Category: Fur and Fur Farming

Karl Lagerfeld does without fur!

 

With Karl Lagerfeld, another large brand now dispenses with the use of furs in its products. The AM Retail Group, which operates the Lagerfeld stores, and the US parent company G-III Apparel Group will also stop using furs.

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Even though the name Lagerfeld is certainly in the foreground here, the more extensive decision by AM Retail to generally become fur-free is important. Especially since the company not only operates stores from Karl Lagerfeld Paris, but also chains such as Wilsons Leather, GH Bass & Co. and Calvin Klein Performance.

The news itself came from the animal welfare organization PETA, which said that this move reflects the views of today’s “ethical buyers”. She added that “these fur bans are evidence that the fashion industry is changing to meet the increasing demand for luxurious, pet-friendly alternatives.”

The late Karl Lagerfeld regularly used fur in his collections.

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Lagerfeld had spoken out in an interview with The New York Times in 2015 for the use of fur. Even then, his reasoning was poorly tied up rather than convincing: Lagerfeld warned that there was a whole industry behind the fur, which would then be robbed of its work.
There was also a round of Whataboustism: people wear leather and eat meat – then it is hypocritical to only fight against the brutal killing of animals for the fashion industry. Whether those who were behind the decision probably thought of Lagerfeld’s stance? We do not know. However, we think this new development is great!!

France Fendi ProtestThe fur ripped off, including blood and muscles: This is what an activist protested against a fur fashion show by Karl Lagerfeld in Paris.

 

In recent years the number of high-end labels that reject fur has increased significantly. The top labels that have taken the path to fur-free today include Burberry, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors and Versace.

The French group SMCP recently announced that its premium brands Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot will stop selling fur.

Both consumers and employees of fashion and retail companies are increasingly opposed to fur and focus on “vegan” alternatives.
This is also reflected in legislation – California has banned the sale and manufacture of new fur products in this state this year.

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https://de.fashionnetwork.com/news/Karl-lagerfeld-verzichtet-auf-pelz,1169919.html

 

My comment: “I have no boss, except myself and my cat Choupette,” said Lagerfeld shortly before his death, last June in the business newspaper “Les Echos”.

Obviously his moral principles stretched to the love of his cat, but he ignored other fur animals and used them excessively for the senseless world of fashion.

I always asked myself: What would he say if one were to pull off the skin of his “Choupette” while she were alive?

Criticism of his love for fur left the fashion tsar completely cold.  “The problem with fur…For me, as long as people eat meat and wear leather, I don’t get the message.” he told the New York Times in 2015.

And then I heard that he finally died, that was February 2019, and immediately thought: One less asshole!

“There are not too many people with an opinion I care for”, he used to say.

Oh Karl! Animal torture is not about opinions but about abolish it.
What a pity you couldn’t experience it!!

Ich bin ein Arschloch ich trage Pelz No 2I’m an ASSHOLE, I’m wearing FUR

 

My best regards to all, Venus

Have A Great and Productive 2020 With Your Campaigning – From Mark and Venus.

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Well here we are again drawing this time to the end of another decade – and despite all the bad issues that we have shown on the site; after all, that is what we exist for; to inform people about the bad stuff; with the hope of change; looking back it has also been a very productive year in 2019 for the welfare of animals.

 

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Looking back; the recent disaster at Midia which took the lives of so many innocent sheep is one issue that I cannot forget. The authorities want us to, but after many years involved with live export; it is an issue very much engrained in my ‘system’; I hate it and will forever fight to stop it; all the way to the grave.

 

Animal Aid Unlimited in India are an organisation that I have so much respect for. Where do you start with them ?

 

23,550 calls requesting help for sick or injured animals in Udaipur. Each year more and more people in the city are becoming aware that they can do something when they see an injured animal, by a simple call for help, they are making their first step into becoming an animal protector.

