100 Days of Fur: Day 50

To read the full story on the 100 Days of Fur experiment, click here.

I am officially half way through my experiment, and thankfully there has been very little to report. Although it doesn’t make for much good blog reading. I walked the dog today up in the mountains in a new-to-me vintage white rabbit coat, which was very warm and cosy. Fur has really become a part of my every day life, and although I miss some of my non-fur coats (who are feeling quite neglected right now), there has not been a moment this winter where I have been cold.

I will be going to Montreal at the end of this week, and I guess that will be the ultimate fur test. Vancouver can get cold, but it isn’t necessary to wear fur the entire winter, whereas in Montreal, fur can be a lifesaver. One of my favourite quotes from a Montreal-based fur council employee was “I used to hate winter until I bought a fur coat and an SUV. Now I love it.” Looking forward to putting my furs to the ultimate cold-weather test!

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79 thoughts on “100 Days of Fur: Day 50

  1. Wow, this is one of the most disgusting and embarrassing quotes I’ve ever heard: “I used to hate winter until I bought a fur coat and an SUV. Now I love it.”
    Really? You like to brag about murdering animals and destroying the environment? People like that and experiments like this make me want to lose faith in humanity. But I refuse to. Eventually minds will change and hearts will open. They have to.

  2. Fur is biodegradable, sustainable, local, and long lasting. What do you wear in the winter? What are the ethical alternatives to fur?

    • How is fur biodegradable and long lasting? It sounds contridicting. How many non-biodegratable things have to go into that skin so that its not rotting on your shoulders??

      • The main product used in dressing fur is alum salts, which is biodegradable. There are hardly any chemicals, unless you buy something that is bleached and dyed, and most fur comes in its natural state. And are you going to argue that it isn’t long lasting? How many fleece jackets last 40 years, and retain value?

  3. There are so, so, so many eco-friendly murder-free alternatives to fur. For example, http://www.vautecouture.com/c-2-coats.aspx ; recycled fabrics, cruelty free. Local fur? Most of the world’s fur comes from China, where animals (including dogs and cats) are electrocuted and skinned alive. If there’s nothing wrong with fur, you won’t mind watching this video from the documentary “Earthlings”

    • Recycled fabrics? How about recycling fur, which is longer lasting than most fabrics. Or rather than needing recycling, wear the same fur coat for 20 years. That is eco-friendly.

      Yes, some fur comes from China, but not all of it. In the same way that we can make educated choices about our meat (free-range chicken vs battery) or chocolate (fair trade), we can make informed choices about our fur, and buy from sources that follow regulations.

      And with regards to killing the animals, the Humane Society fought FOR YEARS to make electrocution the method used to kill animals in farming. It is because it is humane. And skinning alive doesn’t happen in the fur industry, it only happens when PETA pays someone to do it, for the sole purpose of making a video to use against the fur industry. Here is why:

      1 – it is highly unethical and illegal
      2 – the person skinning is at risk of being attacked, bitten, or scratched by the animal, so it is unsafe. Why not just kill the animal first?
      3 – a beating heart means blood being pumped all over the place. This results in the pelt being ruined by blood, which completely defeats the purpose of the fur trade.
      4 – according to PETA’s video (there has been no research done by the fur industry in skinning animals alive, it is simply not an option) it took upwards of 30 minutes to skin the animal, while a dead animal gets skinned in less than 5 minutes.

      I’d suggest you do some real research into the fur trade before you start making false claims about animals being killed alive, and violence. Learn the facts.

      • I agree, skinning an animal alive is incredibly useless, which is why I’m shocked every time a video of it happening. The claim that PETA would pay someone to skin an animal alive is absolutely ridiculous, so I won’t bother refuting that.
        Sure, electrocution may be more humane than other methods of agonizing murder (god forbid they spend money on humanely euthanizing these beautiful animals with the proceeds they get from selling $10,000 coats). The most humane option of all would be to NOT KILL THEM. Animals do not exist for human consumption. It’s 2011- there is absolutely no need for a human being to wear fur from an innocent animal raised on a fur farm. Maybe in 1850 it made sense. To wear it today is selfish, vain, and tragic.

      • Have a look at petakillsanimals.com

        And the main farmed animal is mink, which is killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. Electrocution is only for larger animals, which make up a very small percentage of the fur trade. Maybe you’d like to address a meat blog instead? The meat industry uses 12 billion animals a year, all killed by electrocution, while fur uses 7-8 million (North American statistics.)

