Category: Fur and Fur Farming

USA: Victory – The California Fur Ban Is Now Law.

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Hi Mark,

5 years ago, I started organizing small fur protests every winter and at that time, I thought that in 5 years we would have 1000 people protesting with us. But I was wrong. Because 5 years later, we don’t even need to protest fur in California anymore. This morning, the Governor of California signed the first statewide fur ban in the country into law!

People said I was dreaming too big, but I wasn’t dreaming big enough. Animal rights history is happening before our very eyes because people around the world are working together. So I want to give you a huge thank you for making this victory happen! And I would like to ask for your continued support. Right now, all new monthly donors are earning DxE a bonus $100 from a matching donor.

Will you become a monthly donor today to help us take on factory farming next? 

The fur industry is just the first to fall in California, and we have our sights set on Big Ag next. As trials begin for myself and other animal rescuers in the coming months, we’re hoping to establish the legal right to rescue animals from farms and slaughterhouses. People might say we’re dreaming too big, but we’ve heard that before.

Priya

 

… and more good news ….

 

Bratislava: Last week, the National Council of Slovak Republic (Slovak parliament) discussed in the first reading the proposal to ban fur farming in the country. It has passed the first reading with overwhelming support of 120 votes out of all 150 MPs, which means that 80 % of all MPs supported the proposal in its first big step in the legislative process.

The ban was proposed by Eva Antošová (SNS – Slovak national party) after the country has seen the second-largest online campaign in the history called Ide o chlp and conducted by an NGO Humánny pokrok, which has collected more than 76,000 signatures in under 6 months. The campaign followed publishing of investigation footage from a fur farm in northern Slovakia, which had exposed horrible conditions of minks without proper access to water, with open wounds, repetitive behaviour and signs of cannibalism. The public had responded with outrage and after a couple of months, the first ban proposal was introduced to the parliament.

Slovakia is one of the countries in Central Europe which still has no fur farming ban in effect. There is one operational mink farm with a capacity of up to 5000 animals and 8 farms breeding rabbits for fur. The proposal introduces a ban on farming and killing of all animals farmed exclusively or primarily for fur, with exception for rabbits farmed for fur by individuals for their personal use. The ban would go into effect immediately and would ban establishing of new fur farms in the country while providing a 3 year phase-out period for the existing ones.

Slovakia has seen fur farming ban campaigns in the past but without success. In the meantime, their neighbouring countries have seen a lot of progress, including fur farming ban in Austria and recently in the Czech Republic, and with vivid ongoing campaigns and political discussions in Poland and Ukraine. “The time has come for Slovakia to stop lagging behind the rest of Europe and to deal with this cruel and obsolete industry. The public is clearly requesting a quick and effective solution and we aim to deliver it in the upcoming months. Politicians shouldn’t ignore the call of more than 76 000 citizens to end this excessive and unnecessary cruelty and we are happy to see the first important steps taken in parliament on the path to the end of fur farming in Slovakia”, added Martin Smrek from Humánny pokrok.

In the upcoming months, the proposal should be discussed by parliamentary committees and approved by the European Commission. Afterwards, the second reading is planned and the final vote should take place during the last session of the current parliament, expected to take place at the beginning of 2020. The last step will be signing of the law by the president, who already voiced her support for the fur farming ban shortly after the launch of the campaign. After that, Slovakia would become the 14th European country passing a ban on fur farming.

http://www.respectforanimals.org/slovakia-is-heading-towards-fur-farming-ban/ 

 

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England: Respect for Animals launches online database detailing the use of fur on university fashion courses.

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Respect for Animals launches online database detailing the use of fur on university fashion courses

 

We are delighted to launch our new campaign to kick fur off campus by unveiling a database of UK fashion college policies towards the use of fur.

Using Freedom of Information requests, Respect for Animals has contacted every university in the country running fashion courses, regarding the use of real fur and what, if any, policies are in place on the subject. This includes both the use of fur as a material by students and any co-operation agreements with sections of the fur trade.

The responses have been collated and published on our website, with each university given a degree-style grading according to their position in the use of real fur: the best colleges (those refusing the use of real fur backed up with a formal fur-free policy) receive a ‘First’, while other institutions receive a grading accordingly: 2.1, 2.2, 3rd and the worst rating, which is a FAIL.

Many people have a moral objection to the use of fur in fashion and this resource will allow potential students to make a fully compassionate and principled decision about their education and future careers.

