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#FurFreeSA: Fashion over Compassion

There are days when I feel like the human race is going backwards with regard to compassion towards other species!

I am referring to the recent 2015 Winter fur fashion shows in London and Milan.

Fashion designers and furriers are trying to lure young people into buying real fur produce. This is done by moving away from the ‘luxurious, heavy’ look of fur and creating  a ‘lighter, colourful and fun’ product.  

In other words, not only are creatures being needlessly skinned for their fur but their fur is now being disguised through dye and shearing.

Fashion designers such as Serbian Roksanda have modernised animal fur to appeal to the youth. roksanda1                                                                    Roksanda 2015 winter fashion

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This Silver Fox fur has been dyed beyond recognition (Roksanda 2015)

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Thousands of dyed furs waiting to be bought and turned into frivolous fur fashion items!

To me this is going backwards in time and morality.

No one needs to wear fur for fashion in the 21st century. Fur production is barbaric and senseless.

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HYPOCRISY, OPPORTUNISM? Or should I just let it be?

So what does 73-year-old English ex-Beatle Paul McCartney have in common with 37-year-old American rapper Kanye West?

As far as I can see NOTHING other than they have recently produced a single, Only One, together.

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So why should this bother me? Well …

Not only has Sir Paul McCartney written incredible songs such as Yesterday, Hey Jude and Let it Be, but for many years he has been an animal activist.

His saying, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian”, is often quoted.

McCartney teamed up with PeTA to produce a shocking video titled Glass Walls. This video exposes the horror in slaughterhouses, factory farms, live-animal transport and the fishing industry.

McCartney also explains the massive cost to the environment for which the meat industry is directly responsible.

McCartney has supported many animal rights causes.

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Paul’s daughter, Stella McCartney does not use leather, skins (i.e. python, crocodile and other exotics), or furs in any of her fashion items.

On the other hand , Kanye West ~ rapper, songwriter and fashion designer ~ is rarely seen without wearing animal fur of some kind, be it a huge fur coat or fur trim.

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Kanye West


West has a fondness for women who also wear fur, as seen below.  

Kanye West And Amber Rose Rock thier Fur Coats In Paris!

He is currently married to Kim Kardashian a “fur hag” of note.


Kim Kardashian covered in animal fur

Help, I need some help!

Am I the only one who feels that McCartney’s recent collaboration with West is hypocritical?

It has also perplexed several hip hop fans, as evident from their comments below:

‘Who is Paul McCartney?, one fan wrote on Twitter while another posted: ‘This Paul McCartney guy gonna be huge.’ Thanks to Kanye West.

Another said, ‘who tf is paul mccartney???!??! this is why i love kanye for shining light on unknown artists’.

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THE FUR INDUSTRY: morally indefensible

I believe that no person with integrity could support the fur industry in any way. However, numerous people are unaware of the horrific facts of the fur trade. My intention, therefore, is to present the facts of the fur trade so that people can make an informed moral choice about fur items.

Individuals with integrity consistently have strong moral principles. They are honest and their values concord with their words and actions, even in the face of conflict. To make moral choices, people need to be able to connect to all their emotions, pleasant and unpleasant. This is not easy and to avoid uncomfortable feelings people use various psychological defences to deny, avoid or minimise the reality of a bad situation.

Regarding animals, certain people deny that animals are sentient and therefore can suffer. These people might even argue that animals are put on earth solely for the benefit of humans. They may have pets and adequately care for them, yet animals are regarded as property to be disposed of at will. Viewed only as property, animals are used as a means to an end, usually for monetary gain.

Manufacturers of fur products try to objectify fur-bearing mammals so that people can avoid thinking of “fur” as sourced from living, sentient beings. Words such as harvesting instead of killing give the impression that animals are a natural resource, akin to harvesting a crop of vegetables.

In this advanced age of synthetic fabrics, real fur items are unnecessary. Hence, people who buy these items find ways to avoid empathising with the suffering of animals. They evade the truth, which enables them to disconnect from the living creatures. For example, they claim to wear mink fur and not the fur from a skinned mink, the latter statement evoking a more gruesome image. They will justify their choices by saying animals are humanely farmed and killed or that fur is “green”. This can be seen as a lack of integrity, as self-interest overrides compassion towards other species.

There is proof, however, that the fur industry is morally indefensible. It destroys animals and the environment for products that nobody needs in the 21st century. To maximise profits, the fur industry conceals or minimises these facts, which are presented as follows.

The fur industry is different to the meat industry, as every year millions of wild animals are battery-farmed or trapped solely for their fur. A single garment, depending on the fur, can be made from hundreds of animal skins. Fur products include luxury fashion garments, accessories, pet toys, key rings and various trinkets. Animals are killed specifically to make trim for hats, gloves, jackets, blankets, scarves and shoes. Without exception, fur items entail the extreme suffering of animals.

Around 85 % of the world’s fur comes from fur farms, where everything is aimed at being cost-effective. There is no regard for the animals’ well-being, as they are viewed as mere commodities. Fur animals spend their entire lives crammed into tiny, dirty metal cages where there is barely room to move let alone space for activity. Rusty wire from the cages can injure or cut the feet of these creatures. Eyes are often poked out. Cages are lined up in freezing conditions to ensure that animals grow thicker fur i.e. produce more fur. If their drinking water freezes, animals can die of thirst.

In these unnatural conditions wild animals go insane, displaying behaviour not observed in the wild. Abnormal behaviour such as cannibalism and self-mutilation occurs, as in frustration animals chew off their own tails and legs. Under these stressful conditions they attack and wound each other. Many animals die painfully from their injuries, go into organ failure from stress or suffocate. Despite this senseless loss of life, it is still more cost-effective to keep these animals in these vile conditions.

These victims lie anguished and depressed inside cages, waiting for an agonising death. To cut costs and to preserve pelts killing methods are merciless. Animals are routinely gassed, anally or vaginally electrocuted, poisoned, bludgeoned or have their necks broken and sometimes are even skinned alive. When electrocution is used, the farmer puts a metal clamp in an animal’s mouth, a metal rod in the anus, and sends a high-voltage current surging through the body. This causes the animal to have a cardiac arrest while still conscious. Sometimes the power surge forces the rod out of the anus, so the procedure must be repeated. If a lethal injection of various chemicals is used, it kills through paralysis, which can result in immobilised animals being skinned alive.

Environmental pollution from fur farms is huge. With tens of thousands of living beings kept in a small area excrement can seep into the ground water.  Ammonia from accumulated faeces not only burns the eyes and lungs of animals but also pollutes the air. As only the pelt is used, bodies are dumped and left to rot. Toxic chemicals are used to stop fur bio-degrading. Fur garments are also dyed to give them a “modern” look. These toxins are harmful to the environment and to people.

About 15% of the world’s fur comes from trapped wild animals. Trapped animals cannot escape and often spend days bleeding to death. At times they gnaw off their own limbs in an effort to free themselves. Traps are indiscriminate and animals caught in error are casually discarded.

In countries with inadequate animal protection laws, such as China, millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged and bled to death. This is cheaper than to produce synthetic fur. Because it is easier to strip fur from a warm body, animals are often skinned alive.  Footage has shown that animals sometimes are fully conscious while being skinned. Even after their skin had been stripped off, breathing and eyelid movement was evident for up to five to ten minutes.

To bypass laws banning the sale of dog and cat, this fur from China can be mislabeled as faux/ synthetic fur. Real fur is often dyed and sheared. Weak import and labeling laws make it difficult to identify from where fur originates. Consequently, furriers and retailers selling fur goods do not know the exact source of the fur. This aside, no living being should be skinned for their fur.

One way of ending the torture of animals in the fur industry is not to sell or buy products containing fur of any type. Even better, a person with integrity will reinforce their actions and speak up against the fur trade, which is one of the most senseless and barbaric industries on earth.

Czech Republic Bans Fur Farms

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Czech government officials voted 132 to 9 to ban the country’s fur farms by 2019. This bill will save about 20,000 minks and foxes every year from being caged in abusive conditions and killed by electrocution or gassing.

