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FUR: Brushed under the carpet


Photo credit: Anti-Fur Society, Norway

If you wouldn’t wear animal fur then you definitely don’t want it in your brushes ~ makeup and shaving brushes.

Makeup brushes are often made from squirrel, mink, sable and horse or goat hair.

Mink and sable fur brushes are derived from the broader fur industry where animals are kept and killed in horrific conditions.

Squirrels are hunted or trapped and can die a slow agonising death.

Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death in the wild. On fur farms they are gassed, strangled, electrocuted, or beaten and skinned alive.

Shaving brushes are commonly made from badger hair.

The animal hair for these brushes is often sourced from countries where there are inadequate animal protection laws.

Please always be sure that your products are cruelty free.

To guarantee this, rather avoid any type of fur product.





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


As mentioned in my previous post, Kim Kardashian is currently married to rapper Kanya West, a fur addict of note.

This is Kim in her FURKINI, in the snow. If hundreds of small creatures weren’t  brutally killed for this publicity stunt, I would find it amusing.

Kim Kardashin
Kim in her ridiculous furkini

There are other more tasteful and useful ways to show off one’s body.

PeTA is always looking for models to pose for its “I’d rather go naked than wear fur campaign” .Rather go naked 

As pointed out by blogger buddy Nancy @  ‘Our World’    https://nackpets.wordpress.com/  Khloe Kardashian is another story.

Last year Khloe made an anti-fur statement by wearing a faux fur coat with a powerful message painted in red on the back.

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Credit: Splash News Online

Read more: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-style/news/khloe-kardashian-makes-a-major-statement-in-f–k-yo-fur-faux-fur-coat-picture-2014172#ixzz3S66oRJtb

Previously Khloe participated in PeTa’s I’d rather go naked than wear fur campaign.


Khloe Kardashian

How did these sisters turn out to be so different?

Kudos to Khloe.

Red Paint to Kim.

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.

Paul McCarthy  Paul

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.

Kayne West

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’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2896408/This-Paul-McCartney-guy-gonna-huge-Kanye-West-fans-funny-joke-One-collaboration.html#ixzz3Rue9iy00



According to peta2 STREET TEAM Peta 2,



                     IMAGE FROM peta2 ~ NOTE THE MIDDLE FINGER

“Wearing fur, vintage or not, is saying you’re totally OK with paying someone to kill this li’l animal, peel off his or her skin, and chemically treat it so it doesn’t rot while wrapped around your neck”.


“Animals killed for fur are sometimes skinned while still alive. An undercover investigation found that animals were skinned while their hearts were still beating”.

Read more: http://www.peta2.com/achievements/ootd-fur-cruel-photo/#ixzz3RF9E1CUI


Brazil and chinchillasMad chin

Chinchillas are naturally found in rocky crevices and can jump as high as one meter. They need to be active and hence suffer intensely when bred on farms for their fur.

On fur farms everything is aimed to reap maximum profit. There is no regard for the animals’ well-being, as they are merely seen as raw material waiting to be harvested (killed). They 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.

On fur farms Chinchillas will never jump or play. 

It was a lucky day for a few of these innocent creatures when PeTA learned that a chinchilla breeder in California was planning on electrocuting hundreds of animals if she couldn’t sell her business.

Here is a video of a discussion with this farmer.


 On a previous post @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/a-compassionate-move-thank-you-sam-simon/ I mentioned that PeTA, with the help of patron Sam Simon, saved every single animal.

These are Simon’s compassionate words to the chinchillas,

“This is your last day of abuse,” … This is your first day of freedom”.

 Many people wondered what PeTA was going to do with more than 400 chinchillas. Some anti-PeTA folk said that Peta would just “euthanize” these creatures.

 So it was very reassuring when my dear blogger friend Peter Schreiner from  crowsheadsoup.com sent me the following report ~ Operation Chinchilla.


San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

stepped in and made arrangements to “admit and care for all of the chinchillas in spite of the significant impact on resources, space, and personnel”.

 More good news is, according to Fur Free Retailer (June 2014),  the last chinchilla farm in Sweden has to close down on the grounds of poor animal welfare conditions. I hope this happens!

Fur Free Retailer logo

brazil ed.xmlSadly, though, the torture doesn’t end.

MAHIKI: No fur through our door

              GREAT NEWS!!        ban fur A bold move: MAHIKI has taken a no fur policy.

MAHIKI, a London nightclub, is considered to be one of London’s most popular clubs. It is well known for its celebrity clientele and is regularly patronised by royals including Princes William and Harry.  MAHIKI DUBAI, MAHIKI UK’s sister, has also banned fur from its premises.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Other celebrities patronising Mahiki are well-known fur hags:  RihannaLady Gaga,  Kelly Rowland,  Paris Hilton among many more. Yes, they can still go to MAHIKI but without their furs. We can only hope that the message sinks in that fur is cruel, senseless and tasteless! Rihanna No wordslady gaga Lady Gaga                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Let's get this party started! Beyoncé's former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland gave just a glimpse of her daring slashed black gown under a white fur coat as she made her way inside the event, silver diamanté mask in handKelly Rowland                              Paris HiltonParis Hilton 

For more on celebs and fur please check out my previous post:  https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/celebs-and-fur-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/ 

Let us hope that this is the start of a great trend for NIGHTCLUBS TO GO FUR FREE!                            