More information, including access to the database, can be found here: http://www.respectforanimals.org/fur-free-fashion-courses/  .

Mark Glover, Campaign Director at Respect for Animals, said:

“The morally abhorrent fur trade must be consigned to the dustbin of history. There is no need for fashion courses to continue to use this product of cruelty, or to take blood money from the fur trade. Thankfully, many university departments have told the fur trade where to go, but there are others who continue to work with this morally bankrupt industry.

The future of fashion is fur-free. The fur industry has never improved animal welfare and never will. Meanwhile, fashion that rejects real fur continues to innovate in the most exciting ways- just look at Stella McCartney’s latest collection unveiled in Paris.”

Click here for the full list:

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Read more : http://www.respectforanimals.org/respect-for-animals-launches-online-database-detailing-the-use-of-fur-on-university-fashion-courses/

 

 

 

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India: Animal cruelty and slavery for leather

 

“No one is allowed to disturb, harass, or treat the cow without respect. The killing of the cow is the most abominable of all earthly sins, “says the teachings of God Krishna.

 

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In nearly all Indian states, the slaughter of domestic cattle is punishable. And yet India is the world’s second largest leather exporter: Throughout the country, cattle are slaughtered to millions in illegal slaughterhouses, in backyards and even in the living room. In 2016, India exported $ 6 billion worth of leather.

The demand for leather comes mainly from the USA, Germany and the United Kingdom. About 90 percent of Indian leather lands in the European Union. Germany is the second most important market. Pretty much everyone wears it, with little or no thoughts about where the leather came from.

And so it happens that shoes are sold in German shops for which “holy cows” from India in Bangladesh are killed without any anesthesia in slaughterhouses or on the street.

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Thousands of Indian cows are slaughtered every week for their skins, bought by poor families in rural areas of the country India.

Because killing cows is banned in most states, much of the slaughter takes place in Kerala and West Bengal, where there is no ban. This is where cattle from the southern and western states are smuggled. Millions of animals are transported under appalling conditions to the slaughterhouses of Kerala and West Bengal. There are 32,000 unlicensed in the country against the 3,600 legal slaughterhouses.

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Men load a van like this: They tie the cattle close together. Space is so tight, so forbids Indian law .. But men do not stick to it – to keep costs down. A total of 31 animals are swinging workers in a van. Then it’s over 600 kilometers to the slaughterhouse. The animals are standing all the time and can barely move. They are also not allowed to eat and drink on this exhausting journey. The cattle traders put red chili peppers or tobacco in their eyes and purposely break the tail of the exhausted animal.

 

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To take the animals to where they can be legally killed – since battles are banned in most parts of India -the animals must be fogged and tied together, in preparing for a grueling death march lasting several days can last. Forced to run through heat and dust, without food or water, along with the sheer stress of this terrifying experience, causes many animals to collapse and become unable to move on.

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Note that most animals are first in their lives driving in a truck and probably being scared, especially if they were treated hurriedly or roughly by the men who loaded the trucks.

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Just the sounds and movements of the truck are a new experience – one that makes them sick. After a day or two in a truck without food or water, they are desperate with hunger and thirst, especially since it is normal for such cows to eat all day.

Leather is the animal product most commonly used in clothing and accessories, and while many others, such as angora and cashmere, have a bad reputation in the press, leather is often forgotten. Millions of animals die cruelly for fashion and are even skinned alive!

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China and India are the world’s largest manufacturers of leather clothing and footwear. Since leather and fur are supposed to be cheap, the skins of Western breeds such as Great Dane, St. Bernard and Rottweiler are used in China. These breeds are considered to be the most economically efficient for the dog meat trade and their coat and skin are a byproduct of the dog meat trade

In India, cows are sacred, but as India exports billions of euros worth of leather, cows are simply caught on the street, and because everything has to go very fast, their legs are chopped off so they can not run away. Then they rip their skin off alive.

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And even China, itself the largest exporter of leather, imports cheap leather from India. The cheapest leather for the world market takes no account of working conditions (including child labor), under which it arises, or on environmental protection.
A labeling requirement does not exist for the type (of which animal), from which country, or for the chemicals used for it.

