Day: May 20, 2021

Lombardy and its right-wing populist hunters!

Report of the “Committee against Bird Murder”-19.05.

Right-wing populists in Lombardy kneel in front of the poacher lobby:
The right-wing “Lega”, which is in government in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, wants to soften the already hunting-friendly regulations for the protection of migratory birds with a draft law that has now been presented.

The main point of the amendment to the law is the abolition of controls on live decoys.
In migratory bird hunting – thrushes and skylarks can still be shot in Italy today – hunters are dependent on the use of live decoys.

Since bird trapping has been banned, hunters have theoretically had to resort to bred birds.
But the decoy traders often do not breed the animals, but instead catch them with nets or rob them from nests as chicks.

Tens of thousands of these birds then end up on the market with forged “breeding rings”a mafia-like, well-organized fraud.

So far, committee staff and police officers have spent a lot of time checking these rings.
According to the will of the “Lega”, these controls are now to be prohibited – a free ticket for bird trapping and poaching!
The Italian nature conservation associations – in addition to the Committee against Bird Murder, LAC, LAV and the WWF – announced yesterday 18.5.

Protest actions started calling on the Lombard MPs to reject the change in the law.

A few more things on this subject: In Italy, hunting is still a firmly rooted tradition, especially in the countryside.
A total of around 600,000 hunters are registered. Italy has a licensing system, which means that hunters can hunt almost anywhere in their region.
The hunters mainly hunt birds and primarily target migratory birds.

Brescia – a city in Lombardy – is the heart of the Italian hunting arms industry.
Here there is one arms and ammunition factory after the other.

The right-wing populistLega” – avowedly hunting-friendly – has provided the mayor in almost every municipality for decades. Making politics here means, above all, standing up for hunters and the arms industry.

According to the organization “caccia il cacciatore”, there are 10,000 of these permanent huts for bird hunting for every 30,000 hunters in Lombardy.

“The decoys are caught and kept permanently in tiny cages. Their feathers are torn out to start a spring change that is not appropriate for the season. When the feathers grow back, the bird, which is kept in a dark cellar during the summer, says it is spring and sends appropriate signals to its conspecifics.
A caught chaffinch can cost up to 100 euros on the black market. “(Source: caccia il cacciatore).

Of course, it is legally stipulated which species may be shot, how many birds the hunter can kill per day of the hunt and how many decoys he may use. But who really wants to rigorously control that with the enormous number of hunters?

Poaching has an ancient tradition in Italy and, although officially forbidden, is tolerated especially if the prey is “only” birds.
In accordance with local customs, slings, nets, stone traps or bows are used.
But the big problem in Italy is traditional silence.
Everyone knows that neighbor A is laying traps with live decoys, but nobody would report him for it, because if you let him poach in peace today, he will let you “dispose” of the old refrigerator in the creek on the edge of the field tomorrow.

One hand washes the other is the motto, and the authorities – and above all the police – have to fight against this mentality.

My best regards to all, Venus

Valentino says goodbye to the use of fur

The last Valentino collection to incorporate fur into its garments will be for the 2021-2022 autumn-winter season, and with this change in the firm’s policy, the Milan-based company Valentino Polar will close.

The Italian firm synonymous with luxury and the best “made in Italy” has just announced in a statement that it will eliminate the use of fur from 2022, which is also preparing to reorganize and concentrate all its collections on a single label in 2024.
“We are working on finding different materials to achieve greater attention to the environment,” the firm has announced, according to Ara

“The concept of not using leather is perfectly aligned with the values of our company,” said the firm in a statement released by the Italian media.

The decision is unanimous and surgical, since the information note specifies that his fur company, called Valentino Polar, based in Milan, owned by the Roman brand since 2018, will cease all production at the end of 2021.
It also specifies that the latest leather garments and accessories of the Italian house will be those that appear in the autumn / winter 2021-22 work.

The Italian firm, one of the few in the fashion world based in Rome, was founded in 1959 by designer Valentino Garavani with capital from his father and an investor.
After 45 years, Garavani left the company, which was creatively headed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo. Currently, only Picciolo continues to work for the group, which has focused very directly on connecting with Gen Z.

Valentino Chief Executive Jacopo Venturini, who joined the Italian group last year when the luxury goods industry was hard hit by the pandemic, decided also to stop collections for its younger label RED Valentino.

“The concentration on one, and only one brand, will better support a more organic growth of the Maison”, the former Gucci executive said in a statement. –

Valentino is already working with the syndicates to address the organizational changes within the company caused by these decisions.

Bravo for Valentino!

And I mean...Martina Pluda, Director of Humane Society International, added: “Valentino dropping fur is a major nail in the coffin for the cruel fur trade. Like so many other designers, Valentino knows that using fur makes brands look outdated and out of touch, and fur industry certification schemes are little more that the hollow PR spin of an industry that kills 100 million animals for fur a year.

Compassion and sustainability are the new luxury in a world where dressing in the fur of factory farmed foxes or gassed mink is tasteless and cruel.”

We agree with HSI’s comment.
If the fashion world continues to decide against fur at this pace, soon NO designer will buy fur anymore.
And what the buyer does not find on the shelves, does not buy.

My best regards to all, Venus