9,384 animals were admitted in Animal Aid’s hospital to receive life-saving medical treatments for serious injuries and illnesses. About 26 new patients were taken in each day. We attempt to cover many of the stories here on WAV; just type in ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ into the search box to get links to all the past videos.
In addition to the work back at base, AAU also provided 1,092 street treatments for animals who did not require full hospitalization. 1,317 dogs were spayed and neutered once they healed from their injuries. 3,728 incredible volunteers and visitors enriched the lives of animals, many of whom served the animals more than 2 weeks!

AAU also vaccinated 8,266 dogs against rabies both in their hospital and also directly on the street. Finally, 40 animal activists from across India have learned first aid principles and techniques from the intensive AAU First Aid Training Program.

Now that is something to be proud of, and we wish Erika and all the crew there an even better 2020 with their work.

 

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Also, 2019 can be viewed as the year in England when the Hunting Act of 2004 was given long term protection and we will never legally return to the old days of wild animals being hunted to death by those with nothing more than a ‘bloodbath’ blood lust.

 

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We must never forget Jill and the team at ‘Animals Asia; – it is probably best that we give their link as so many positives are covered. https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/our-work/ – with the young and a new positive view on how animals should be treated, we look forward to the day when bear bile farming and the dog meat trade in the Far East are confined as atrocities carried out in past times – rightly in history books where they belong.

 

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The destruction of the Environment is a massive concern for every one of us. The deaths and suffering that is going on in Australia at this very moment, combined with recent events in Amazonia largely to increase space for cattle grazing at the cost of the indigenous peoples only shows that those in power there have one thing on their mind, and nothing else; and that is called ‘money’.

 

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Circuses and sea life centres are really being shunned by the educated public now; and we very much welcome that. It is fantastic to see that some dolphins are even being returned to purpose built sanctuaries for them; where they can once again return to the type of lives that were cruelly taken from them in the past.

Turning to Serbia; it has been a positive year with regard the fur industry. We personally worked with the team at ‘Respect for Animals’ http://www.respectforanimals.org/ in England, and with Slavica and Serbian activists, supplying lots of information and undertaking lots of research which led to getting the fur farming ban introduced at the start of 2019; saving tens of thousands of Chinchilla in the process – http://www.respectforanimals.org/serbian-fur-farming-ban-comes-into-force/

Serbian fur farming ban comes into force

Chinchilla – Saved by the Ban.

 

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In the United States, there have been some really positive moves; and we thank all our US visitors for the work they have done behind the scenes. California has become the first US state to ban the sale of animal fur products http://www.respectforanimals.org/history-made-as-california-fur-ban-becomes-law/ The new legislation, AB44, bans the manufacture and sale of new fur products across the state and is already considered to be the most ground-breaking moment for the anti-fur campaign for many years. We hope and look forward to other states following the example of California.

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Staying in the USA, we have seen a lot of positives with regard ‘killing contests’ – where animals are deliberately killed for prizes etc. In recent months we have seen bans introduced in Massachusetts, Arizona, as well as Coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

Food has been a big issue in America; with many major food chains now providing plant based options as part of the menu. This is great news and reflects the huge amount of people that have decided to change to a plant based diet, thus contributing to cutting down on global warming which is an intrinsic part of the meat production system; and which is very much responsible for some of the huge fires that we have witnessed this year in Amazonia due to forest clearance to make more grazing area for meat cattle. Many of America’s largest food chains have now moved to producing Vegan foods for consumers as part of their range – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/03/20/usa-americas-biggest-food-companies-are-moving-to-meatless/ .

 

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We thank Stacey at Our Compass https://our-compass.org/ for working with us, and giving links to many issues and videos associated with a meat free Vegan diet. Thanks Stacey; and keep up the great work !

 

We also say “thank” to our companion commentator Slavica; under the name “eparslavicaepar”, (we know who she is) for the faithful accompaniment (almost) for each article. Comments are a strengthening of our work, even if they are critical!