        And you are wrong, animals do exist, in part for human consumption. We have been consuming them since the beginning of time, and it is part of the food chain. Next you’ll say that lions and dogs should become vegetarians too.

        With regards to fur being selfish, vain, and tragic, perhaps you’d like to visit some of the remote ares in the North of Canada where people live off the land, and they depend on the fur trade for their survival (wild fur accounts for one third of the Canadian fur trade.) And many of the fur farmers are in ares very far north too. They did it hundreds of years ago, they did it in 1850, and they do it today. What do you suggest they do? Get an office job? Move to the city? You are the one who is being selfish here.

        As we explained in our About section, this blog is not to debate the ethics of fur, it is to discuss the fashion side of fur. So please direct any further comments to http://www.FURisGREEN.com.

      • Trust me, I address many many a meat blog. However, I can understand how people still defend meat eating (though I do not). Fur is something I will never, ever understand. Lions and dogs have bodies that are made for meat consumption. Their short digestion tracks make it easy to process the fats and toxins from meat. Have you ever heard of a lion having a heart attack? But I digress, this isn’t a discussion about the health benefits of veganism.

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the point of many of these posts was to assess the current reaction to fur by wearing it for 100 days? If not, why is it mentioned so frequently that fur must be acceptable again because the wearer isn’t experiencing negative comments?

        And as for the fur traders in Northern Canada- I have no sympathy for anyone whose financial wellbeing depends on unnecessary death and torture.

      • Comparing how we treat animals to a natural food chain makes no sense at all. We eat meat by choice, we are intelligent beings and we are fully aware of the harm we are causing by killing animals. Lions chase gazelles out of instinct, they do it to survive. They do not attack the gazelle to inflict pain, they don’t even know what pain is. There are millions of different foods that humans can eat to survive off. If you want to talk about being ‘green’ yet it is well known that the meat industry is the number one cause of Global warming. you idiot.

    • I feel warm and happy that I know I am wearing something that is made in Canada, is local, is sustainable, and is biodegradable. Oh yes, and most of my fur is second hand. You probably can’t the the same about your winter coat.

      • Second hand fur is the least offensive option to me, so I commend you for that. I’d rather see someone wear that rather than contribute more money to the industry while having the used coat thrown away.

    • Why is it that people use the terms animal’s skin only when it comes to fur?? Never heard those “arguments” when it comes to leather, suede, shearling.
      So by your standards, more than 90% of the population is mean and selfish… That’s the way to get your vegan message accross!!! You got me convinced now!

      • Yeah, because this is the only place where I’ve hear this comment/argument before! haha Honestly, you vegan guys need to do better with your comments, it’s pretty repetitive. Peta got you brainwashed to the point that you can only repeat their slogans

      • Every time I read a “oh you complain about fur, what about the cows that died for your leather??” comment (which seems to be most people’s reaction to any kind of anti-fur demonstration), all I see is defensiveness. That’s like saying oh, you’re doing a food drive for the homeless in your city? What about starving Ethiopians? Most anti-fur proponents don’t buy leather, but it’s not feasible to protest every single thing at once. Change takes time, we don’t expect to transform the world overnight. Fur, however, seems the easiest to conquer, as it is the most impossible to justify.

      • No, fur is the easiest to go after because it is all small businesses who don’t have the means to protect each other. They are easy victims, and the vegans and animal rights activists don’t have the strength, or the guts, to go after Safeway, but the can easily destroy a small family run business. Do you treat your meat-eating friends like you would someone who eats fur?

        And the worst thing is that most of you haven’t even properly done the research. I haven’t heard a single valid, true argument amongst these comments.

        I respect someone whose choice it is not to consume animals or their by-products, but don’t go and tell other people how they should live their lives, especially when it is done using ridiculous, false arguments, and terms like “selfish.”

      • To me, taking a life unnecessarily is selfish regardless of the defense. It’s not even one life, it can be up to 100 if we’re talking mink. More like 40 if we’re talking rabbit fur. It’s kind of crazy to suggest that vegans don’t take on large corporations, because I’m pretty sure we get attacked for that all the time. I’ve attended protests against McDonald’s, which to my knowledge isn’t a small family run business. Trust me, we’re afraid of nothing besides cruelty.

