November 20, 1998

Ms. Star Jones
The View
320 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Dear Ms. Jones:

I am writing to you regarding the November 16th edition of The View that included a fashion show of furs by designer Dennis Basso. I am certain you will agree that the fur used for the making of garments is beautiful. I know that I think nothing in the world is softer or more lovely to feel against your skin; however, I do prefer that soft, warm fur garment be on its original owner--the animal.

Sadly, like Mr. Basso, there are still some designers who use fur for in their lines. I was so saddened by the show that I felt compelled to write to you and encourage you to re-view the fur industry and hopefully re-consider your fashion statement.

Perhaps you were not aware of the cruelty involved in the entire fur harvesting process. I thought that if you learned more about it, you might choose to make a different statement. As such, I hope you will take just a couple brief minutes of your time to read the attached article about how fur is "farmed." After reading it, you might want to join the ranks other celebrities who have chosen to say "no to fur." They include designers Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, Giorgio Armani, Carolina Herrera, and Oleg Cassini (who have stopped using fur in their lines), as well as actors Alec Baldwin, Kim Bassinger, musician Paul McCartney, and models Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, and Cindy Crawford (who no longer work with or wear fur).

In addition to "farmed" fur, animals are also trapped for their fur. Often the wrong animals are trapped, suffer and die as throwaways (a "by-product" of a greedy industry). Even when the correct fur-bearing animal is trapped, it may take hours, days or weeks for the trapper to return to collect his "prize." By that time, the animal may have chewed off its own trapped limb to free itself (dying elsewhere from infection or blood loss--its life lost without even a garment to make the killing profitable). The animal may have suffered a lingering death in the trap from blood loss, infection or starvation, or just as bad, attacked by one of its predators.

These reasons turn-off educated consumers to fur fashions. Up until now, perhaps you have not known the facts about fur "farming" and trapping, which means you could not be held accountable for the pain and suffering of these animals. But, now you do know.

I thank you for taking the time to read my letter and this article. I hope you find it informative and decide to choose compassion over fashion and alleviate the suffering and tragedy that fills these small creatures' short lives by not wearing or endorsing fashions which utilize fur.

Sharing my VIEW,

Leigh-Anne Dennison


November 20, 1998

Meredith Vieira
Debbie Matenopoulos
and Joy Behar
The View
320 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Dear Ladies:

I was saddened by The View's November 16th edition, which included a fashion show of furs by designer Dennis Basso. But was cheered by the three of you for opting not to participate in the show. Further, based on your comments afterwards, you all stood up for the animals

Primary factors in putting an end to the pain and suffering these small animals endure as "natural resources" for the fur industry is education and people not afraid to speak out against the inhumanity of an industry that should by now (with all our technological advances) be extinct.

Anyway, I just wanted to send you a note of thanks.

Sharing My Own View,

Leigh-Anne Dennison



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