Harrods, the last department store selling fur
Harrods is now the only department store in the UK which continues to sell real fur, even though the production of fur is illegal in the UK.
Although it is disappointing that Harrods is selling fur, it is also encouraging that every single one of the hundreds of other department stores in the country now has a fur-free policy, a testament to the many years of successful campaigning by CAFT and other anti-fur campaign groups and individuals.
Nevertheless we are not being complacent and are continuing to campaign to put pressure on Harrods to join all of its rival stores and stop supporting the bloody fur trade.
Harrods' store in Knightsbridge is Europe's largest department store. The last survey at Harrods revealed a wide range of real fur garments on sale on display throughout the store, and included items made from beaver, chinchilla, red fox, arctic fox, mink, musquash, rabbit, wolf, coyote and squirrel.
Harrods protests take place usually every Saturday, as well as special occasions such as sale openings and other events at the store, see below for protest reports. If you are interested in taking part in the protests email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harrods bought by Qataris
Please contact Harrods' new owners at the address below.
Harrods is now owned by Qatar Holding, a company set up by and operated on behalf of the Qatari Royal Family, which rules the small, but oil rich Gulf Arab state of Qatar. The Chairman of Qatar Holding is also the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, his cousin is the Emir or King of Qatar.
We are hoping that the new owners will take the compassionate step of stopping the sale of fur in Harrods once and for all, and that is where you can help us.
Please contact Qatar Holding and the Qatar Government explaining the campaign and why they should stop selling fur in Harrods. Explain the horrors of the fur trade, and also send info and links to anti-fur websites, films etc.
Each letter should be individual, but some points you may want to include
* Harrods is the only UK department store to sell fur, every one of the hundreds of other department stores in the UK has a fur free policy, including all of Harrods' rivals such as Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.
* The production of fur is illegal in the UK on ethical grounds. The farming of animals for fur was outlawed in 2001, and the leghold trap has been illegal for over 50 years.
* Over 80% of the UK population is opposed to the fur trade, and a ban on the sale of fur in Harrods would be very popular.
Please keep all communications polite and informative and please copy us in (email@example.com) and send any replies to us.
Qatar Embassy in London
Write FAO: His Excellency Sheikh. Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani. Prime Minister of Qatar.
Address: 1 South Audley Street, London W1K 1NB.
Tel: (+44-20) 7493 2200
Fax: (+44-207) 4932819, 4932661
Write FAO: H.E. Sheikh. Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani. Chair of Qatar Holding, Prime Minister of Qatar.
You could also contact the Qatar Embassy in your own country. Where to find the Qatar embassy in your country: http://qa.embassyinformation.com/?einfo
Some links to earlier protests
Week-long protest staged at Harrods in bid to ban fur at Harrods News report from 2006 Christmas anti-fur week