 

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Whizzing over to South Korea, we wants to give thanks and credit to Korean Dogs.org https://koreandogs.org/ for all their tireless work aimed at stopping the live dog and cat meat trade. On the site given, you can find endless ways to give your support to their work, and we encourage you strongly to do that.

 

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Back here in England, we need to highlight the huge amount of work being done by CIWF all over the world on so many different farm animal issues;   https://www.ciwf.org.uk/our-campaigns/ from the ban the cages campaign in Europe, through to helping pig producers in China to be more animal welfare considerate and change (improve) their methods of farm animal husbandry.

 

All in all; we have just skimmed the surface of what has been a very positive and productive year (in 2019) aiming at helping animals across the world. We cannot cover everything as it would take far too long, but we know that you, our friends and supporters are able to investigate a lot more about specific issues that may be of concern to you.

 

To try and give you a little assistance, we have provided on our site an A to Z listing of major animal welfare organisations, complete with their web site links, in order that you can hopefully find out a bit more much easier. Here is the link to this section:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/03/31/animal-welfare-organisations-links-to-websites/

 

 

We wish you all a great year in 2020 campaigning for the rights of, and being a voice for animals all over the world. You usually find that animal rights people often have a big interest in human rights also; and we try to do a little here as well. Check out one of our links associated with the Amazon forest peoples https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/27/indigenous-ecuadorian-women-speak-out-to-support-the-brazilian-amazon-rainforest-people/

 

… and for me (Mark), I especially wish to give support to free Tibet from the current rule of China which is covered so fantastically by London based ‘Free Tibet’ – https://www.freetibet.org/

 

Be a voice and fight the fight – results are never immediate and campaigns can take a long time to win – just look at the League Against Cruel Sports (London) – formed in 1924; but it was not until 2004 that they managed to get Hunting with dogs stopped for wild animals – https://www.league.org.uk/about-us

 

You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide !

Happy New Year for 2020 – Regards Mark and Venus xx.

 

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In memory of 2 great campaigners against live export:  Sadly Missed.

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Mike

 

John C

and John.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/04/25/england-another-terrible-loss-john-callaghan/ 

 

 

England: One Will Not Wear Fur – Her Majesty The Queen of England Goes Fur Free In Future Clothing Lines.

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Well better late than never – the UK Royal Family are watched and followed across the world; especially in the USA; so any progress to stop the wearing of fur is good news as far as we are concerned.  Hopefully will influence many others around the globe that Fur Is Out !

 

For all the great news from Respect for Animals, please visit their web site by clicking on:

http://www.respectforanimals.org/category/news/

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The Queen of England Goes Fur Free In Future Clothing Lines.

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–Queen’s new outfits will now be fur free Respect for Animals has welcomed the news that the Queen will no longer be wearing fur in her new outfits. Her personal adviser and senior dresser Angela Kelly wrote in her new memoir that Her Majesty will only wear fur-free new items for engagements due to changing attitudes in the country. Any outfits designed for the Queen now will use fake fur

 

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Respect for Animals has welcomed the news that the Queen will no longer be wearing fur in her new outfits.

Her personal adviser and senior dresser Angela Kelly wrote in her new memoir that Her Majesty will only wear fur-free new items for engagements due to changing attitudes in the country.

Any outfits designed for the Queen now will use fake fur instead.

In her book, titled The Other Side Of The Coin: The Queen, The Dresser And The Wardrobe, Ms Kelly says a coat worn by the Queen in Slovakia in 2008 has since been altered.

The coat’s trim, which originally used mink fur, has been replaced with fake fur.

However, this is likely to be an exception, as reports now suggest that fur on current clothing will not be replaced, and the Queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.

LISTEN: Respect for Animals Campaigns Director, Mark Glover, discusses the Queen’s shift away from real fur on Talk Radio’s Breakfast Show with Julia Hartley-Brewer: https://talkradio.co.uk/radio/listen-again/1573021800# (from around 20:00 in the 09:30-10:00

 

 

For all the great news from Respect for Animals, please visit their web site by clicking on:

http://www.respectforanimals.org/category/news/

 

Good news: Bogner will soon be fur-free!!

