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SHAME ON CHRISTIAN-LOUBOUTIN

Please sign: 

https://www.change.org/p/christian-louboutin-stop-using-fox-fur-for-your-products

CHRISTIAN-LOUBOUTIN stop using fox fur in your products!Fox fur shoe

Behind every piece of fur trim was a living creature!

 

STOP KILLING BOBCATS FOR FUR

Please sign:

http://bit.ly/1MSYSU8FB

AMAZON: Ban fur sales

Amazon makes it easy to buy authentic fur online, regardless of where people live.

Please sign this petition to help shut down the global fur market.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/836/805/758/ban-the-sale-of-fox-fur-on-amazon/

Of course the best way to end the trade in animal fur is to stop the demand for fur in any form, but every action counts!

PLEASE SIGN ANTI-SEAL HUNT PETITION

Click on the link below:
http://bit.ly/1RToMKb

The Seals need you to be their voice.                       

EVERY year from July 1st, about 80 000 Cape Fur seal pups are killed in Namibia. The pups are separated from their mothers, rounded up and then beaten to death with pick handles. They are stabbed in the throat, often while still alive.

Around 6 000 adult bull seals are shot so that their genitals can be sold as ineffective sex potions on the Asian Market.

STOP FUR SALES IN GAP

According to Peta:

‘Although Gap Inc. has banned fur from all of its well-known brands, it continues to sell numerous fur items at INTERMIX, which has 30 stores and an online shopping site. INTERMIX sells fur from rabbits, coyotes, foxes, minks, and Asiatic raccoon dogs—animals who are often slammed to the ground and bludgeoned with metal rods, causing convulsions and broken bones but not always an immediate death. Undercover investigations reveal that many of these animals are skinned while still alive, and video footage even shows a skinned raccoon dog on a heap of carcasses with just enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare at the camera.

Please take a few moments to urge Gap Inc. to join ANN INC., Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, and dozens of other companies that are 100 percent fur-free’.

Just click on this link:  http://bit.ly/1K9sIr4

PETITION TO STOP FUR FARMS IN GREECE

More than 2.500.000 minks are killed in Greece every year. New fur farms are under construction.

Please help us stop the rapidly expanding fur farming in Greece.

The petition @

https://www.change.org/p/panagiotis-lafazanis-ban-fur-farming-in-greece

Mink for campaign

“In recent years in Greece, there is an increase in fur farms in the region of West Macedonia. West Macedonia is divided into the regional units of Florina, Grevena, Kastoria, and Kozani. In 2011 there were 43 fur farms in Greece. According to the figures from the Ministry of Rural Development and Food  (March 2014), fur farms have increased to 105!

Kastoria – 45 fur farms

Kozani – 50 fur farms

Grevena – 8 fur farms

Florina – 2 fur farms

Mink, the main specieS of animals reared in fur factory farms in Greece, is still essentially wild animal. They are unsuitable to be kept for production purposes. These animals spend short and miserable lives in small wire cages, only to be gassed to death when their pelts are at their prime.

The conditions under which fur farmed animals are kept do not satisfy their behavioural needs. Their caged environment is monotonous and physical exercise is restricted. The animals are also unable to express their species-specific behaviours. Foxes, for example, are denied the opportunity to dig, while mink have no access to swimming water and cannot avoid social contact.

As a consequence, animals on fur farms have routinely been found to exhibit stereotyped behaviour (such as pacing along the cage wall, repetitive circling/nodding of the head, etc.), as well as self-mutilation (i.e. sucking or biting of the animal’s tail fur, or other parts of the pelts). Infanticide and cannibalism has also been reported.

Fur farming is already banned outright in Austria and the United Kingdom. It was also banned in Croatia from 2007 with a 10 year phase-out period for existing farms. In December 2012, the Netherlands, which is the EU’s second largest mink producer, passed a ban on fur farming and will phase-out mink production entirely by 2024. Slovenia also banned fur farming in March 2013 with a three year phase-out for existing producers. Proposed legislation to prohibit fur farming is also currently being considered in Belgium, Estonia and Israel. Italian region Emilia Romagna also moves towards ban on fur farming.

