Dear JoAnn Fabrics: Pets NOT Pelts!

Yesterday, BNN Editor Chandra Beal wrote about companies and products that have been certified as cruelty-free through the Leaping Bunny program.  

By coincidence, I was looking at Marin County’s SaveABunny Web site yesterday and learned that JoAnn Fabrics is selling rabbit skins for $3.99 on their Web site.    

The item is described as, “Beautiful snow-white rabbit skin for all sorts of craft & home decor projects.” There is one “14”x10” rabbit skin per pack.    

I am horrified that a store that probably makes a tidy profit by selling Easter merchandise (their Web site lists 186 rabbit-themed items) would literally sell the Easter bunny down the river this way.  

JoAnn Fabrics encourages manufacturers to raise rabbits for their fur by offering a marketplace for this awful product.  

$3.99 rabbit skin at JoAnnFabrics.com

 

Shame on you, JoAnn Fabrics!  

Please send a polite communication (email, letter, or phone call) to JoAnn Fabrics and let them know that it’s not OK to sell rabbit skins – or the skins of any animal that is a beloved family companion/pet.   

Contact information:
1-888-739-4120 (M-F 9am -8pm; Sat 9am-6pm ET)   

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
5555 Darrow Road
Hudson, Ohio 44236   

Use this online form to send an email.

14 thoughts on “Dear JoAnn Fabrics: Pets NOT Pelts!

  1. I just posted the below to their web form. Please feel free to make use of the contents!

    -Kasey

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    To Whom It May Concern,

    I am a loyal JoAnn’s customer, but also a pet owner – with four beloved rabbits that I adopted at a no-kill animal shelter.

    I have to say, as much as I love shopping at your store, I will never again spend money at your establishment until you cease selling and offering a marketplace for rabbit fur.

    I am particularly horrified that a store that sells an abundance of Easter merchandise (your website lists 186 rabbit-themed items) would literally sell the Easter bunny down the river this way.

    I hope that this situation can be rectified, so I can once again feel comfortable shopping in your store.

  2. Elizabeth

    I’ve written to Jo-Anne’s and told them I will no longer shop there until they stop murdering bunnies for a mear $3.99. I’ve posted the link to this page on my Facebook account and will do MySpace also. And I’ve sent to friends asking them to pass it on.
    Not liking Jo-Anne’s Fabrics today!!!

  3. T S

    We purchase our materials almost exclusively from JoAnn fabrics but that has stopped until they stop selling rabbit pelts. We have advised both our employees and the local clubs to boycott JoAnns until they change their policy of selling fur.
    TS

  4. cdrudy

    I’m curious as to why you added “a beloved family companion/pet.” as a qualifier to your argument for why Jo-Ann’s shouldn’t sell rabbit skins. Rabbits, (and this coming from a proud owner of more then a few as pets) are not only a common household pet, but fairly popular meat product as well. Are you advocating that rabbits shouldn’t be sold for meat too? While I don’t pretend to know where Jo-Ann’s supplier’s pelts are coming from, I also would be happy to know that, in our wasteful society, if animals destined for meat also found re-use through the sale of the pelt, how is that in itself, a bad thing?

    Now I understand if you’d like to have a discussion revolving around animal pelt sale in general, livestock treatment and ethics, and so on, but it strikes me that, to boycott Jo-Ann or any company, for selling “beloved family companion/pet”, is inaccurate and ignoring the larger industry.

  5. Hello Tamara:

    I wanted to take a moment to let you know that your blog post about the Leather Factory rabbit fur product carried by Jo-Ann was shared with the head of our craft merchandise team.

    He took time to review the feedback of those who took the time to write or call to express their opinion about it, while investigating the options available to us regarding the removal of this product.

    The rabbit fur product you referenced has been removed from Joann.com. Please know that we listen to and appreciate customer feedback, including blog posts such as yours, as it helps us make informed decisions about the needs and interests of our customers (and potential customers).

    Thank you.

  6. Ellen

    Yay!! they listened to us!!

    From Facebook:

    “Thank you again for sharing your thoughts regarding the Leather Factory rabbit fur product carried by Jo-Ann. The head of our craft merchandise team read and considered the requests of those who took the time to write or call, while also investigating the options available to us regarding the removal of this product. As of today, the rabbit fur product has been removed from Joann.com. Please know that we listen to and appreciate your feedback as it helps us make informed decisions about our customers’ needs and interests.

    Thank you!
    Leigh-Anne at Jo-Ann”

  7. Petra

    I think Joann’s is just trying to put on the right PR face. A new JoAnn store just opened in my city and I was very excited since I’ve quit shopping Hobby Lobby since they sell rabbit pelts. Right on the jewelry/crafts aisle were the pelts of what must have once been the most gorgeous agouti colored rabbits. Notice they said they removed them from Joann.com. Seems they didn’t bother to remove them from the stores.

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