        I assume that by “treats someone who eats fur,” you mean treats someone who wears fur unless there’s another whole horrific industry I’m unaware of. I don’t treat friends poorly regardless of their lifestyle, because I don’t think that’s the way to accomplish anything. I offer education to anyone I know who still condones fur or meat, but in a gentle manner. However, if a friend of mine had a blog entirely dedicated to defending meat as an ethical choice, I would be quite vocal about it.

        I can’t comprehend how a person who has a dog as a pet, who I presume you love, could be comfortable wearing numerous skins of a different animal. How is a pet dog different from a fox? A pet cat different from a lynx? This I will never understand.

      • So what happens to the thousands of Canadians who have been trapping fur for the past hundred of years, if we abolish the fur trade? Their livelihoods are lost, but that’s ok to save a few animals?

        My pet dog is different to a wild fox in that I have a relationship with her. I don’t cry if I hear of a child in Iraq whose mother has died, because I don’t have a personal relationship with them. But I’d cry if my own mother died. And a dog is a dog. While I love her to pieces, she doesn’t take precedence over a human being.

        And so far, I am afraid you aren’t offering education, you are repeating facts that have come from EPTA and other biased sources. Don’t listen to me either because I am biased too. Go visit some fur frms and meet some trappers and see for yourself.

        By the way, do you have a car? Here is an interesting statistic about the fur industry in Canada: About twice as many unwanted pets are put down in humane shelters, ten times more animals are killed on Canadian highways.

        It seems so pointless to try and convince people to give up animal products altogether, you are going against 97% of the population. Why not use your energy to educate people to make better decision, like buying fairtrade, free range, organic, biodegradable, etc… Choices that are better for the environment. You aren’t going to get very far telling people to give up meat, for example, but telling them the benefits of buying free-range organic chicken over battery chicken will certainly sway a few people. Campaigns like that work much better than telling someone they can never buy a leather shoe again or eat a burger again. And you’d have far more people on side.

      • Your arguments are laughable, not to mention truly pathetic.

        Your notion that economics and fashion transcends slavery, cruelty and genocide is beyond the pale. Going with your justification, we should also not stop war because ‘thousands of people would lose their livelihood’. Do not try and dissociate the two either, as both industries prosper on the loss of life.

        The way you attempt justify the fur industry’s existence for the mere sake of such human frivolities like fashion makes me weep for humanity. I have no doubt, however, that one day that something will reawaken the compassion inside of you and will see that your current mindset is ‘down there’ with war advocates, slave owners and racist bigots.

      • I’m also slightly confused, because in your Day 1 post you say “Just like animal rights activists shouldn’t stand outside Safeway and scream at people buying steaks,” but here you say we don’t have the guts to take on the big corporations like Safeway. So which is it? We do protest Safeway or we don’t?

      • That’s a type, it should read “don’t stand outside Safeway.” Will change it now. Protest wherever you want.

    • Angela, do you know what the definition of sustainable is? perhaps look it up in the dictionary before you make yourself out to look, well, totally uneducated. Fur is sustainable.

  4. there are so many other options for warmth during the winter and you dont have to wear a dead animal on yourself.honestly its tacky and unnecessary.its called layers.ive been to plenty of colder climates and never needed to wear the skin of another living creature to keep warm.and if youre trying to be “fashionable” im pretty sure fur went out of style in the 80s.

    • Layers of what? Wool? Look at the wool industry and see how the sheep are treated. Synthetics? Made from chemicals and usually by-products of oil. Cotton? There are 8,000 chemicals involved in the processing of cotton. And no amount of layers of that works as well as a fur coat in minus 20, not to mention minus 40 and 50, in some parts of Canada.

      And look at the catwalks, based on the amount of fur being paraded own the runway, I don’t think it is out of fashion at all.

      As I explained already, this blog is not intended for a debate on the ethics of fur, so please direct any further comments to furisgreen.com.

      • Sorry, kiddo, but if you’re going to put yourself out there, you should expect comments. Not everyone’s going to agree with you all the time, so… if you can’t take the heat…

        Anyway – most people who love animals don’t give a flying flip about what is or isn’t on the runway. And buying ethical clothing is very, very easy these days – even wool. (Yes, EVEN WOOL.)

        I’m glad your fur is “reclaimed” – it’s much less of a waste and, you’re right, much better for the environment. Wearing reclaimed things always is, animal or not.

        But if you hated winter before you bought an SUV and wore fur… maybe you should consider a change in geography instead of junking up the environment?