Read the full article @ http://7daysindubai.com/top-dubai-nightspot-mahiki-bar-entry-revellers-wearing-cruel-fur-clothing/   


PeTA PLEDGES: End the cruel fur trade in South Africa

As part of my campaign towards ending the fur trade in South Africa I have started an online pledge for those who will never buy any item containing real fur. This in turn will be used to request that retailers officially pledge to never sell items containing real fur in SA. This has been done in other places.

  • West Hollywood has banned the sale of real fur
  • There is a ban on fur in the Irish counties of Dublin and Fingal
  • Department stores in Australia have banned the sale of fur on their properties
  • Israel is in the process of implementing a TOTAL ban on the fur trade                                                                    

We want South Africa to follow this international trend. If you are interested, clicking on the photo below will take you to the pledge. Non South Africans are pledging in solidarity.                                             

PeTA has added its support to this campaign, as follows:                                                                                                                                                                                                       PeTA 

“Whether it came from an animal on a fur farm or one who was trapped in the wild, every fur coat, fur trinket, and bit of fur trim caused an animal tremendous suffering and a violent death. PETA’s more than 3 million members and supporters shun fur, as do most stylish celebrities, including Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Eva Mendes, and Kate Winslet. PETA supports the campaign to end the fur trade in South Africa. Please pledge your support today”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jg

Thank you PeTA, for your support.


As discussed in my previous post PeTA grabbed the opportunity at the Sochi Winter Olympics to protest against the barbaric fur trade (https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/russia-way-behind-on-animal-protection). Kudos to PeTA for using the clever slogan “champions don’t wear fur!” As part of this campaign two sexy PeTA “snow bunnies” braved freezing weather to let people know that “wearing the skins of animals who were beaten, electrocuted or strangled to death is unacceptable”. I have no doubt that these bunny girls caught the attention of many people. However, was it the gaze of those who like to look at good bodies or of those who were going to be persuaded to never again adorn their bodies with fur?

I totally understand that if a mature woman with a fuller figure, turned blue by the cold were to prance around in a bikini it would not have the same effect. My question though, is it appropriate to exploit women in this way to promote a campaign against the exploitation of animals in the fur industry?                   Champions Don't Wear Fur: PETA Russian Olympics Demo This is not the first time PeTA has used naked women for its cause against fur. Many models have posed for the I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign.

Rather go naked

 rather go naked! 

This poster is part of the Here is The Rest of Your Fur Coat campaign. It is a particularly powerful image, but does that justify a naked woman holding the body of a skinned animal?

Wait a minute you might say. What about all the naked men that PeTA photographs in its Ink Not Mink campaign. The message, however, in this campaign is different to those mentioned above. Please see my previous post for more information on this  (https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/male-mink-huggers-not-wimps/)

Chad Ochocinco Chooses Ink, Not Mink


The point of this initiative is to show that the pain of getting a tattoo cannot compare to the pain that foxes, minks, rabbits, coyotes, and even cats and dogs endure for the fur industry. In other words, these are tough guys. In fact some have even been charged with domestic violence!

So to come back to the question is PeTA sexist?

Well one definition of sexist  is, “attitudes, conditions, or behaviors that promote stereotyping of social roles based on gender” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/).

To me, the message PeTA is putting out in some of its anti-fur campaigns is that women are decorative and therefore will catch the eye of the public. I feel the bunny girls particularly perpetuated this stereotype.
On the other hand, the Ink Not Mink campaign indicates that even tough and rough men can choose not to wear fur. The fact that they might abuse substances and/or have restraining orders against them is not an issue. They are men after all.
I would appreciate your input on this debate, as it raises a whole range of issues. 

RUSSIA: Way behind on animal protection

PETA - PETA.org.uk  (2014)

A Message to Moscow: Throw Fur Out!

Many countries are slow to put animal protection law on the agenda. However, Russia is actively going backwards on this issue! According Mikhail Novikov, who lives in Russia, the Parliament of the Russian Federation officially condones the regime of killing of animals. Every year, officials of the Russian Federation kill more than 700 thousand homeless animals by the cheapest and cruelest methods. There are no attempts to implement sterilisation schemes to address the problem of these strays. The government remains indifferent to pleas from animal rights activists, even now with the world’s attention on Russia.

Russia dog killing

The 2014 winter Olympics is being held in the city of Sochi, southern Russia.

Close to Sochi is Pyatigorsk, which has a huge fur industry. Although China is currently the world’s largest producer of fur, there is a high demand for fur items in Russia. So PeTA has stepped in with their anti-fur campaign.

Billboards have gone up across Moscow, each one graphically illustrating how many animals are killed just to make one fur coat.

Moscow Mink PETA Moscow mink billboard with Olga Shelest Olga Shelest, model and TV presenter (who is also vegan) is the face of the campaign. She states,“My philosophy is to live my life without leaving a blood imprint on this planet. I will never wear fur, because it’s made from someone, not something.” We can only hope that The Russian government will catch up with the international trend to ban fur. Please, wherever you can, put pressure on the Russian government to change its attitudes towards non-human animals!  Here are two petitions for these voiceless beings:

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