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In India, devout Hindus have now declared war on the leather industry. For example Deepak Chouham, a 31 year old family man. By day, he trades in bricks and operates a candy stall.
At night, he wanders through the streets, armed and with like-minded people to save cows. »Gau Raksha Dal« is the name of the civic militia groups that exist in their thousands in India: literally »cadet rescue teams«.
Prison sentences and police operations against illegal animal smugglers are not enough, says Chouham. He finds: “Every one who sins against the cow should be hanged.”
In recent decades, a flourishing and lucrative cow smuggling has been established in the border area between India and Bangladesh.
For that, even riskier smuggling routes or higher bribes are risked.

A livestock dealer, who does not want to be named, explains: “A herd of 100 cows costs about 25,000 euros. The bribes for the Indian police or army personnel about 5000 euros. 30 smugglers who take on the most dangerous task, on the other hand, are already available for 200 euros. In Bagachra, a 100-headed herd, depending on the size of the animals, brings in 50,000-60,000 euros. “

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So a “Made in Italy” simply means that the assembly of the items to the shoe was carried out in Italy.
For example, the upper leather of a shoe may have been tailored and dyed in Turkey, the tanning and slaughtering previously took place in Bangladesh, and the cow was originally from India.

https://veganblog.de/bekleidung/verbraucherschutzer-warnen-in-lederschuhen-steckt-tierqual-und-sklaverei/

 

-Animal suffering during medieval transports
-Battle under medieval conditions on open streets
-Children slavery work in tanneries with toxic and carcinogenic substances
– Contaminate rivers and groundwater with chemicals

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Does anyone need more reasons not to buy or wear leather in any form?

 

Best regards to all, Venus

England (London): Environmental Activists Kick Off With Major Protest At Start of ‘London Fashion Week’.

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WAV Comment – ‘those times they are a changing’ – through actions such as this people finally wake up to animal welfare abuses and the destruction of the environment.

This is what I love about us Brits – usually polite, good mannered, do the right things, usually obey the law, royalty etc – but when they know something is wrong, they get out there to try and put it right ! – Mark.

 

Several Extinction Rebellion protesters glued themselves to the door of a London Fashion Week venue

 

A group of environmental activists have glued themselves to the entrance of London Fashion Week’s official opening as part of a protest urging action against climate change.

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Five members of the Extinction Rebellion group, which brought major streets to a standstill in five UK cities earlier this summer, were photographed outside 180 Strand standing hand-in-hand in white outfits splattered with fake blood.

Video from the scene shows another group of activists lying on the ground in pools of fake blood while one campaigner read a poem about the environmental threats posed by the fashion industry.

Activists poured black liquid on themselves in protest against the fashion industry using leather

“The fashion industry is killing our planet,” the activist began. “Every year, every month, every week, you abuse this Earth. You produce clothes for profit and pleasure, not for need.

“You choose profit over planet, profit over people, profit over our future. The fashion industry tugs at our heartstrings, it begs us to come into shops, feel its fabrics, don beautiful dresses, trendy tops, season’s hottest handbags.”

The speaker continued: “You entice us with shiny shimmering things, shallow empty promises and I almost fall into your trap, but then I ask ‘Who made this, and where?’ But you don’t tell us the truth.

“We see your ads, beautiful bodies that make us feel that if I buy that dress, my body might look that beautiful too. But there is nothing beautiful about clothes whose making is destroying our planet.”

In a statement on Extinction Rebellion’s website, the group describes its actions as “having highlighted the blood on the hands of the industry due to its environmental record and that ‘business as usual’ will lead life on earth towards extinction”.

In July, Extinction Rebellion sent a letter to the British Fashion Council (BFC) urging them to cancel London Fashion Week and in favour of a summit to address the climate crisis attended by industry professionals.

The group claims the fashion industry is one of the “most polluting industries in the world”, pointing to the carbon footprint of international flights and shipping.

Extinction Rebellion plans to hold several protests during Fashion Week, some of which will take place outside main shows.

Their actions will culminate on Tuesday with a “funeral procession” beginning in Trafalgar Square to “reflect on the lives already lost and that will be lost as a result of climate and ecological breakdown”.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/london-fashion-week-2019-bleeding-red-carpet-extinction-rebellion-climate-change-a9103551.html

 

More:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/sep/13/do-or-die-extinction-rebellions-die-in-london-to-end-with-fashion-funeral

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/extinction-rebellion-protesters-cover-themselves-in-fake-blood-and-stage-diein-at-london-fashion-a4235691.html

California: bans the murder of fur animals with traps. We say: thank you!