      • Farms that “mass produce” animals for greedy human consumption are NOT green. Factory farms contaminate the environment.

      • So what are you suggesting Rowdybliss? That we all go out there and grow our own veggies, keep our own farm animals, grow our own fields of cotton and hemp for our clothing? It would take an awfull ot of our time, not to mention the land required. Most of us have jobs, I know I wouldn’t have the time. It is so easy to forget when we nip out to the shops to buy our tee shirt or ready meal, that an awfull lot of people are out there doing for you what you can’t do yourself in order to keep you alive and comfortable. Don’t knock them unless you are prepared to give up your life and do it all yourself. It is a sad state, but unfortumately a reality, that we can’t feed and clothe the large human populations in out towns and cities without concentrating food and clothing production into intense, efficient farms. Small scale farming exists and is the desireable option, but all of them put together wouldn’t provide for us all.

    • Fur is not green? Really? You might like to consider this then. You or I could go out today, kill and skin enough rabbits to make a fur coat for ourselves. We could prepare the skins, cure them, stitch them, and keep ourselves warm and comfortable with the final coat. It is not difficult to do, I could do it, and if you don’t know how, I could very quickly show you and you would pick it up very fast. All this could be done with zero impact on the environment, an equivelent number of rabbits would be born probably even before you had finished the coat, and the “chemicals” used for the tanning would all be natural and break down easily back into the environment. It is natural in every sense of the word

      You could not make yourself a cotton coat in the same way. You would first have to grow your own cotton which would take time, habitat destruction, an immense amountt of irrigation, and and a lot of effort. And as for Synthetic fibre….you’d first have to drill your oil well!!! and THEN you would have to make all the machinery to crack the oil and transform it into fibre using some pretty obnoxious chemicals in the process. None of it is natural

      I could go on, but you surely must get the picture!

  5. This is disgusting!
    How can you even live with yourself KNOWING that what you’re wearing was once living and breathing, until it was murdered for this apparent fashion.
    There are other alternatives that can be used, so why not use them if they’re there?

  6. Oh goody!! Animal-rights activists doing their favorite activity: trying to convince people that they are cruel, slefish blah blah blah because they don’t want to adhere to their (extreme) point of view. I know there is no point trying to have a discussion with vegans, so I’ll say this:
    “Most of the furs come from China..” Let’s take a second to clear that up because animal-rights activists really got you all confused…
    Most of the furs are MANUFACTURED in China. China is the biggest fur buyer for quality fur producing countries as Canada, USA, Russia and Northern European countries. And you can tell a Chinese-manufactured garment from one made in Canada. The quality of craftsmanship is different. No comparison.
    And the other (non) issue.. skinning the animals alive. So even after you now know that HSUS’ position is that electrocution is the most humane method to kill animals.. you want to argue that it’s not. So what’s more humane way to die than instant death? What is tragic is that people REALLY want to believe that animals are treated inhumanely, which proves that you don’t know much about professionnal animal care (because you know better than veterinarian recommended practices, right..)
    You want to be a vegan, fine with me. But you can’t equate animal use with “abuse of the innocent” and “murder”. That’s a bit juvenile. I’m not a big fan of extreme positions as the one in Earthlings. The answer is not to stop using animals, it is to be responsible and humane in the way we make a use of them.

    • “So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? …Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
      – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

      Extreme action is the only thing that can accomplish significant change in this dirty world.

    • Wow Alice did you really watch Earthlings- the whole way through? I would be so proud of you if you did. I would recommend The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle and The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J Adams. Did you ever question why we look at a companion animal and treat it like part of our family but look at another animal and view it as food? HSUS is not for animal rights but for animal welfare- there is a difference.

    • “The answer is not to stop using animals, it is to be responsible and humane in the way we make a use of them.”

      You lost me at “using animals.” Animals are not ours to “use.”

    • right..