 

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German Animal Protection Office (Deutsches Tierschutzbüro e.V) .

Fantastic !!!. December 19 at 11:42

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👉We are celebrating a great SUCCESS at the end of the year: 🎉BOGNER is FUR FREE!
After a long campaign and many intensive discussions, we were finally able to convince Bogner to get out of the fur business✊🦊

The exit from the fur business will be gradual. Fur will no longer be sold in its own Bogner stores and in Germany by the winter of 2021/2022.
The fashion company worldwide will completely exit by the winter of 2022/2023.

PS: We are aware that it will take a while until 2022/23, but this decision is a success because it will also put pressure on other fashion companies to finally become fur-free and pave the way for a fur-free future.
For example, last year we managed to get the Breuninger fashion chain to exit the fur business.

You can find more about this and the campaign at:
➡️ http://www.tierschutzbuero.de/wir-feiern-einen-grossen-eriumph-bog…/

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Sorry! that’s still part of coat!

 

My comment: Yes! I still remember the campaign against Breuninger fashion chain, I participated in this campaign.

Only those who have the experience with such street actions know how annoying it is to discuss with the people who wear fur and still come to provoke.

They don`t want to learn anything new, they are not even curious about the photos of the bloodied carcass animals from the fur farms ..They justify their crimes with every stupid and cheeky argument that can be imagined.

But we won at that time! Breuninger became fur-free! that’s what always counts, the result.

Breuninger_Pelz_1The photo is from the anti-fur campaign in front of the shop Breuninger 21.11.2017.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

“Better naked than fur”!

Do you remember the documentation of the organization of the German Animal Welfare Office?
The animal rights activists have documented the conditions on the Polish farms in recent weeks and found wild animals in cages everywhere. We had reported about that (https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/11/16/poland-mecca-of-the-fur-industry/).

Now they had a great idea to continue this campaign to the public!

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Germany, Cologne: Animal rights activists from the organization (German animal protection office) fight against real fur clothing.

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Draw blank for animal welfare!
On Wednesday, four activists from the German Animal Welfare Office demonstrated on fiberglass naked on pedestrian zone in Cologne. Under the motto “better naked than fur” Jan (39), Konstantin (21), Julia (41) and Moritz 29) marched through the city with banners and loud appeals.

lieber nackt als PelzThe four brave animal rights activists.
The first from the left is Jan Peifer, the founder of the organization.

 

Julia said to “BILD- newspaper: “It took a lot of effort to overcome, but I like to do it because I know what the purpose is.”

lieber nackt als pelz 4pgThe passersby reacted differently – sometimes laughing, sometimes embarrassed.
The highlight of the nude protest: The animal rights activists showed their buttocks in front of the shop “Femme”, which sells real fur.

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Activist spokeswoman Denise Weber (31): “The animals live all their lives in a confined space, are then killed and then the fur is removed. We want to take action against this. “

Many people don’t even know they’re wearing real fur. Because sometimes there are hats with a real fur pompom under 10 euros.

https://www.facebook.com/Tierschutzbuero/
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My comment: 25 years ago, in 1994, numerous celebrities supported the naked protest against fur, which PETA started as a first NGO in its protest campaign with prominent models.
They also undressed at the time, to protest against fur.

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I find the direct naked appearance of the brave activists very strong. And is perhaps more effective, because such a provocation is remembered not only as a naked parade but as a naked reality.
And maybe abolish the next fur purchase.

We never know how an action affects society.
From our experience, however, we know that the more this society is confronted with animal suffering, the greater the chances of a change.

My best regards to all, venus

Russian fur industry: producer of animal torture

 

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At the beginning of the Christmas shopping season PETA publishes for the first time a report about the Russian fur trade. The video material taken by PETA Asia’s eyewitnesses shows atrocities from five different farms.

