#SaveKimi Campaign: Calling on Burberry to end its use of real fur
FOUR PAWS protesting in Finland to #savekimi
FOUR PAWS campaigners from Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, the UK and Finland took part in a peaceful protest today in front of the Finnish fur farm which is home to Kimi. After being informed about Kimi’s exact whereabouts, the international animal welfare organisation worked full speed to organise the protest. Although FOUR PAWS was prepared to take Kimi and his sibling immediately and bring the animals to a Finnish sanctuary, the fur farmer unfortunately refused any discussions with the campaigners.
Only Burberry can #savekimi now
Since the fur farmer refused to hold any discussions with FOUR PAWS, we now demand Burberry to save Kimi. Our protest action in Finland is mainly addressed to Burberry, which now has the power to change Kimi's fate and rescue him. The British fashion label has all the necessary contacts and influence in Finland to free Kimi.
FOUR PAWS official statement about #savekimi campaign
Dear Kimi supporters,
In the past few days, there has been some confusion regarding supposed information about the address of Kimi's farm. After getting in contact with the Finnish organisation that shared this info, we would like to let you know that this address does not belong to the farm where Kimi is living. We all know that a rescue is difficult but please trust that we are doing everything we can to find a good solution for Kimi's future. Please also understand that we can not publish any further details about our efforts right now.
We have received news that Kimi and his friends are still currently alive. Kimi and his sister Annie are – thanks to the mild temperatures – still alive. This gives us the hope to continue our fight against Burberry.
Kimi represents the millions of fur animals losing their lives for the fashion industry. Therefore, we’ll continue to increase pressure on fashion companies, such as Burberry, to convince them to become fur free and save the lives of millions of animals. A good example of fur free fashion is the Danish fashion group “Bestseller” with its brands Vero Moda, Only and Jack & Jones, which have become part of the Fur Free Alliance.
Day 0 of #savekimi campaign
Kimi is real. Kimi is one of millions of fur-bearing animals in the same situation. Getting Kimi to tell you about his life, writing a diary, is a way of making the public face the cruel reality of the fur industry. But engaging in this initiative is as hard for us as it is for you. Our team worked day and night to fulfil the vision you share with us: a vision that the people responsible for companies such as Burberry might wake up, might put aside their ignorant and profit-driven blindness and allow themselves to think, to reflect and initiate change. Change within the fashion industry, which simply does not need to cause this cruel treatment of millions of animals. And we continue to believe in this vision.
Publishing what you are reading now does not ultimately mean Kimi will be killed today or is already dead. But the end of his countdown marks the start of the killing season for foxes in Finland, which is conducted year in, year out. A brutal act bringing a long period of torture to an end. And while we have not given up our hope, we need you to take our shared vision to the world.
Our vision is that Kimi’s last wish is told to as many people as possible, that Kimi’s story is heard.
Read Kimi's fare well letter...
Dear Human Being,
Facing death is a horrible, unbearable thing. But it is even more difficult when you weren’t even allowed to enjoy what life you had. Never in my whole life have I been able to feel grass under my paws, jump over tree trunks, dig and hide in a den, smell and breathe the forest, run or chase. For the entire eight months of my life, I have been shut up in a tiny wire mesh cage, hardly able to run, exposed to the smell of wee and poo, hearing my friends howling and whining, my eyes hurting. In the cage next to me, some other foxes ate their siblings. It must be difficult for you to read this, but my life has been pure cruelty.
You! You who did care, you who heard and read about me, showing interest in my fate.
You who tried so many things to persuade the CEO of Burberry, Christopher Bailey, to just take a few moments to reflect .. to think about me in my situation .. to convince him to just make one single decision – one decision which could make all the difference for me and thousands of my friends – the decision to make Burberry fur free …
You gave me hope. Hope that Burberry and other companies like them will stop abusing us!
But obviously there are many people out there who still buy products using our fur. The pelts of millions of animals worldwide. Why can’t they just stop? Do they still not know, not think about what they buy?
They’re here … Yes, now they’re here.
I just wish I’d had a chance to enjoy my life, but I didn’t. While writing these lines – nervous but still with hope – I know that soon, when they come closer, I will hear my friends howling and screaming. Loud, fierce shrieks. I understand that my end is near.
I know that soon I will panic and scream. I don’t understand all those who ignored my existence … because I just don’t understand WHY I must die to satisfy the needless desires of the fashion industry.