      “you can’t equate animal use with “abuse of the innocent” and “murder”.”

      welp, theres a flawed statement if i ever did see one. never has an animal come up to me and said “i think id look fucking pristine if i were draped around your neck! why not skin me and we’ll call it a day. oh and my brother? his tail would look lush if it were hanging from your purse. give him the knife too.”

      there is no consent, so stop being so damned ignorant. once an animal’s heart flatlines on account of a human being selfish, its murder. no matter how “humane” its labelled.

      if you think your coat is beautiful, imagine how beautiful the animal was. you argued that you have a relationship with your dog and not the animals you wear, so fur is justifiable. but doesnt what you’re saying just perpetuate ignorance?

      just because you dont have a relationship with the animal youre wearing, doesnt make it okay.
      youre dead set on seeing everything two dimensionally, when that isnt the case. whats hanging in your closet isnt just a coat. theres one hell of a backstory, and im sure what you think you know about it is in fact wrong.

      we vegans and animal rights activists care about issues like this because its not just something to shrug shoulders at. what you feel for your dog at home, we feel for every animal, and that’s why we’re mad. we have the ability to care for hundreds of completely different species while co-existing, but your endless greed and inability to feel anything disrupts that harmony.

      to conclude:
      i have no faith in you as a human being. and i stand firm when i say that every animal abuser will get theirs.

      • I couldn’t care less if you have faith in me as a human being or not. Your beliefs are your own, mine are mine. If you want to use threatening and insulting means to get your message across, then you are an idiot. The fact is, fur is making a comeback, and nothing you and your vegan friends do will change that. I am in London for fashion week right now, and there is fur everywhere, on the catwalks, an most importantly, on all the fashion show guests. It never used to be like this in previous years. And the New York fashion shows were FULL of fur. I am sorry to say, but you are fighting a losing battle, and commenting on this pro-fur blog is not going to help your cause.

  7. No its not ok to wear real fur- second hand or store bought direct from China. When you wear second hand fur you are still promoting the cruel fashion of wearing fur. I would rather give the second hand fur a burial. Would you wear a human’s skin if you found it in a thrift store? Besides most furs contain toxic chemicals used to preserve the skin of the animal otherwise it would smell like roadkill- sexy right? I have issues with faux fur that is made to look real. I’m happy with faux fur that looks fake- hot pink, more fuzzy than hairy. Another problem is that it is legal to label real fur as faux fur- you have to look at what the fur is attached to- if it looks like skin then its real, if its fabric then its faux.

  8. I suggest that if you really want to be thorough with your experiment so that when you write a book or whatever it is you’re going to do when you’re done with this, you should actually go visit a fur farm and assist with the killing and skinning of the animals.

    After all, a good experiment is well-researched.

    • I don’t have to visit a fur farm as part of “my experiment” because I visited a fur farm before I even began my experiment. I wanted to see first hand whether animals were being treated as well as the Fur Council told me they were. And I was shocked at how happy the little creatures were and how well they are treated. This is not factory farming, this is small farmers with a few hundred animals, people who have been living off the land for generations.

      I wasn’t there during the harvest, but I’d happily go back at that time. The minks are put into a box and they pass out after ten seconds, and die after a minute. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very peaceful way to die. And with regards to the skinning that takes place after, I don’t have a problem watching that either. I eat meat, I have farmers in my family, and I understand the process involved to get my fur coat on my back or my chicken breast on the table. I’d suggest YOU go to a fur farm and then decide if they are as cruel as you suggest.

      • are you saying that all the people that died in gas chambers during the holocaust went out peaceful?? It’s the same exact thing. it’s 2011..get with it, buy faux.

        ps

        that outfit is the worst thing i’ve ever seen.

      • If you honestly think minks raised and killed for their fur is comparable to the holocaust, which was an attempt at the extermination of an entire race, then you are clearly not well in the head. Pass this comment on to some of your jewish friends and ask them what they think.

      • Um, I’m Jewish, and I agree with Djminatek. Most of the people executed in the Holocaust were to weak and dehumanized to resist.

        But yeah, you keep justifying wearing your “fashion.”

      • I call B.S.

        I can’t imagine anyone with even a little bit of compassion visiting a fur farm and still thinking “yay, fur.” I’ve been to slaughterhouses, and it is the #1 reason why I am a vegetarian.

        I don’t think you’ve visited a fur farm at all.

        And I don’t give a crap about people who make a living killing animals for fur. There just isn’t a need for it anymore, and there are plenty of other vocations on this planet to choose from.

      • Then perhaps you’d like to suggest some “vocations” for people living in very remote areas up North where there are no big companies, factories, etc.. to work for. They are doing the same job as their ancestors, yet you think they should change vocation. It is ignorant people like you that help our cause, just the mere suggestion that Canadians should give up the trade that our country was founded on will give the fur industry more and more support.

        And yes, I visited a mink farm. I’ve also been to a freerange chicken farm, and it wasn’t that different. Believe what you want, but maybe you should visit a farm and then decide if you think it is so cruel.

