Take Action For Angora Rabbits

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

THEY SCREAM IN PAIN

Every three months, angora rabbits are dragged out of tiny, filthy cages and their fur is violently ripped out as they scream in pain.

Please tell international retailer TJX—the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and others—to stop selling angora immediately.

https://support.peta.org/page/6485/action/1?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=0818::skn::PETA::E-Mail::Rabbits%20Scream%20As%20Fur%20Is%20Torn%20Out%20for%20TJ%20Maxx::::peta%20e-news&ea.url.id=114550

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More Action to help rabbits: Please Urge Online Retailer Zulily to Stop Selling Angora

Please speak out for helpless rabbits who suffer horrendously as their fur is ripped from their bodies.

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Please send a message to online retailer Zulily which continues to sell angora despite having heard from PETA and their supporters that rabbits are often tied down and scream in pain as their fur is torn out. It is time Zulily joined the  230 companies that have already banned angora-including fellow QVC Group subsidiary QVC, Gap Inc., Lands’ End, H&M, Inditex, Express, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others.

If all retailers stop selling Angora this cruelty will end. Please help PETA’s campaign to urge Zulily’s to stop supporting this cruelty and discontinue it’s sale of clothing and accessories made from angora. 

Please support the following campaign from PETA by sending a message to Zulily’s

“Why would anyone want to wear clothing or accessories made with fur from tortured rabbits? Zulily, an online retailer that sells clothing, toys, and home products around the world, continues to do just that—despite learning from PETA that rabbits are abused to obtain angora wool.”

Please read more and send the message. Edit if you can and use your own words, but if this is not possible for some reason simply send the message as it is. Please be polite.

Urge Online Retailer Zulily to Stop Selling Angora:

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/zulily-angora/?utm_campaign=021017%20peta%20e-news&utm_source=peta%20e-mail&utm_medium=e-news  – scroll down to send the message.

Other Action

Please send them a Tweet:
https://twitter.com/zulily?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Please also comment on facebook:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/zulily/

Further information

Please click the following link to read more about the cruelty of the angora trade and sign a pledge never to wear angora

A Look Inside the Angora Rabbit Wool Industry

After watching this video, you’ll never buy Angora again.

Warning: Distressing images which will most definitely upset many people – if you are a normal caring compassionate person that is, sadly there are many people who care only for profit at the expense of animals and are prepared to overlook such vile atrocities as the cruelty behind Angora. 

“The undercover footage, shot by PETA Asia, reveals routine cruelty to angora rabbits, whose long, soft fur is often used in sweaters and accessories. The investigator filmed workers who were violently ripping the fur from the animals’ sensitive skin as they screamed at the top of their lungs in pain. After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into severe shock. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their carcasses are sold.

Rabbits who have their fur cut or sheared also suffer: During the cutting process, their front and back legs are tightly tethered—a terrifying experience for any prey animal—and the sharp cutting tools inevitably wound them as they struggle desperately to escape.”

Continue reading and sign the pledge.
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5171

Please share widely – With with all the turmoil throughout the world we should never forget the ongoing plight of animals who desperately need our help.

Rabbit Petitions

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I don’t know what it is about rabbits but I have a soft spot for them, since adopting three rabbits all of whom had been inadequately cared for, I have got to know them as the delightful intelligent creatures they are.

Unfortunately rabbits are one of the most exploited and abused of animals, along with rodents they are the animal of choice when it comes to experiments, in the USA alone every year more than 170,000 of them are abused for research. Though they are the UK’s third favourite pet,  many rabbits end up living alone in a cramped hutch at the end of someone garden, only visited once a day or twice  a day if they are lucky to be fed and that is not always the case as many are left to die. Many rabbits live in squalid conditions in the own excrement, neglected abandoned. Still others are released into the countryside where they are eaten by predators.

Below two  petitions concerning rabbits. Please sign and share.

 

Petition 1

Refuse application for pet rabbit breeding shop in Crowland

This Petition is to South Holland District Council, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2XE, United Kingdom asking them to refuse an application for a unit to breed pet rabbits.

“Sadly, rabbits are one of the most neglected domestic animals. Animal rescue centres are overflowing with unwanted pet rabbits which are desperate for a loving home. A new commercial rabbit breeding facility is a terrible idea.

Hundreds of thousands of rabbits face an unhappy, lonely existence in cramped accommodation, whilst being fed an inappropriate diet and suffering from a range of painful diseases.” PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon Sean Wensley

Selling rabbits and other small animals in pet shops encourages impulse buying. There are too many opportunities for the animals to end up in the wrong hands by being purchased for cruel reasons, or simply by people ignorant to the rabbits’ needs. A good rescue centre would do a home visit to see if the person’s home is suitable to adopt an animal.”

Please read more and sign the Petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/655/600/590/

Petition 2

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Urge Avon to Stop Paying for Cruel Tests on Animals in China

“Avon used to be a stalwart on PETA’s list of companies that never tested on animals. But in 2012, PETA exposed that some formerly cruelty-free cosmetics manufacturers, including Avon, had quietly changed their policies and were paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/772/469/168/   –  Rabbits are not the only focus of this petition. Other animals are also included who suffer terribly from cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics in China .

Again greed has replaced morality as former test free Avon capitalise on the Chinese market. It never ceases to amaze me how money is so corruptive, it seems many people will do anything to get more and more wealth, profit is all they care about. Avon is a highly successful business, surely they have made more than sufficient money and are now one of the foremost suppliers of cosmetics, yet still they want more even if some helpless defenceless animal has to pay the price with a life of suffering.

More ways to help rabbits.

Warning this will break your heart

Bunnies Need Your Help

This article discusses the cruel treatment meted out to rabbits and ways you can help to get it stopped.

http://www.peta2.com/blog/bunnies-need-help/  Many of you will find the graphics and videos very disturbing.

Look at this shocking picture from the article, it looks like a cannulas has been fitted in this poor little rabbit, for what reason I cannot imagine. I cannot find other pictures or more information relating to this being done to rabbits. I have never heard of a cannulas fitted to a rabbit, it is a cruel contraption which is fitted to a cow and acts as a porthole-like device that allows access to the rumen in order to perform research and analysis of the digestive system .

I wrote an article about it here: https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/shocking-animal-abuse-agroscope-fit-cows-with-portholes-to-test-digestion/ Shocking for cows shocking for rabbits.

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This is horrific in the extreme, an invasive test, a vile abuse as are all the abuses shown in the article. Makes me feel sick inside. It is Suffering unimaginable. It reminds me of the following quotation.

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. ~
William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922

Only a cruel callous mind and yes I am going to say wicked mind could have devised such a hideous contraption to insert into the body of  living feeling sentient being.

 

Simon’s Supports Cruelty to Animals: Please Sign Petition.

 

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Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel

SIMONS SUPPORTS CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

“Why would anyone want to wear clothing or accessorize a home with products containing wool or fur that has been ripped from the animals’ skin?,” asks PETA.

LA MAISON SIMONS, commonly known as SIMONS, a fashion retailer in CANADA based in the province of QUEBEC, will reply that many people want to because it continues to sell clothing and home accessories made of fur and angora wool from RABBITS WHO SCREAMED IN PAIN AND TERROR AS WORKERS RIPPED THE FUR OUT OF THEIR SKIN WHILE ALIVE EVERY THREE MONTHS. After several years, the rabbits who will survive this ordeal will be hung upside down and their throats be slit.

Please sign and share the petition to urge Fashion Retailer Simons to halt fur and angora sales.
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-fashion-retailer-simons-halt-fur-angora-sales/?utm_campaign=031816%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

And don’t forget to message Simons and comment on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Simons website
http://www.simons.ca/simons/

Simons on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/simons.ca

Simons on Twitter
https://twitter.com/simons_eng

 

Please Help Cats and Dogs in China

Warning horrific images

Dog and cat fur used for bags, toys and clothes in China.

Please sign the following petition

Animal Equality have recently launched a groundbreaking investigation into the dog and cat fur trade in China and what they have discovered is heartbreaking:

In China dogs and cats are being killed and skinned alive and their fur is being used to make toys and clothes. 

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Please help bring an end to this atrocity by signing a simple petition:

Ask the Chinese government to eradicate this cruel trade by visiting Animal Equality’s website and signing their petition now:
http://voicelessfriends.org     

There are more actions you can take further down to stop the fur trade. Please take as many actions as you can.

Please help cats and dogs today.

Please share this petition widely.

Important Please Read

If you have watched the video you will notice rabbits are among the animals who are violently thrown from the truck.

Please keep in mind that although the focus of this campaign is on cats and dogs, a much loved and cared for pet by many of us both here in the west and in China, the fur trade is still a modern-day evil regardless of the species of the animals who are killed to produce any product, be it toys or fur coats. Any animal’s fur belongs to the animal, whether it is a cat, dog, rabbit, fox, mink or whatever, it is as simple as that. Killing another sentient being regardless of species for his or her fur is a heinous crime and should be banned world-wide.

More information and other actions you can take to stop the fur trade in  China.

China’s Shocking Fur Trade  – Take PETA’s pledge to be fur-free today!
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=1537

Support Last Chance for Animal’s campaign against China’s cruel cat and dog slaughter. Action write to the Chinese Embassy
http://lcanimal.org/index.php/campaigns/fur/chinas-cat-a-dog-fur-trade

The above only includes the address of the Chinese embassy in the USA.

If you do not live in the USA you can find the address of your country’s Chinese Embassy Here:
http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/china

 

Rabbits: Their Neglect and Abuse

“If you ask any RSPCA officer which animal they feel most sorry for, it’s usually the poor, forgotten rabbit sitting in a tiny hutch without the proper food, or any food at all, and some dirty water. It might once have been loved for a brief time by some child, but it has quickly been forgotten and it’s a very sad sight that I have seen countless times.”
RSPCA Officer *1

Did you know that rabbits are the most neglected pet here in the UK and no doubt many other countries worldwide?

Firstly I would like to introduce you to Patch who was one of three Rabbits we adopted.

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My family and I cared for him for two and a half years, he was a house rabbit and part of our family. On March 18th Patch died after suffering a long illness during which he needed intensive care and attention. He is sadly missed, the house and garden where he enjoyed foraging and sunbathing seem empty without him. You can read about Patch on his memorial page on my website:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/a_memorial_to_patch.htm

Patch was an affectionate, intelligent and mischievous creature, aware of himself and the world around him including those who cared for him. In other words he was a sentient being who like you or I or your cat or dog experienced both pain and pleasure, had his likes and dislikes and a personality all of his own. He loved to be stroked and fussed and communicated this need by lying in the flat position you see in the above photo. He loved his probiotic pellets and all you had to do was shake the box and he came running. Though people may say we imagined this and are anthropomorphising I am in no doubt that he was pleased to see us when we arrived home after being out for some time. This was most evident on the occasion that the car broke down and we did not arrive home until very late, his delight at seeing us was obvious. He would sulk and look indignant after having something done he did not like, such as the administration of eardrops. He listened to you when you talked to him.

The following picture shows this quite clearly, he often looked at us in this way when we talked to him or when judging our reactions. Yes he knew we were communicating with him, there is to my mind no doubt about that.

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The Neglect and Abuse of Rabbits

Looking after the Patch during his illness was an exhausting and worrying experience that brought to my attention the suffering of these gentle creatures who are the third most popular pet here in the UK, though I refer the term companion animal. Without our intervention Patch like many rabbits would have died in agony alone abandoned in a hutch, his suffering unnoticed. Through care and medical intervention his life was extended by two years and when the time came that his medicine was no longer effective he was humanely put to sleep. As you will read in the link above Patch suffered with Gastro intestinal (GI) Stasis which in his case was the result of a swelling in his intestine which at first was thought to be benign but which was nonetheless causing soreness and putting him into stasis. GI stasis is a common condition in rabbits in its own right or as sign of an underlying less obvious condition. In either case unless treated immediately within twelve hours or less it becomes life threatening therefore veterinary treatment is required urgently. GI stasis without veterinary care not only has fatal consequences it is an extremely painful way to die. If during the course of GI stasis the unfortunate rabbit gets bloat his stomach may fill with gas or liquid and burst. Consequently many rabbits abandoned in hutches at the bottom of someone’s garden will die an agonising death alone and uncared for.

Rabbits are often brought for a demanding child as though the poor creature were some animated toy, the child soon looses interest and the parents can’t be bothered beyond providing water and food – that is if the unfortunate rabbit is lucky. Many are simply let loose, dumped at the local sanctuary or killed.

Below is a typical hutch, were a rabbit will spend his or her life alone, most do not have a companion.

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I have seen three rabbits in a hutch not much bigger than this.

“Treacle is a Rex rabbit, this is an average sized rabbit, not a giant.
Her body fills the whole living area of the hutch. She certainly can’t stretch and run freely, and there are no toys, food bowl, hay rack in here.”

Read More
http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/reality-of-small-hutches.htm – lots of good advice about the care of rabbits. I though have to say in my opinion the ideal situation is to look after your rabbit as a house rabbit with access to the garden which includes a large hutch for when he or she wants a bit of quiet time outside as did Patch from time to time. More information about house rabbits: House Rabbit Society http://rabbit.org/

For many rabbits here in this wooden confinement like the one above he or she will remain alone in all weathers day after day, sweltering and subject to the horrors of fly strike in the summer and the rigours of bitter cold and damp in the winter until one day the negligent owner opens the hutch to feed the rabbit only to find him or her dead from a mysterious illness which is only mysterious as a result of ignorance and neglect. Fly strike is a horrific way for an animal to end his or her life as flies lay eggs in the fur and the resulting maggots eat away at the flesh until the poor creature dies of blood poisoning. There are many painful diseases that afflict rabbits which if ignored or missed results in a painful and prolonged death.

Rabbits, who are by nature pry animals, do not show their illness, they hide it so not to make themselves easy pry. This has not changed as a result of domestication and it is difficult to tell when a rabbit needs attention unless you have learned to know the signs. For example with GI stasis a rabbit will be lethargic not eating or drinking and will stop defecating. This may happen gradually with droppings getting smaller and less frequent or occur suddenly without warming and there will be no droppings at all. As a result of ignorance and neglect – to not educate yourself about your companion animal is to my way of thinking neglect- many rabbits die a painful death.

Despite their popularity rabbits are probably amongst the most neglected of the animals we humans have domesticated purely for our own satisfaction and pleasure regardless to the suffering that such domestication often entails.

It is time the law was improved regarding our responsibility to the animals we bring into our homes as so-called pets. Though there are of course laws, these laws are rarely enforced, particularly where rabbits and other small mammals such as rodents are concerned.

Do you know that here in the UK you have a legal obligation to take your animal to a vet, whether he or she is a dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig,or whatever, species, size and or intelligence is irrelevant?

It may surprise those of you who appreciate rabbits as sentient beings that many people do not take a rabbit to the vet considering that this is not necessary or required? A neighbour once said to me “You don’t take rabbits to the vet” I knew what she meant and was tempted to resort to a sarcastic reply along the lines of “Wow I didn’t know that rabbits don’t get ill, ?” Not to question such nonsense is the height of ignorance and is neglectful and cruel. One dog owner worried about vet bills for the dog but never gave the same worry to the rabbit. Why? Rabbits like your dog or cat get ill, they suffer pain and fear just like your cat and dog and like these more pampered pets need veterinary care as do hamsters and other small furies who in the main are equally neglected.

A recent conversation at the local supermarket greatly disturbed my husband and I. The cashier after looking horrified that the herbs we were buying were for our rabbit – after all the rabbit usually gets old wilted leftovers if he or she is lucky – went on to tell us about her sister whose child had pestered for a hamster and soon got bored once the novelty had worn off and thereafter left the care of this tiny defenceless creature to her mother who openly said she hated the hamster and wanted him to die. The cashier went on to say how the hamster was now sick and her sister hoped he would soon die. No she was not going to take the poor creature to the vet. This story haunted me and still does. I told her she should tell her sister to take the animal to the vet that the poor animal was most likely in pain, but not knowing who these people were, not even a name there was nothing I could do.

There are I am sure many similar situations and far worse.

A lady known for her love of rabbits once told me that you should never give away your unwanted baby rabbits or any rabbit to anyone for free as people will take them and use them for all manner of unimaginable cruelty and intentional abuse. Also with this in mind you should really not leave a rabbit in a hutch were he or she can be seen by passersby as this makes them an easy target for theft.

Shocking how wicked people are. As cruelty and inhumanity have been around a long time, the laws of a civilised society need to do more to protect animals from such vile people.

There needs to be laws that prevent any one and everyone from walking into a pet shop and buying a rabbit or other animal including cats and dogs. Back street breeding should be outlawed for a start off, along with the sale of rabbits and other animals on-line or in newspaper adverts. Animals should not be sold as a commodity in pet shops but rather adopted from sanctuaries where the prospective owner or guardian – I prefer the term guardian as no one has the right to own another living being – is checked out for suitability by a home visit before adoption is allowed to take place and that periodic inspections continue thereafter.

Read about the reality of the pet trade:

Pet Shops: No Bargain for Animals
http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/companion-animals-factsheets/pet-shops-bargain-animals/

Pet Shops
http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/pet-trade/pet-shops/

Time for new Laws
http://www.onekind.org/take_action/campaigns/pet_origins/time_for_new_laws/

The situation is similar worldwide. Indeed it is time for new laws and tighter regulation but the ideal as always is a cessation of the pet trade and the breeding of animals to sell in pet shops, on-line or back street breeders. Pets should only be obtained from a registered sanctuary or rescue.