And while I am still writing these final lines, thinking about all of you who will read this, who dedicated time and energy, heart and soul in trying to make me heard, I have one remaining wish:
I wish that this brutal torture millions like me are facing every year stops. Stops once and for all.
Don’t forget me and my story. Tell everyone you know about it to make my wish come true.
With love to those who care
With hope for those who don’t want to change
Official statement of FOUR PAWS about #savekimi campaign
We receive hundreds of inquiries about the status quo of our #savekimi campaign daily. Read our official statement stating whether Burberry has already responded to our demands and our offer to redeem Kimi and his friends.
#savekimi protest in front of Burberry in London
#savekimi supporters and FOUR PAWS employees have met in front of Burberry's in Covent Garden, London, to show their support with the white fox Kimi and all his fellow animals being killed for fashion. Watch the video about our protest now:
Watch the latest video about our #savekimi campaign! Kimi's future is more uncertain than the future of other children!
#savekimi: Animal lovers want to buy Kimi
Kimi, a real fox and face of FOUR PAWS' new anti-fur campaign #savekimi, is moving people. The public’s concern is generating strong reactions, particularly in social media. Meanwhile, supporters of Kimi are sending a powerful message by offering to pay Burberry for Kimi’s freedom. To this end, FOUR PAWS has set up a trust fund to coordinate the reactions of the angered #savekimi-community.
Plesae help us #savekimi: www.four-paws.org/savekimi
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#savekimi boom on the internet
Over 25,000 Facebook users are now following the young white fox’s diary about the cruel treatment and horrendous conditions he experiences day-to-day on a fur farm in Finland. More than 150,000 protest emails have already been sent to the British clothing label Burberry, which sources fox fur from farms in Finland, and thus bears the responsibility for killing Kimi and his fellow foxes. The public concerns has even caused a stir on the official Burberry fanpage on Facebook.
Thomas Pietsch, FOUR PAWS campaigns coordinator is overwhelmed by the public support for #savekimi: “The public reaction has been just great. We’re supporting this private initiative by operating as a contact point, and by offering the collected donations to Burberry – to buy Kimi and the other foxes. We’re making them an offer they can’t refuse, as Kimi alive will bring them more profit than they’ll make from the fur collar they want to make out of him.”
FOUR PAWS will provide a new home for Kimi
If Burberry consents to it, FOUR PAWS will provide a new, species-appropriate home for the foxes.
No donations for FOUR PAWS
FOUR PAWS wishes to make clear that donations are not for the organisation, and that if Burberry rejects the offer, FOUR PAWS will refund all payments to Kimi’s supporters individually.
Plesae help us #savekimi: www.four-paws.org/savekimi
Burberry’s response to #savekimi campaign
FOUR PAWS informed Burberry at the beginning of the #savekimi campaign about the animal welfare abuses and cruelty taking place on Finnish fur farms. We also informed them about Kimi’s fate, offering to have a conversation with Burberry’s Managing Director.
We now have Burberry’s reply: The fashion label clearly states that they will not stop using fur. They are also not interested in discussing the matter with FOUR PAWS. As such, Burberry accepts the death of Kimi and remains jointly responsible for the deaths of thousands of fur animals this autumn.
This answer is unacceptable to us! Help FOUR PAWS to give Kimi and his kind a voice:
Below you find the original correspondence between FOUR PAWS and Burberry:
As a company still using fur in its fashion collections, UK company Burberry finds itself the target of FOUR PAWS' latest campaign to end this cruel industry. FOUR PAWS want to, fittingly enough, grab Burberry by their fur collar and get them to change.
Therefore, FOUR PAWS is being assisted by an adorable little white fox cub named Kimi, who lives on a fur farm in Finland and will tell his very own story via Facebook and Instagram, hoping for people to follow his diary and find out what life is really like for him and the many other animals being cruelly exploited for fashion.
Kimi tells his very own diary on Facebook & Instagram
On his own Facebook page, Kimi gives us a glimpse the life he and his fellow foxes lead. Thomas Pietsch of FOUR PAWS said: “Kimi is the beating heart of our campaign. He represents the 100 million animals killed for fashion every year around the world. The little fox lets us put a face to the living being behind the fur collar.”
Help to #savekimi
On Facebook.com/BeFurFree and instagram.com/savekimi, Kimi posts photos and videos of his life on the farm, tells about the experiences of him and his fellow foxes, clears up a few things about “fair fur animal husbandry”, and confronts humans with the uncomfortable question, “Why?”
Help give Kimi a loud voice: