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MINK EYELASH EXTENSIONS: Drop dead gorgeous?

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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Lately  I have noticed advertisements for mink eyelash extensions. The idea of super-gluing animal hair onto my eyelashes is disgusting to me.  I wouldn’t even go for synthetic eyelash extensions, but this is at least an alternative.

This is what a consumer has to say,  “I was shopping through tons of different lash options in search of real Mink Lashes. Some companies will falsely advertise as Mink Lashes so beware.  I received what I thought were real Mink lashes only to read at the top of the package, Synthetic Mink, please be careful when purchasing people. Not pleased however I finally did purchase Real Fur Mink Lashes and am thrilled to start using them. They are the most luxurious on the market. Very lightweight and sultry. Heidi Klum and Jennifer Lopez have used Real Mink Fur Lashes and you know they got it going ON! OOOWeeee lol!”

Many other fur hags such as Madonna also wear mink eyelash extensions (See post: https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/celebs-and-fur-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/ )

IT IS FALSELY BELIEVED THAT MINK EYELASHES ARE CRUELTY FREE AND COLLECTED FROM  BRUSHING LIVE MINKS.

Well anyone who has done their research knows that there is absolutely no way a wild mink is going to co-operate and let you brush his/her coat. In this situation the ‘brusher’ would be left with some nasty bites. So where do these minks come from?

From fur-farms of course, where minks are routinely confined to small, wire-mesh cages and kept in a battery style system. With several animals in a cage there is barely room to move let alone space for activity. In the wild these animals are naturally solitary.  Minks on fur farms will never swim or frolic. 

I know I said I would not post distressing photos, but I think this photo says it all.

overcrowded minks

They may be alive when brushed for eyelash extensions but these same minks will be gassed or beaten to death later and skinned for their fur. The only dead in “drop dead gorgeous” are thousands of minks, and all for mindless selfish vanity!!                                                                                                                                                   man swinging mink 

Please don’t turn a blind eye to the horrors of fur framing. Please raise awareness wherever you can.

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18 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    The only possible way to produce humane mink eyelash extensions is as follows: 1, Find a mink in the wild, 2. Spend some time winning its trust, say a year or two. 3, Once you have won its trust and it is sitting on your lap and looking adoringly in your eyes brush it gently. Anything less than that involves barbarous cruelty.

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  2. Emy Wilhelm says:

    Thanks Chris. That puts this into perspective 🙂 Maybe we should market cat hair eyelashes. There is certainly enough of it on the couch.

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  3. xbox2121 says:

    I enjoy post like these Emy because they are informative to me and they point out how little some people actually care about animals or animal cruelty !

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    • Emy Wilhelm says:

      Thanks, Bob. People who wear fur think it is a status symbol. This is so important to them that they don’t care how it is sourced. It is the same with ivory.

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  4. I’ve never heard of mink eyelashes – come on people!!

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  5. Emy Wilhelm says:

    Totally agree Celeste. People can be truly absurd.

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  6. cinnabar50 says:

    Thank you for an informative post. I have never heard of mink eye lashes, how can anyone be so naive as to think that they could possibly be cruelty free! Frankly it is sad that people are so self absorbed that they can overlook obvious cruelty for something so pathetic as eye lash extensions.

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  7. Emy Will says:

    Thanks for the comment cinnabar50. These people are totally narcissistic and can’t see beyond themselves 😦

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  9. Hi there, just wanted to mention, I loved this post.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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  10. Allison Roth says:

    I have an eyelash extension studio and I am frequently asked if I use or apply mink lashes (or if I plan to carry them). The answer is absolutely not. It’s hard for me to remain calm while educating clients on the cruelty involved. In researching, I also found out that some lashes that are marketed as “mink” are actually cat or dog fur that has also been harvested from farms in parts of Asia. It is astonishing to me that these companies are allowed to falsely advertise as “cruelty free”, when we all know the truth. It is also astonishing to me that people are actually asking for these….and willing to pay a lot of money for them. No amount of money is worth the suffering of any animal.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Hi Allison. Thank you soo much for this comment and for stating the truth behind mink eyelashes. Nothing justifies cruelty to animals.

      All the best with your studio and ethical work.

      Thank you for caring ❤ ,
      Best wishes,
      Emy

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  11. Daniella says:

    I cannot believe how many people are ok with the suffering of animals just to look “pretty” (by the way: you usually look worse). Everyone should just be pleased with their natural beauty that everyone has and protect these poor innocent animals.

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