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BARBIE: A friend to animals

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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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As an anti-fur activist I find the idea of buying real fur clothing for dolls offensive. Children can’t make informed choices and dressing dolls in genuine fur gives the wrong message about fur.

There is nothing glamorous about wearing the fur of another creature!

A while back INFUR magazine promoted real fur dolls’ clothes, as seen in these photos. It seems that unethical designers sell these items separately from the dolls.

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Fortunately, Mattel Inc. clarifies that its Barbie is “a friend to animals” and only wears fake fur.

I still think that this promotes the look of animal fur clothing.

What do you think?

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8 Comments

  1. Didn’t like clicking “like” and so stopping by to say where’s the DON’T LIKE button. I’m with you. The unnecessary torture of animals for these kinds of things… !!!!

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  2. I agree that wearing fake fur is also unethical – and selling it to kids is just setting them up to buy the real thing later in life. Just my 2 cents.

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  3. veg4life says:

    Disgusting and unnecessary!!

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  4. plasticallyperfect says:

    As someone who was a child that played with dolls that had faux fur coats, I can say that not all of us grow up to be fur-wearers. I wear faux fur from time to time, and if complimented I always point out that it’s faux because I want to make sure people know that it can look nice, too, without killing anything.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Thank you plasticallyperfect 🙂 Sadly these furs for toys (in photos) are made from genuine fur, by furriers. Of note, though, is that Matel Ltd. only uses fake fur. If every one wore cruelty free clothes there would be no fur industry.

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      • plasticallyperfect says:

        I disagree strongly with the use of real fur, whether it’s for dolls or people. Have absolutely no interest in that sort of thing. If I won’t wear it on my own body, imagine how I feel about it for a doll.

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