The fur industry is keen to promote itself as a ‘green’ and sustainable industry. Fur is often presented as a ‘natural’ product, but in reality it requires a lot of processing, transporting and inputs before it can be made ready to wear.

We call on to the Greek Government to stop any investment on new fur farms and to ban fur farming in Greece”.

HEARTLESS HARVEY NICHOLS retaliates

Department store Harvey Nichols has gone back on its fur free policy from 2004 and has started selling real animal fur again.

Want to take a stand against the sale of animal fur?

Please sign and share this petition against Harvey Nichols:

https://www.change.org/p/harvey-nichols-stop-selling-fur-2

This petition is part of a broader campaign against Harvey Nichols.

Recently, several anti-fur activists braved the cold and wet weather to protest outside this clothing store.                                                      Harvey nichols protest

Of course Harvey Nichols can’t show evidence of any humane fur farming.

Why? Because all fur farming is inherently cruel! Harvey Nichols 2

Instead, Harvey Nichols has approached the High Court in London to try gag the campaign against its company.

The company is requesting that anti-fur protesters are banned from streets across the country where they have stores.

Heartless HN

Harvey Nichols Heads to Court to Gag Campaign!

According to Justice For Animals, activists will legally oppose this action and  “We will not stop being a voice for animals on fur farms”.

This campaign has “attracted widespread coverage and condemnation of Harvey Nichols’ sale of fur, including in Vogue, The Fashion Times, Drapers and Fashion United”.

This desperate move by Harvey Nichols has not stopped the Heartless Harvey Nichols campaign, which has intensified in these days  leading up to the Christmas seasonHarvey nichols 3                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harvey Nichols 1

 

FRANCIS: Saint and Pope

 St Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animalsiFrancis of Assisi

As mentioned in my previous post, many Christians celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4   @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/world-animal-day-2014/ 

To honour this day, people accompanied by a procession of animals participate in a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.

As you probably know, the new Pope, born Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina, is the first Pope to choose as his namesake Francis of Assisi, the 13th century patron saint of the poor. 

TIME magazine was so impressed with the humility and emphasis on the poor shown by Pope Francis that it named him Person of the year (2013).

time-person-of-the-year-cover-pope-francis

Pope Francis also publicly patted a guide dog, which is not considered ceremonial in the Vatican. 

pope-blesses-dog

Hopefully this will not be the first and last public act of kindness shown towards animals by Pope Francis.

Sadly, though, it is traditional for the Pope to wear fur.

Pope Benedict XVI wore a red velvet hat trimmed with white ermine fur.

This type of hat was commonly worn by popes in the medieval period to keep their heads warm during winter.

For special occasions a red velvet , ermine-trimmed cape called a mozetta should be worn. Pope Benedict wore this type of cloak.                                                            pope in fur

This is an ermine in the wild.                                                                                                                                                                                             ermine-in-the-wild.jpg

Millions of  ermine are bred and farmed under horrendous conditions just to be fur trim. This is cruel and unnecessary.  

Pope Francis has shunned Vatican tradition in favour of a simpler life style. 

Although it was stated in the name of humility, he said that “ Solid gold rings, velvet capes and ermine furs are out”. 

See link:  http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/style/fashion/pope-francis-shakes-up-vatican-fashion-1.1488818#.UguSpZJgeVJ.

There was even a petition to Pope Francis requesting that he stop wearing fur. This petition is now closed.

There are, however, other animal rights petitions addressed to Pope Francis in the hope that he will live up to his namesake, Francis of Assisi.

These petitions are below:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/279/840/894/tell-the-pope-to-stop-releasing-peace-doves/?z00m=20719014#next_action

https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/urge-pope-francis-to-declare-himself-a-vegetarian-1

 http://www.change.org/p/pope-francis-denounce-the-south-korean-dog-and-cat-meat-industry-교황-프란치스코-한국의-개와-고양이-식용-산업을-공개적으로-비난하여-주십시오

 

Icon by Robert Lentz, O.F.M.

