David Appel Furs

Today, without a PETA staff member tried on what David Appel Furs owner David Appel told her was a newly made fur stratify that he tried to sell to her—one of several new coats for sale in his Beverly Hills store despite a statewide fur ban—PETA sent reports to Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Kimberly Abourezk and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Chief David Bess urging them to investigate the store and seek towardly penalties for every new fur item sold there.

“Californians are overwhelmingly versus the unforgiving practices involved in killing wild and domesticated animals for fur,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “The animals can’t be brought back, but if David Appel Furs is flouting California’s ban on selling new fur, PETA wants municipality and state authorities to hold it rightly accountable.”

Animals used in the fur industry spend their unshortened lives inside cramped cages—where they frantically pace when and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves—before they’re electrocuted, bludgeoned, gassed, or plane skinned alive. Other animals are unprotected in steel traps, which slam shut on their legs and often cut lanugo to the bone, causing excruciating pain and thoroughbred loss.

Hundreds of major companies and brands—including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Versace—have stopped selling fur. Only a few holdouts remain.

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