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Canada lags way behind developed countries when it comes to animal rights!

CAT FUR BIKINIS: Worse than mink?

I find every aspect of the fur industry abhorrent, from the fur farms right through the supply chain to the consumer. This includes unethical fashion designers, models, celebrities and any person promoting the fur market.

So why do I feel particularly disgusted by this advert for fur bikinis?

It is probably because the bikini fur resembles that of my fur boy, Duke. So IF I were to wear a furkini of this nature it would feel like wearing the skin of a family member.

Duke, who is part of Emy’s family

Yet, really, it makes no difference. All animals suffer in the fur trade, which is inherently cruel and unnecessary.

Please make the connection and don’t buy fur items of any type.



SEAL SKIN TRINKETS: Necessary for survival?

Seal fur crafts at the Inuvialuit craft store in Inuvik, N.W.T. (Mackenzie Scott/CBC)

In 2009 the European Union (EU) banned the importation of all seal products on the grounds that commercial seal hunts are inhumane. This ban exempted seal products derived from subsistence hunts by Inuit communities, who killed seals for their meat and fur.

Given that the Inuvialuit (Inuit people who live in the western Canadian Arctic regions) are exempted from the EU ban on seal products, another market for seal fur goods has arisen. The Inuvialuit are now selling seal fur trinkets to tourists. These tourists will be given a certificate to ensure that they are able to take any products they purchased in the Northwest Territories into the EU.

Now my question is: If a subsistence economy relies on natural resources to provide for basic needs, through hunting and gathering, does the sale of unnecessary seal fur trinkets now make the Inuit seal hunts a commercial venture?

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Anti-Fur Activists Take Over London Fashion Week

The London Fashion Week, with New York, Paris and Milan, is considered to be one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion events. Unfortunately fur fashion is promoted at these shows and sets the trend for people who mindlessly follow fashion. Thank you to everyone who recently protested in London against the barbaric fur industry.


It is always encouraging when someone takes a public stand against fur fashion.

Italy is renowned for fur fashion with animal fur garments and accessories dominating the Milan Fashion Week. There are also many Italian brand names such as FENDI, AERONAUTICA MILITARE and LUISA SPAGNOLI that proudly include animal fur in their clothing.

So it is good to know that in Italy, the Neapolitan pizzeria Sorbillo and the managers of a Monza bar have now banned entrance to customers wearing animal furs.

I like the message: Wearing fur? No

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I know that many of my vegan friends will be wondering about the pizza toppings, but that is a discussion for another day!

Seals and more

It is wonderful news that Norway will no longer massacre beautiful seals for their fur. Here are some great photos of seals in that area ~ enjoy!

The World according to Dina

A couple of days ago we flew via the Orkneys on our way to Norway. And do you know what we saw there?
Our friends the seals with their cute pups. We actually looked at the seals on our beach in Cley lately but these seals were selkies, as mentioned by Amy Sackville in her recommendable novel “Orkneys“. Selkies are actually relatives of the fairies like us, living in the North.

Vor einigen Tagen flatterten wir über die Orkneys nach Norway. Und Ihr glaubt es kaum, was wir dort sahen. Wir trafen dort unsere Verwandten die Seehunde mit ihren Jungen. Klar hatten wir sie schon an unserem Strand besucht, aber dies hier waren Selkies, diese Wesen, die Amy Sackville in ihrem brillanten Roman “Orkneys” erwähnt.


Do you know what selkies are?
As you see on these pictures they are seals, but very special ones. They sometimes get…

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Norway has finally made the ethical choice and will no longer kill seals for their fur.

This is for a number of reasons:

  • The Norwegian government cut seal-slaughter subsidies in 2015.

  • Stringent European Union regulations against importing seal skins and other seal products make it difficult to find outlets for seal products.

  • There is huge public outrage against all annual seal massacres.

baby harp seal

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Canada and Namibia, however, still persist with this barbaric practice, every year, to make money by selling seal pelts to fashion houses.

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