 

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill Wednesday that makes it illegal to trap animals or sell their fur, making California the first state in the U.S. to impose a fur trapping ban.

The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 puts an end to a longstanding practice that was entwined with California’s frontier roots but that has steadily declined in recent decades with the rise of conservationism.

“Historically, fur trapping played a significant role in the extirpation of wolves and wolverines and the severe declines in sea otters, fishers, marten, beaver, and other fur-bearing species in California,” the bill states. “Because individual trappers concentrate their operations in limited geographical areas, they can locally deplete populations of the species they target, impairing the ecological functioning of the area and diminishing opportunities for wildlife watching in these areas.”

The legislation notes: “Prohibiting fur trapping would eliminate the needless taxpayer subsidized killing of California’s native species for the international fur trade, while better protecting the role these species place in our ecosystems and economy.”

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez speaks during the Assembly session in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Gonzalez’ bill, AB273, that now makes it illegal to trap animals in California for recreation or to sell their fur, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli): “Fur trapping is a cruel practice that has no place in 21st century California. Thank you @CAgovernor for signing our #AB273 to make our state the first in the nation to ban this necessary (and costly) practice”!

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Trappers typically strangle, shoot or beat animals to death. The law specifically outlaws the use of the “steel-jawed leghold trap” or any trap that has sawtoothed or spiked jaws for trapping animals. It also prohibits the sale of “raw fur,” defined as any fur, pelt or skin that hasn’t been tanned or cured.

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The number of licenses for recreational and commercial fur trapping have declined in recent years, according to The Associated Press. The state issued 133 licenses last year, resulting in 1,568 animals trapped and 1,241 pelts sold. Animals commonly trapped for their fur in California include coyotes, gray foxes, beavers, badgers and mink.

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California also averages roughly 500 annual trapping licenses for pest control. Under the new law, it will still be legal to trap rats, mice, voles, moles and gophers.

State lawmakers are also considering legislation that would ban the sale of all fur products, along with a bill to prohibit circuses from using most animals in their performances in the state.

“There’s been a real change in attitudes about how we treat animals,” Gonzalez told the “Los Angeles Times”.

Environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, have opposed fur trapping as contributing to declines animal populations, including sea otters and beavers. But other groups, including the California Farm Bureau Federation, opposed the bill, arguing ranchers and farmers hire commercial trappers to control wildlife and protect their crops. They say banning trapping and the sale of fur would end that practice.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/california-bans-fur-trapping_n_5d7039d7e4b09bbc9ef99517

 

My comment: And again, the farmers complain.
The farmers can protect their animals (which they have for slaughter, anyway) with fences. The peasants can not undestand any other way of living together with animals, except animals to benefit and to slaughter. And if another animal interferes this procedure, they mean it needs to be eliminated.
There is nothing more devious and cruel than traps.
And this devious method of killing is practiced by both: farmer and hunter.

Because I live up in the Black Forest, I have often found some such murderous installations and “edited” them accordingly.

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Thanks California! it’s only a matter of time before other cities or countries introduce the same ban.

Best regards to all, Venus

Thank`s Lacoste!

 

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We are excited to partner with Lacoste and announce its commitment to a fur-free policy. The brand’s Global CSR manager said: “Lacoste has decided to ban fur long ago. However, we felt it was important to add our name to the list of fur-free companies to show our support for the cause around the globe.”
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And we mean: For all who say that there is no hope for the abolition of the Fur Farms – we disagree!!!

We will continue to fight for it, and we will fight harder than ever. After all, the animals only have us. Together, we will push the fur industry and its deadly machinery even further offside!

Best regards to all, Venus

Ireland: Strong Rumours It Will Ban Fur Farming – Joining Lots of Other EU Nations.

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Fur farming is to be banned in Ireland, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is to bring a proposal to Government this week to phase out fur farms.

The Government has been under increasing pressure to follow the lead of 14 other EU countries, which have already banned fur farms.

However, the move is a dramatic shift in Government policy.

Solidarity-PBP TD Ruth Coppinger, a long-time anti-fur campaigner, had already received support from across opposition, including from Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour, Independents 4 Change, the Green Party, and the Social Democrats, for her Prohibition of Fur Farming Bill. It is due back before the Dáil on July 3.