These shocking images taken show a Russian fur farm where rabbits have their heads hacked off and chinchillas are electrocuted and have their necks snapped.The images come from PETA’s first expose of the fur trade in Russia and were reportedly taken across five farms in the country.

In the video, animals can be seen being kept in tiny cages when a worker takes a white rabbit and hits it on the head with a metal pipe.

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The clip then shows a chinchilla being electrocuted before its neck is snapped. Animals including foxes, minks and sables can be seen in tiny wire-mesh cages.

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PETA report one chinchilla was seemingly blind but still forced to breed. The report adds that one worker at the farms said that animals are killed if they relieve themselves in the “wrong” area of the cage as “any animal must be clean, if you produce not clean skin, you’re losing a lot of price.”

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The investigation was carried out in October 2019 and a worker reportedly told the eyewitness that the farm they work on sells 30 percent of their product to Kopenhagen Fur.

Kopenhagen Fur is an auction house which sells animal skins to companies throughout the world.

PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker said: “Every compassionate shopper should keep firmly in mind that behind every fur coat, collar, or cuff is a filthy wire cage, a shrieking animal, and a blood-soaked slaughterhouse floor. This holiday season, PETA is urging everyone to help give some peace to these tormented animals by going fur-free.”

The report states that the regulation of animal welfare in Russia is practically “non-existent” and added that the country does not have any laws to protect farmed animals.

PETA asked consumers, designers and retailers to join other fur-free designers and retailers such as Zara, H&M, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Versace, Gucci, and Michael Kors.

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Mick Madsen, director of communications for Fur Europe, a company which represents the fur sector in Europe, said: “It is mistake to claim chinchillas and rabbits produced in Russia are sold at European auction houses, and it is mistake to believe PETA’s ideological campaigning provides a reliable image of animal welfare in fur farming.”

PETA alleged that another facility it investigated supplied furs to Saga Furs, a Finnish fur auction house that markets itself as a responsible and ethical source for fur, describing itself on its website as having “a reputation as the world pioneer in responsible fur breeding.”

A Saga Furs spokesperson told Newsweek: “Any allegations that Saga Furs is provided fur from farms in Russia which treat animals unethically is denied in full. Saga Furs takes the ethical treatment of animals very seriously and at all times requires farms used to comply with strict criteria and regulation. We have received no evidence or substantiation to suggest that any farms providing fur to Saga Furs have been the subject of PETA’s alleged investigation.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7755033/Rabbits-clubbed-head-undercover-footage-exposing-brutality-Russian-fur-farms.html

 

My comment: As soon as something becomes public, nobody wants to appear as  collaborator of the Russian fur industry.

And despite the demonstrable, documented torture in the Russian fur farms, the Finnish Saga Furs company wants to tell us that it takes animal ethics very seriously!!

But the animal Dachau of this world take only money and profit seriously, they know no ethics and no inhibitions in the torture of animals.
Perhaps the Russian fur Dachau are no better and no worse than any other fur Dachau  in the world.
But that’s not why we shouldn’t report it.

Fur farms are concentration camps and no longer have a right to exist, nowhere in the world.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

Today, 10/12/19 is ‘International Animal Rights Day’.

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Today, 10/12/19 is International Animal Rights Day.

The annual International Animal Rights Day (IARD) – 10th December – aims to remember the animal victims of human tyranny and call for the recognition of our Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR). The goal of this historic campaign is to build on the recognition of human rights, and persuade humanity that kindness and respect is due to all sentient creatures.

Thousands of animal rights supporters across the world hold candlelit vigils and other inspiring events to mark the 13th annual IARD. Ethical pioneers united to remember the billions of animals subjected to deliberate cruelty and killing across the world every year. This coordinated global day of action has intensified calls for the recognition of the rights of all sentient beings to life, liberty and natural enjoyment.

 

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To find out a lot more from many organisations; simply Google ‘International Animal Rights Day’ on your computer.  There are too many links to repeat it all here.

 

Regards Mark.

 

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