June 25, 1998

Malcolm Sherman, CEO
Ecko Group Inc.
98 Spit Brook Rd., Suite 102
Nashua, NH 03062

Re: Ecko's Woodstream Division - Victor Leghold Trap

Dear Mr. Sherman:

I have been using your company's kitchen and bakeware supplies for at least 14 years. I have been using Baker's Secret and Ecko's cookware since I began cooking in my early teens (I am now 28). Cookie sheets are probably my most frequently purchased/used Ecko product. And, my mother has long been a fan of Farberware. When she remarried in 1991 after having been a single mother for 7 years, one of her most treasured (and I suspect well-used) wedding gifts was a complete set of Farberware pots and pans.

As you can see, I am no stranger to your high quality products. That is why it shocked and saddened me when I learned that your Woodstream Division produces a leghold trap. You may not be aware, Mr. Sherman, that the leghold trap is the most inhumane and painful way in which to trap an animal.

You see, when an animal steps on the leghold trap spring, the trap's sharp jaws slam on the animal's limb. The captured animal will struggle to get loose, mutilating the foot and causing deep, painful lacerations. Or the animal will attempt escape by chewing or twisting off the trapped extremity. The figures I have seen estimate that up to one out of every four trapped animals escapes by chewing off his or her own foot.

If not retrieved by the trapper, the animal languishes in pain for hours or days. After a prolonged time, trapped animals will suffer from exhaustion (since they expend such a great amount of energy in attempting to escape). With exhaustion, the animal suffers from exposure, frostbite, shock, starvation and eventually death.

You also may not be aware, that for these very reasons, the leghold trap has been banned in 63 countries, as well as in Florida, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Arizona.

In conclusion, let me request that you take whatever steps you can as CEO to put an end to Ecko's production of the leghold trap. Until such time as Ecko stops making these traps, I am afraid you have lost at least one loyal user--even if it means burnt cookies. I will be cleaning my cupboards of any and all Ecko products and shall refrain from purchasing any new ones until I learn that Ecko has ceased production of these traps. I shall also encourage my friends and family to do likewise. That, Mr. Sherman, is how strongly I feel about this issue.

I thank you for your time and hope you will consider my request. Please demonstrate that your company has a heart and a conscience; do what you can to put an end to needless pain and suffering.

Thank you again,
Leigh-Anne Dennison


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