        Is it possible to get an animal rights activist, or vegan, who can actually post a comment that is intelligent, well-researched, and not insulting to the thousands of aboriginal people in our country? You disgust me.

      • Once upon a time the United States relied on slave labor to produce the bulk of its food and clothing. To slave owners the idea of giving up the free labor from beings they considered inferior and property seemed like an insult- how dare they try to take away our livelihood, the way we feed our families, the way our forefathers existed. Sometimes people have to abandon convenience and tradition and ignore what has worked in the past in favor of progress, morality, righteousness and compassion.

      • And as far as the research you request, I’m not sure we can do more than provide you links to articles and videos that you deem to be nonsense. I’m sure there are horrific farms and I’m sure there are less horrific farms, like the ones you’ve visited. However, no amount of research will ever convince me that there is any justification for taking hundreds of beautiful, intelligent lives for fashion and comfort, when there are so many alternatives. Have you ever seen a mountain climber reach the top of Mt. Everest in a fur coat? Clearly there are other more suitable materials to keep you warm.

      • I’m saddened that you can find humor in such a tragic situation. I can’t find humor, but I do find it ironic that a google image search of the word “sherpa” seems to turn up with zero pictures of a sherpa wearing fur. It did, however, lead me to http://www.sherpaadventuregear.com, a company whose fur-free climbing gear is inspired by materials approved by sherpas. From what I can tell, it looks like any sherpa with access to materials outside of their own community has chosen to upgrade out of fur into more suitable gear. I’m not trying to invade a small town in a Tibetan village with no access to the outside world and take away fur if that’s all that keeps them alive, but I find that scenario to be quite drastically different from a girl in a modern western country who clearly has alternatives yet still is willing to wear 40 dead bodies on her back.

  9. Hey, so I’m Vegan and I just read these comments…. I’m really disappointed! All of these comments are full of hate… come on now people, that’s not the way to get your point across. Yes, wearing fur is “wrong” but we should communicate this in an efficient, friendly way rather than being rude about it. In the end, we can’t control people, much less what they wear.

    • I generally agree, especially when insults and name-calling are involved. I don’t, however, have a problem with people passionately explaining the cruel truths of the fur industry. For most people, learning of the existence of a blog like this is devastating, so I think anger is only natural. I try to keep personal attacks out of the conversation, but I don’t have a problem with stating that wearing fur is selfish and vain, because it is. I’m glad we have vegans with all different kinds of mindsets and approaches though, it keeps people from labeling and stereotyping us.

  10. “And I was shocked at how happy the little creatures were and how well they are treated.”

    http://humanityy.com/ecology/animal-protection/shocking-facts-about-fur/
    I’m sure they are “well-treated” just how slaughtered animals are “humanely killed” – when inspectors come to visit after notifying a plant. First of all a “humane kill” is a complete contradiction. There is nothing kind about murder, even if the animal (as some falsely think) doesn’t feel anything. How would you like it of someone treated you “nicely” and then killed and skinned you (not necessarily in that order). Would you be happy that you were treated “in a happy little metal box cage” because, of course, that totally cancels out the fact that someone or something was about to take your life?

    And the fact that people claim anti-fur activists are hypocrites for not talking about leather, suede, or meat-eating shows that you have a guilty conscience, deep down, for supporting all of the above.

    • Blah, blah blah. I hear these same old arguments over and over again, and see the same stupid videos which DO NOT reflect the fur trade in Canada. It is boring to argue with you guys, no one has anything new to say, and most of you are silly enough to believe the skinning alive argument, which shows you haven’t actually done any research on your own, you just eat what PETA feeds you.

      If you want to live in a world that doesn’t kill animals, then fine. Try and achieve that. But you’ll have to convince the world to give up cars, pets, meat, fish, leather, and the millions of chemicals that do FAR more damage to the environment that the killing of a few million animals a year for the fur trade. Go ahead, and try. In the meantime, I am going to focus my energies on promoting one of the few Canadian fashion-related industries that is 100% local, and is biodegradable, sustainable, and produces a product that is long lasting.

  11. How can one justify the creation and inevitable slaughter of millions of innocent animals for an entirely unnecessary industry? Assuming that the killing conditions are as humane as possible, that still cannot account for the unwarranted death of so many creatures. There is no excuse for this unbelievably wasteful show of human arrogance.

    This is a deplorable project.