Origin Assured label: Not assuring

 Erich Fischer Furriers is a FUR SHOP in an upmarket mall, The Firs, Johannesburg, South Africa.

So what is a Furrier?
1. One whose occupation is the dressing, manufacturing and  designing of new fur garments or cleaning and repairing used fur garments.
2. Furriers source their pelts from auction houses, which in turn acquire furs from fur farmers or from trapping.
3. Generally a furrier would only use fur from a fur farm to ensure “quality”. Animals that have been trapped or hunted will have holes in their pelts, which is not desirable for the furrier.
4. After the auction house,  pelts go through a series of treatment steps, called fur dressing, to preserve and improve the texture of the skin.
5. The fur garment is then made up from the skins of many dead animals and sold to people who are self-centred and lack compassion.
 
Mr Fischer prides himself on being Africa’s only fur specialist that abides by the Origin Assured (OA™)  label and therefore claims that his fur produce is sourced ethically.
Below is Fischer’s advertisement:   
sexist and offensiveorigin assured label
This life of misery is the only life chinchillas know before being electrocuted and skinned on fur farms.  Caged chinchilla at fur farm
Up to 200 chinchillas can be used for one fur coat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                
 Chinchilla pelts.chinchilla pelts.

In the light of this information, Mr Fischer’s advertisement does not seem so seductive, even with its OA™ label. Mr Fischer and the Firs management refer to the OA™ label to justify that the fur trade is humane and ethical. 

The OA™ label was launched in 2006 as a joint initiative by PRO-FUR organisations, namely The International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF), Kopenhagen Fur, American Legend Cooperative, Finnish Fur Sales (SAGA Furs) and North American Fur Auction.

Displaying this OA™ label on fur items is meant to assure consumers that the fur originates from a country where animal welfare regulations or standards governing fur production are in force.

Alongside Kopenhagen Furs, Saga Furs with its OA™ label  is one of the biggest auction houses in the fur industry and operates from Finland. 

New footage from investigations done by Four Paws (UK) on three FUR FARMS IN FINLAND was released February 22, 2014, revealing shocking conditions on these farms.

Of significance is that these are farms certified by Saga Furs i.e “origin assured”. 

This concurs with findings of the Norwegian animal rights group, Network for Animal Freedom, which revealed that “assurance” farms lacked the necessary standards. 

These are the farms from where South African furriers source their pelts!

 It does not matter if the item only has fur trimming or is a full size fur coat, the suffering for all animals on fur farms is the same. 

Even if the OA™ label is what it claims to be, there is no such thing as a humane fur farm.

Please, if you haven’t yet, sign my petition to Investec Ltd. the landlord of Erich Fischer Furriers. Non South African signatures add to the impact of this petition.                        fur 038

Click on the link below to go to the petition.

http://www.change.org/p/investec-ltd-south-africa-end-your-lease-with-erich-fischer-furriers-and-stop-making-money-from-the-fur-trade

Together we can make a difference.

RACOON DOGS: Under the knife

Despite the name, raccoon dogs are a different species to raccoons found in North America.        racoon dog

Raccoon dogs are indigenous to Asia. They are related to dogs and foxes and therefore belong to the canine (wild dog) species. It is their markings, similar to raccoons, that have influenced their name.

What sort of animal is the raccoon dog?

 ~These social animals live in pairs or small groups. Up to 16 pups can be born in one litter and in nature both parents help raise their young until they become independent. 

~ In their natural environment, raccoon dogs inhabit forests and woodlands nearby water. 

~ As raccoon dogs frequent water habitats, their diet is primarily frogs, fish, rodents, small birds, eggs, insects and spiders.

~ Sadly they are under threat because of the deforestation of their native woodlands and overhunting by humans for raccoon dog meat and fur.

THE FARMING OF ANY ANIMAL FOR HIS/HER FUR IS INHUMANE!

Certain countries protect dogs and cats but not other fur-bearing animals. Sadly, this is a speciesist approach that values the lives of certain species above others.

The trade in dog and cat fur is banned in several countries. Strictly speaking racoon dogs should be protected under these laws.

