Help us stop mink eyelashes being falsely advertised as ‘cruelty-free’
If you see real mink fur eyelashes on sale described as ‘cruelty-free’ or ‘humane’ in store or online, then please let us know.
We have registered complaints with the Advertising Standards Agency about a number of online eyelash sellers over the false description of their real mink fur eyelashes as ‘cruelty free’.
Here is an example of the type of false advertising being used:
“Our mink lashes are made from 100% natural and individually selected mink fur hairs that have been harvested by gently brushing live animals from Russia. We would like to stress that no animals are ever harmed in this process. Our mink lashes are completely cruelty free.”
We have managed to get this particular case removed, but there are still many others out there.
Let’s be clear, there is no assurance able to be given about the standards of the conditions in which the mink are kept, records of veterinary inspections or, importantly, the method of restraint when harvesting the furs that have supposedly been ‘gently brushed’ from live animals. There is no national or international certification available that objectively denotes the production of real mink fur eyelashes as cruelty free.
E mail Respect at: email@example.com
Title your e mail – Mink Eyelash Hotline
‘Morally bankrupt’ fur trade in financial crisis
Saga Furs, one of the most prominent bodies of the global fur trade, has recently recorded a ‘clearly negative’ operating result. According to Saga Furs latest financial statement, the company’s total sales fell by 28% on the previous year, as the price level of mink and fox skins fell by 24% and 20%respectively. World mink production is also estimated to have fallen by 20% in 2018.
Comparing the most recent financial statistics with those five years ago, Respect for Animals can reveal the extent of Saga’s problems. In the period between November 2012 to October 2013, the operating profit before taxes was 26.7 million Euros. In the period between November 2017 and October 2018 the company lost 1.7 million Euros.
In a candid revelation, the company has been forced to admit that the fur industry ‘faces image problems in the western market’.
However, parts of the financial report will sicken those who care more about animals than financial statistics. The number of pelts sold during the 12 months between November 2017 and October 2018 was over 9.3 million.
Mark Glover said: “These figures prove that the anti-fur campaign has this multi-billion dollar industry on the run. But there is no room for complacency. Tens of millions of animals are still being killed each year to meet the demands of this dreadful trade. We still have much to do.”
Confirming the financial woes of the fur trade, Kopenhagen Furs, the world’s largest fur auction house and owned by Danish fur breeders, has just ended its first auction of 2019, recording an average price of 160 Danish Kroner (£19). This suggests a serious economic outlook for the fur industry, given that skin must sell for around 300 Kroner (£35) for a fur breeder to break even.
Thank you for your support.
For the animals,
The Respect for Animals team