  12. I feel like the only one that is uneducated in their view here is the blog owner. All you do is defend your point with the same arguments and “PETA brainwashing” (there happen to be a bunch of other AR organizations out there). Which is what you are accusing the activists of.

    Your ignorance on the topic of animal rights is glaringly obvious. If you really believe that what you are doing is right/good then you wouldn’t be constantly deflecting the argument to other topics.

    Trust me, AR activists are VERY well versed in ALL of the topics: animals used for food, animals used for testing, animals used for clothing, animals used in captivity (circuses/zoos), etc., We can’t tackle every one of those topics in every post here to prove our extensive knowledge. Nor should we try because that’s not what this blog is about.

    I believe that if you had really done your research on the topic of fur, you wouldn’t be wearing it.

    • I am most definitely not well-versed on the topic of animal rights, but I am extremely well-versed on the fur industry in Canada, and quite familiar with the fur industry in North American and Europe. The fur trade in those countries is regulated, not inhumane, and sustainable. Fur is also biodegradable, and in my case, local. I am PROUD to be involved in this industry.

      And yes, I often do have to defend my point with the same arguments, because I am getting the same comments over and over again.

      Anyway, I am bored of you all. I will continue to buy fur and support fur, and if you can find a valid reason why the fur trade in Canada should be abolished, then go and campaign the government to do so.

      • Way to deflect the argument… again.

        And yes, most of us are currently and will continue to campaign to the Canadian government (and others as well) to put an end to the fur trade.

  13. How can it be said that wearing the skin of another creature God created on your back, when it’s not a necessity considering the materials we have access to now, is okay?
    One way I look at it is, if you’re not comfortable with doing the actual deed of killing the animal and taking it’s fur yourself, than you have no business buying it at a store.

    • Animals aren’t skinned alive, not for the fur trade. Read through my other comments to understand why. And stop believing all the crap that PETA feeds you.

    • It depends, do you have good skin? 😉 Just kidding. Killing animals is not the same as killing humans. Or at least I don’t think so. I don’t get upset when I eat steak, kill a mouse living in my house, or step on a bug. But if you think animals are equal to humans, then perhaps you’d like to start by addressing the automobile industry. Ten times more animals are killed on highways (road kill) than are killed in the fur trade.

      The fur trade in Canada not only supports people living in remote areas up North, who don’t have other job prospects, but it also guarantees that those wildlife areas are protected from being turned into oil fields (to make synthetic fabrics for your fleece jackets) or into farms (to grow soy, to make your vegan burgers.) It has been part of our heritage for thousands of years, and we have no plans to give it up because of a few animal rights activists think it is bad.

  14. Errr……….. They’re dead, Guest, ….they are just as cold now as if they were dead and still with their fur on. Oh ! I see… you must have thought they had been skinned alive and are still running around without their fur! No Guest, they are dead….gone….they dont feel anything any more.

  15. Yasmine….just a thought. Lots of people are doing the standard negatives…’dead animal’, ‘skinned alive’, arguments.
    Just to remind all how bad PETA looked in killing all the animals in its ‘care’ at dog homes because they cost too much to keep. Hypovcritical or not, its factual. Even PETA has its own double standards.
    Vegetables are composed of living cells that die without nutrients etc once pulled from the soil / tree etc. Its just how big / small the cell / organism is.
    Fact – we all need some sort of fuel inside of us to function – try starvation – its not a healthy option hoping osmosis from air to keep us alive.
    Hence – pick your cell line to valiently defend, but keep it quiet, cos we all try a cell line one way or another.

  16. Rabbit? Really? Because I bet you it was a stray cat someone found in an alley, and sold to the fur trappers. You are sick.

  17. You know who would have had better wear out of the fur you are wearing? The animals that it came from. They didn’t volunteer to become your fur coat. Would you wear a the dead skin of a human? You are in a 1st world country, and there is no way you can justify your actions by saying, look Inuits do it too! Why don’t you do what they do, and make your own coat? Stare at that animal, and then take it’s life away.

  18. This is absolutely disgusting! Did you know sometimes rabbits are put into crates and gassed with hot, unfiltered truck exhaust, and even then sometimes it’s not lethal? The rabbits WAKE UP during skinning. How would you feel if you woke up and someone was skinning you ALIVE! I hope the rabbits you are wearing make you happy, because lives were taken in order for you to wear it. Congratulations, you’re as bad as Hitler.

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