THERE ARE SO MANY ALTERNATIVES TO WEARING ANIMAL FUR !
As we welcome autumn with the dawn of every new crisp day and the fall of every red, yellow and orange leaf, remember that there are many alternatives to wearing fur to stay warm.Every year around 50 million animals are killed for their fur (“Fur Trade Facts”). These careless killings at the hands of humans are the reason why many animals are endangered. Chinchillas, Jaguars, and Tigers are all animals that are often slain around the world for their pelts. Although the act of killing an animal to utilize their fur for warmth may seem as if it doesn’t directly affect you, in the end it affects us all.
The poaching and killing of animals in the wild contributes to the dwindling number of certain species. For instance, wild tigers are often hunted and killed for their skins. Because of these killings, many estimate that…
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Accolades to all the courageous people who put their own lives at risk to keep the ‘Great Apes’ free.
Many people link the Ebola outbreak to the consumption of “bush meat”.
Pikin, the Gorilla, was rescued from the “bush meat” trade in Cameroon. Appolinaire Mdohoudou and Pikin, Ape Action Africa, Cameroon, 2009
This is one of my favorite photographs taken by Jo-Anne McArthur.
For 15 years Jo-Anne McArthur has taken photographs revealing the cruel treatment of animals worldwide
She calls herself a war photographer, as she believes “there’s a war on animals”.
Jo-Anne has captured some of the most haunting images that I have ever seen, including animals caged on fur farms.
She has published a book of her excellent photographs.
Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity!
In 2012 an under investigation from animal welfare organisation Humane Society of the United States, revealed that BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY was labeling real fur products as “faux fur”.
Many Burlington coats were found to contain dog fur in some form.
These items were made from animals skinned in China.
An article was published in My Vegan Journal:
Stores busted for selling REAL fur despite being labeled “Faux”
by Jaqueline (November 9, 2012 )
According to Jacqueline “… an expert took the items apart and confirmed that despite the label, they ARE real fur. Disgusting!!
… Beware of “faux” fur and “faux” fur trimmed items. MANY are mislabeled. Cruelty is never in fashion!
… These animals end up as gloves, coats, hats or fur trim; their skins are used in the production of drums and other musical instruments”.
I know, this was in 2012.
Now Burlington Coat Factory advertises coats as having a “detachable REAL FUR collar”, as seen on the coat below.
It doesn’t really matter that the type of living being skinned for this collar is not named – the suffering is the same.
By the way, Mitt Romney, the American politician and businessman who was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election has been linked with Burlington Coat Factory.
This is the same Mitt Romney who road 12 hours (1,050 km) with his dog Seamus in a carrier on the roof of the family’s Chevrolet Caprice station wagon.
Poor Seamus suffered diarrhea during this trip on the roof.
No, these are not cute puppies and kitties for sale.
They are very realistic toys made in China and sold in various parts of the world. I have seen them in South African shops.
They are so realistic that in all likelihood they are made from real cat and dog fur.
Sadly this is not unbelievable.
While it is hard to imagine why any creature should be skinned for a fashion item or trinket, there is a booming trade in dog and cat fur in China.
There are virtually no animal protection laws in China and many animals are skinned ~ sometimes alive ~ for their fur.
Dog and cat fur is generally less expensive than other types of furs, which results in the false labelling of items.
According to Happy Paws Haven, “cat fur is sold as rabbit and dog fur is sold as ‘asian jackal’, ‘sobaki’, ‘gae wolf’ and Asian Wolf’”
Items or fur trim can also be labeled as fake fur to trick the consumer into buying something unintentionally.
If one burns the fur there is a distinctive difference in the smell of real and fake fur. Of course this is not advised in a shop context.
DNA testing can reveal the true identity of what animal was used for a particular fur.
Various anti-fur organisations have done DNA testing and found items to made of animal fur even when not labelled as such.
In particular, toys for pets are often dyed and sold as synthetic when in fact this is not the case.
If you are not absolutely sure that something is synthetic rather not take the chance.
Feel free to always confront the truth.
I read the following story by Chris Perez (New York Post – October 20, 2014), where a woman goes to a fox farm for a fur coat and instead rescues the fox.
As Perez states, this creature would have given up her life for “the horrible price of vanity”.
The story goes:
Natalia Gaintseva , a Russian, was taken by her husband Aleks to a fox farm to choose a fox to be skinned for Natalia’s new coat.
Events did not, however, unfold in that way.
Referring to the fox, Natalia stated, “When I saw her cowering at the back of the cage, I felt really sorry for her and couldn’t possibly imagine wearing her … She really was a beautiful little fox looking up at me with her gorgeous big eyes”.
The International Anti-Fur Coalition (IAFC) operates worldwide, working to end the atrocities of the fur industry.
IAFC has run several succesful campaigns including the Fur is Red and Furbidden campaigns
The “Wearing a dead body? Over my dead body!” anti-fur campaign was recently initiated by IAFC and is growing in momentum.
IAFC requests “selfies” from compassionate people like yourself, SO PLEASE PARTICIPATE.
Here are the instructions from IAFC:
Three Easy steps to make a difference, on the behalf of animals:
1) Take a picture of yourself holding a sign with the slogan: “Wearing a dead body? Over my dead body! “
2) Upload the picture here, at this “event” page & On all your social media pages/ Facebook/ Instagram/ Twitter, etc…If possible: *Hashtag> #Overmydeadbody.
3) Challenge three of your friends to do the same & be the change you want to see in this world.
Thank you for participating, firmly standing your ground that fur only belongs to animals & Spreading the word and the world.
For a Fur Free Future!
The gallery: #OverMyDeadBody Protest Pictures
I wish I could post all the wonderful and creative photos that people have submitted but there are now too many for that. See for yourself @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1479246765670420/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=49&sid_create=2660608051
As long as the message is communicated, feel free to be as creative as you wish 🙂
Here are a few of the photos taken.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
MAKE FUR HISTORY
Forced to live and die in the most unbearable conditions imaginable, today’s large scale fur industry results in the confinement and slaughter of millions of animals every year.
Spearheading a campaign to #MakeFurHistory, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA) and The Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are on a mission to show the reality of the fur industry, and put a stop to a trade that has been exploiting animals for economic gain for more than 400 years in North America.
Gladly joining the duo of non-profits in their fight, LUSH Cosmetics is also backing the campaign and urging consumers to go fur free. #MakeFurHistory is aimed at raising awareness for consumers and the general public of the very real conditions that fur-bearing animals face across the country, as well as encouraging governments to get further involved in regulating the commercial fur…
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