– The European Union agreed to ban all imports of cat and dog fur from China in June 2007 on the grounds that it is “not consistent with a proper value and respect for animal” (Elliot Morley- Parliamentary Secretary to the (then) Ministry  of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food).

– The Dog and Cat Fur Protection Act, 19 U.S.C. § 1308, (2000)  prohibits the import, export, and sale of dog and cat fur products in the United States.

– The United Kingdom Government announced its ban on importing cat and dog pelts from China in 2001, after discovering dog fur in a fur collar, obtained from a leading store in the West End.

– Australia has similar laws to the EU regarding the import of items made of dog and cat fur.

– China has virtually no animal protection laws and  is flooding the market with “budget” fur. This fur is frequently mislabeled as “faux fur” or as fur from a different species so as to circumvent international law. In many instances this “faux fur” has been found to be cat or dog fur.

The only way to be sure to avoid cat and dog fur, is to avoid all real fur products and to check faux fur carefully.

Raccoon dogs suffer and die for their fur in intensive battery farming conditions in China and Finland.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Racoon dog and dead

Raccoon dog on fur farm with the remains of a deceased mate, dead and rotting in the cage (Photograph: Animal Rights Alliance).

   

The Humane Society of the United Statestested and found that the “majority of the falsely advertised or mislabeled fur-trimmed jackets contained fur from Raccoon dogs”. 

This prompted THE PETITION BELOW, which calls for accurate labeling and thereby will prevent raccoon dogs from being used for their fur. To sign please click on this link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/812/405/742/stop-selling-dog-fur/

Stop Selling Dog Fur

Stop Selling Dog Fur (Petition)

  • author: Nyack Clancy
  • target: Federal Trade Commission
  • signatures: 54,809
 The fur industry has a long history of misrepresentation in order to sell their product. They continue to look for loopholes, despite President Barack Obama having signed into law, H.R. 2480, the Truth in Fur Labeling Act.

Still being mislabeled, falsely advertised and mislabeled is the Asian raccoon dog, which is actually a dog not a raccoon. The fur industry is still trying to pass off this dog fur under inaccurate and misleading trade names, such as “Asiatic raccoon” and “Finn raccoon”.

Raccoon dogs, native to Asia, are part of the same family that includes domesticated dogs. Despite their raccoon-like faces, they are not related to that North American mammal. The raccoon dog has a decidedly tougher life than most American dogs, however; the animal is routinely isolated on Chinese fur operations in tiny metal cages before being clubbed, slammed to the ground, or skinned alive.

Tell the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to require that raccoon dog fur be called “raccoon dog” on fur labels and not the inaccurate and misleading trade name “Asiatic raccoon.”

SOURCE: https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5765&autologin=true&em_ha101112&JServSession
Video:

Activists from the Swiss animal protection East International witnessed and filmed shocking footage of raccoon dogs being skinned alive in China. This is what they say.

“Horrific footage reveals slow, sickening deaths of raccoon dogs.They are stunned with repeated blows to the head or swung against the ground. Skinning begins with a knife at the rear of the belly whilst the animal is hung up-side-down by its hind legs from a hook. A significant number of animals remain fully conscious during this process. Supremely helpless, they struggle and try to fight back to the very end. Even after their skin has been stripped off breathing, heart beat, directional body and eyelid movements were evident for 5 to 10 minutes”.

This is their very graphic video. Please take a big breath and watch this disturbing video. It is the reason we have to stop the fur industry. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G7BKsu_c2xg

It was also found that racoon dogs were skinned alive to make fake Ugg boots!

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045016/Raccoon-dogs-skinned-alive-make-cheap-copies-Ugg-boots.html#ixzz38IGUwU00

Because fur’s country of origin can’t be traced, everyone who wears fur shares the blame for the horrific conditions on Chinese fur farms. 

Read more: http://www.peta2.com/actions/chinese-fur-farms/#ixzz38NMuvRyc

Please let’s do all we can to end the fur industry for ALL sentient beings and not just the raccoon dog.

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