However, it is understood that the Government will now move on the matter.

Mr Creed is to seek approval for the drafting of legislation that would unwind the fur sector in this country in a legally robust manner.

Ending fur farming is thought to have been under consideration by the minister for some time. However, concerns around the constitutionality of such a ban, and the rights of those employed on fur farms, had delayed progress.

Around 100 people are employed in the fur industry and these jobs are in Donegal, Kerry, and Offaly.

Earlier this year, Údarás na Gaeltachta was criticised when it emerged that two Donegal-based fur farms, once of which has since stopped operating, had received over €200,000 in State funding since 2009.

The Government had already raised concerns about Ms Coppinger’s bill, claiming it is legally flawed and could expose the State to significant legal liability.

It is understood that they will now draft their own legislation, instead of adopting the Solidarity-PBP bill.

A ban on fur farming would be a policy U-turn for the Government, which, in defending the industry, have often cited the employment impact on remote and rural areas.

In February of this year, Mr Creed told the Dáil:

 

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ireland-fur-farm-ban-mink-farming-jobs-ispca-animal-welfare-a8972546.html

 

https://allthatsinteresting.com/fur-farming-ban-ireland

 

Inhumane Fur Farming Set To Be Outlawed In Ireland

“It is impossible to regulate the fur trade and somehow make it kinder. It is not farming at all. The mink are gassed at six months and their skins are pulled off.”

Fur farming is common practice in all corners of the world. The confinement of animals to tiny cages, only to gas them to death for their fur, has sadly been a standardized component of the fashion industry. According to The Independent, however, Ireland is set to ban this cruel custom as soon as July.

Ireland would become the seventh country in the European Union and the eleventh in Europe to ban fur farming.

The ruling Fine Gael party, as well as Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, had been fundamentally opposed to shuttering this industry. In February Creed said that he didn’t want to close down a “legitimate, highly regulated and inspected industry” that employs around 100 people.

According to the Irish Examiner, however, Creed is apparently changing his tune after pressure from politicians and animal rights groups: He will soon propose his own bill to phase out fur farms.

Ireland’s three fur farms in Donegal, Kerry, and Laois have about 200,000 mink stuffed into small, wire-mesh cages. They live there for six months, before being gassed to death and having their pelts ripped from their bodies — for high-end fashion

The old guard, represented here by Creed, has been met with growing opposition and highly promising momentum for those against this industry.

Parliament member Ruth Coppinger currently has the support of Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein, Labour, Independents 4 Change, the Green Party, and the Social Democrat parties to push this legislation through. The groundswell seems too powerful to squash.

Coppinger eloquently explained her reasoning to end the “cruel, backward, and barbaric” practice in parliament last week.

“As solitary, wild, and semi-aquatic creatures, packing mink into metal cages in groups is alien and unnatural,” Coppinger argued. “For that reason Veterinary Ireland asserts that it is impossible to regulate the fur trade and somehow make it kinder. It is not farming at all. The mink are gassed at six months and their skins are pulled off.”

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said this momentous push toward a fur farming ban was “fantastic news,” while others said imposing “lives of misery” on these defenseless creatures was “cruel,” and should’ve stopped long ago.

“With so many countries banning fur production, the U.K. under pressure to ban sales of fur and increasingly more designers eschewing fur in their collections, we hope the suffering caused will soon be relegated to the history books,” said Jo Swabe of Humane Society Europe.

The Irish government has yet to officially state whether or not it plans on legislating the overwhelmingly popular bill, though mounting pressure indicates a strong likelihood.

A poll in October indicated that four out of five people in Ireland supported a ban on fur farms, while several of these farms have recently gone out of business. On the other hand, some say the bill doesn’t go far enough — outlawing production of fur is a great step, but fur sales should be prohibited as well.

According to The Fur Free Alliance, the U.K. spearheaded the ban on fur farming in 2000. Since then, Austria, Holland, Croatia, Slovenia, Norway, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Belgium, Macedonia, and Serbia have followed suit. Bosnia and Herzegovina plans to phase it out by 2029.

Alongside Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Ukraine are currently considering banning the practice as well.

Designers such as Gucci, Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Chanel have already stopped using fur in their collections. Wearing the pelts of tortured animals simply isn’t in vogue anymore, putting this prehistoric industry on the verge of disappearing altogether.

Hopefully, starting next month, Ireland will do its part to eradicate it.

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