When you think about it…that holiday sweater just may be the product of violence.

Many clothing lines use  fur when producing their products, which can be tortuous for the animals involved.

Many clothing lines use fur, such as that of angora rabbits, as a component for their materials, which can be tortuous for the animals involved.

No one wants to think their gift was produced by doing violence to a living, breathing, sentient being…yet if the sweater or scarf you’re thinking of buying is made with angora, that’s most likely how it was produced.

A tough, painful video to watch reveals how the fur from angora rabbits is harvested. No animal should go through the pain of having his/her fur ripped out in order for us to wear a sweater. When you think about it…no holiday sweater should be the product of violence. Shop responsibly and humanely this holiday season. Avoid gifts that bear witness to the pain and suffering of animals.

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Label Fur Garments Correctly

Manufacturers may soon be required to properly label garments made of fur.

Manufacturers may soon be required to properly label garments made of fur.

Consumers who want the fashionable look of fur without causing the torture and death of animals want to know if the garments they are buying are made with real or fake fur. A change to the Fur Rules will require manufacturers to correctly label garments so consumers know what they are buying.

The Federal Trade Commission will be reviewing changes to the fur rules this month. Please contact the Chairwoman of the commission before July 23 to have your voice heard.

Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
Tele. No.: 202-326-2222

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When you think about it…is fur fashion or faux pas?

Mink fur is often used in today's fashion.

Mink fur is often used in today’s fashion.

We see celebrities wearing the fur of chinchillas, mink, lynx, rabbit, fox, and more. We find inexpensive clothing trimmed in animal fur. We can even buy fur toys for our furry companion animals made of another animal’s skin. Wouldn’t it be more compassionate to see the fur on the original owner? Fur is not a fashion statement. Rather it is a statement that the wearer does not know of the plight of animals killed for their skin or doesn’t care that extreme suffering went into creating their fashion. Fur is torture; fur is frightening; fur is death. Show your respect for fur by making sure you never wear the coat of another living, breathing, sentient being. Fur is never fashion; it’s not even faux pas. When you think about it… fur is fatal.

Travel Article Should not Glorify Killing

Trapping wild animals like this marmot for the fur trade is simply barbaric!

Trapping wild animals like this marmot for the fur trade is simply barbaric!

Glorifying fur trapping is barbaric. Few would expect, therefore, to find an article in a travel magazine that does just that. AFAR Magazine recently published a story on Quebec City by travel journalist Jennifer Kahn in which she glorifies fur trapping and marvels at pelts from beavers, wolves, ermines, and lynx.

Millions of animals are trapped and killed each year for their skins and fur—animals sacrificed so their bodies can be used as fashion statements. No animal should be sacrificed for fashion.

Trappers use one of three types of traps: the most popular is the steel-jaw leghold trap, but the Conibear® and snare traps are also used. Not one of these trapping methods is considered humane; not one of them instantly kills the trapped animal; and not one of these traps should still be used in today’s society. Animals caught in any of these traps are ensnared in excruciating pain until the trapper returns to bludgeon, suffocate, or shoot the animal before skinning him or her.

Hours could pass, or days, or sometimes even weeks before a trapper returns to check the traps. Many times, the entangled animals die from exposure to extreme weather, predation, or starvation. Desperate, panicking animals have been known to break bones, including legs, backs, and necks trying to escape. Some—particularly mothers—attempt to chew off their legs in an attempt to return home to their babies.

Please send a polite note to the magazine expressing your concern about their carrying a story that glorifies the killing of animals for fashion. Suggest, instead, they carry stories of wild animals in their natural setting as that is the humane way to enjoy the coats of beavers, wolves, ermines, lynx, and other fur-bearing animals.

Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, Executive Vice President
Bryan Kinkade, Vice President
AFAR Magazine
25 W. 45th St, Suite 1208
New York, NY 10036
Tele. No.: 646-430-9880
Fax: 212-382-3559
E-mail: ellen@afar.com
E-mail: bryan@afar.com

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Will Canada end seal hunting?

Seal clubbing is anathema to a humane and civilized people.

Canada has the opportunity to end commercial seal slaughter today. Canadian senator Mac Harb has introduced S 210, an Act to Amend the Fisheries Act (commercial seal fishing). This bill would disallow the issuance of commercial licenses for seal fishing except for those issued to aboriginal organizations or to persons who have a claims agreement.

With markets declining in both Europe and Russia, the price of seal pelts has decreased and the commercial industry is worth only a fraction of what it once was. While those are economic reasons for ending the commercial slaughter of Canadian seals, the humane reasons should not be overlooked. Thousands of baby seals are clubbed to death annually. Such slaughter should never be condoned. Hunting, for other than subsistence reasons , is anathema to a humane and civilized people.

Canadian citizens, please contact you legislators and let them know you support Senator Harb’s bill, S 210. Readers not in Canada should also contact legislators to make them aware that anti-seal hunting sentiments are worldwide.

West Hollywood Finalizes Fur Ban

Paws Up!

To the West Hollywood City Council for finalizing a ban on the sale of fur all retail stores within their municipality.

The City Council of West Hollywood tentatively adopted a ban of the sale of fur products earlier this year on September 20, but the matter was complicated by stiff opposition from the fur industry and the area Chamber of Commerce. According to a news article, “The five-member City Council of the tiny, tony municipality wedged between Beverly Hills and Hollywood voted 3-to-1 with one abstention to endorse the ordinance, which would take effect in 2013, said City Councilman John Heilman, who voted ‘no.’”

Photo by Oikeutta Elaimille/Flickr

Over 30 million animals are raised in captivity and killed for their fur each year, and 10 million or more are trapped and killed from the wild. Minks, chinchillas, foxes, rabbits, even dogs and cats are kept in confinement to harvest their pelts. While living in such small spaces, they often develop chronic pacing behaviors in their cages known as stereotypies, commonly develop habits of self-injury, and suffer an unnaturally stressful living environment. The stress of mass confinement for animals such as foxes can even lead them to exhibit cannibalism.

It is important that we work to cultivate an awareness of the products we use and if they contain animal products. Often, fur invokes the thought of a expensive fur coat, but animal pelts are frequently used to trim and line bags, gloves, upholstery, and other accessories and apparel. Check labels to verify that products contain all man-made or non-leather materials, as sometimes cheap-seeming fur that can appear fake is often low grade far from substandard fur farms.

Take Action: Join us in observing Fur-Free Friday by taking a stand against fur this Friday after Thanksgiving and pledging not to purchase fur and other products containing animal pelts now and throughout the year. Write a letter of thanks to the West Hollywood City Council to applaud the new precedent they have set for compassionate legislation, and write legislators in your district and urge them to introduce similar legislation in your area.

Mayor John J. Duran
West Hollywood City Council
(323) 848-6460
Email: ccouncil@weho.org

Time Magazine

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Fur Flies off the Runway

Paws Up!
To Seoul, South Korea, for forcing fur off the catwalk at next month’s fashion event.

According to a recent news story, “Seoul is forcing Italian fashion house Fendi to leave fur off the catwalk of its largest show in Asia due to protests.”

Fur belongs on the animal for whom it is a natural covering and not on the bodies of runway models. Fur is not a fashion statement; it is a death sentence to millions of animals either farm raised and slaughtered or trapped in the wild.

Take Action: The most important action you can take is to never wear fur, either as a full garment or trim. In addition, you can write to the ambassador from South Korea to the United States, letting him know you applaud Seoul’s decision to keep fur off the fashion runway.

The Honorable Han Duk-soo
South Korean Embassy
2450 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008-2850
Tele. No.: 202-939-5600


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