It concerns me greatly whenever I go into a pet shop and see these defenceless creatures for sale, openly exposed under bright lights to the gaze of prying eyes – rabbits need places to hide from view. Even more worrying is the fact that anyone over the age of 18, sometimes younger,  can go to the counter and buy a rabbit, a guinea pig or other small fury as one would go and buy a bag of sweets or other inanimate item. The defenceless animal has no say in his or her fate, shoved into a pet carrier he or she is taken to who knows where by who knows who for whatever purpose the purchaser desires and no one is the wiser. The rabbit may be fortunate and go to a caring forever home or he may end up abused and neglected with his life expectation likely much shorter or even willfully abused.

Action to Take

Unfortunately there are few petitions currently available which goes to show how little rabbits are thought of. Though this does not imply that many rabbit organisations and charities are not struggling to change things for rabbits and have at times petitioned governments and other authorities to take action, but sadly it seems with little success.

Here are some ideas for actions you can take to help rabbits.

Visit Action for rabbits

“Hundreds of thousands of rabbits face an unhappy, lonely existence in cramped accommodation, whilst being fed an inappropriate diet and suffering from a range of painful diseases. We should re-evaluate the ways in which we have traditionally kept pet rabbits and start providing them with what we know they need to lead healthy and happy lives.”

One of the main causes is a widespread lack of understanding of their basic needs.

Help educate people by sharing posters such as the poster below and other education resources

This poster along with 24 others can be accessed from the home page of Action for Rabbits

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http://www.actionforrabbits.co.uk/index.html – click the bright pink button on the rabbit photo on the right.

or click here: http://www.actionforrabbits.co.uk/posters.html

 

More posters and advice:
Rabbits Require Rights:
http://rabbitsrequirerights.webs.com/
Help to change the law by taking the following actions

Please sign the following petitions – all the petitions including the one to the Scottish parliament may be signed by anyone one worldwide.

Scottish Parliament & the UK Government as a whole: Implement urgent (pet) Rabbit Specific Welfare Laws in the UK
https://www.change.org/p/scottish-parliament-the-uk-government-as-a-whole-implement-urgent-pet-rabbit-specific-welfare-laws-in-the-uk  – Though most of the comments are old the petition is active, please help it get more signatures by signing now.

Please at least sign the above petition but if you have time read through the suggestions for improvement in the welfare laws included in the petition description, such as No pet Shop Sales, No unregulated Breeding, No inadequate housing, no isolation, no suffering.

Below is the link to the Scottish parliament which is included in the above but which you may well miss if you have not scrolled down the web page far enough.
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01561

Help improve rabbit protection in Australia:
https://www.change.org/p/australian-government-chi-s-legacy-include-the-protection-of-pet-rabbits-in-animal-welfare-laws-in-australia

Related Links

Abandoned rabbits – it’s worse than we thought
https://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/releases/c993542/Abandoned-rabbits—its-worse-than-we-thought-.html

Welfare of rabbits: the need for a suitable environment
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/welfare-of-rabbits-the-need-for-a-suitable-environment

Not all humans are cruel to rabbits, here is a story with a happy ending for a brave rabbit called Ronnie:
http://www.care2.com/causes/ronnie-the-runaway-rabbit-escapes-factory-farm-hell.html

The Rabbit welfare problem
http://www.campnibble.com/welfare.html

Reference quote 1
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/may/21/pet-rabbits-cruelly-neglected-mistreated

Urge BCBG MAX AZRIA to Stop selling angora and Fur

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist Luis Leonel

American Fashion company  BCBG MAX AZRIA refuses to stop selling angora and fur despite knowing that many animals used in these vile industries are stripped of their fur and skins while they are still fully conscious.
 
 
Shocking undercover footage of China’s angora wool industry—where about 90 percent of the world’s angora comes from—shows workers tying rabbits down and violently ripping their fur out by the fistful.

BCBG also sells fur from Asiatic raccoons ( also known as raccoon dogs ) – animals who are often slammed to the ground and beaten on fur farms.Video footage shows one skinned animal who is still alive and who musters the strength to lift her bloody face up to look at the camera. These animals, along with foxes and other fur-bearing animals, suffer and die so that BCBG can turn their fur into vests, collars, and scarves.

BCBG Max Azria’s 2014 Holiday Collection!

Warning Shocking images of animal cruelty

Official BCBG MAX AZRIA website.

http://www.bcbg.com/    – Please consider telephoning or e-mailing BCBG MAX AZRIA and ask them to stop stop selling angora and fur.
 
phone at 877.707.2224 or by email at guestservices@us.bcbg.com.
or send thme a Tweet
Official BCBG MAX AZRIA page on Twitter.
Official BCBG MAX AZRIA page on Facebook.