Category: Fur and Fur Farming

No more Croco for Coco!


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Sensation in the fashion industry: Chanel gets out of production with fur, crocodile leather and other exotic skins!

Chanel has made a real sensation in the fashion world: “No more Croco for Coco” was the eve of the presentation of the “Métiers d’art” collection of the fashion house in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In an interview, Chanel’s President of Fashion, Bruno Pavlovsky, announced that the company will forgo fur and exotic skins such as crocodile skin.


FOUR PAWS sees this as a milestone: “Chanel is really taking a giant step here: more and more luxury fashion houses are getting out of the fur business, and the fact that exotic skins are dispensed with, especially crocodile skin, is a reason to celebrate from an animal welfare point of view,” said Thomas Pietsch, wildlife expert at FOUR PAWS.

According to Pietsch, Pavlovsky’s statement sums up the general situation: “Pavlovsky said that it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain skins and leather that meet Chanel’s ethical and qualitative standards, so research and development at Chanel will become more widespread Textiles and leather, which are by-products of the food industry.
This means that no animals have to be killed extra for fashion – which of course we very much welcome as an animal welfare organization. “

According to FOUR PAWS, the announcement by Chanel shows that ethical consumption and animal welfare have become enormously important for luxury labels as well. Instead of real fur or exotic skins from animal cruelty, today’s consumers also want sustainability and innovation in this area. We are confident that this pioneering decision by Chanel will find imitators in other leading high-fashion companies, “says Pietsch.

A few months ago, Gucci became part of the international Fur Free Retailer program (, which has already been signed by 950 retailers worldwide, and whose partner is also FOUR PAWS. Many other leading fashion brands and retailers have joined the program, including Armani, Hugo Boss, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Stella McCartney and many more.

Every year more than 100 million animals are killed by the fur industry. (In this video from the german animal protection federation we see how a coyote falls into the trap for his coat.
He has two alternatives: either breake off his paw and flee, or … wait for the hunter who wants to bring him as a fur article in a farma. – Report from Canada, 2017).

Minks, foxes and raccoon dogs suffer on fur farms in tiny wire mesh cages; other species die by falling a cruel death. For the processing of fur into fur fashion, high levels of hazardous chemicals and high energy consumption are needed.

My comment: In Germany, the anti-fur activists have developed a smart, courageous measure. They have designed stickers that anyone can order and “decorate” fur collars. It says:

I’m an asshole – I’m wearing fur !!

Ich bin ein Arschloch ich trage Pelz No 2

Many fur carriers have classified this as an attack on their privacy.
Then they could tell us, how they call the electric shocks, with which the animals be massacred, or how they call the skinning of the animals in the living body?

My best regards, Venus

England: Tigers In London. The Tiger Trade Is Closer Than You Think.



Did you know that the cruel tiger trade is happening here in Europe?

We believe this is totally unacceptable and took action to highlight this #RuthlessTrade

We projected a massive tiger eye at some of London’s most famous and iconic landmarks, including Marble Arch and Harrods, to spread the message!

The lucrative trade in live tigers and tiger products is happening closer than you think. The relentless demand for tigers to be displayed commercially and their body parts to be used for luxury goods and traditional medicines has been met by a global commercial trade, which has also been very active in the EU.  

Between 1999-2017, 8,278 illegal tiger parts and derivatives were seized throughout Europe, 918 in the UK alone! 

We have revealed the truth about the tiger trade, and we want to see change! 

Please take a minute to view our spectacular projections above and spread the message!

Cordelia Britton
Head of Programmes

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Petition link and website: 


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USA: California Moves Closer to Banning the Sale of, and Manufacture of, New Fur Products Throughout the State.


California has moved one step closer to banning the sale and manufacture of new fur products throughout its state.

Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced the ‘State Fur Ban, AB 44′ on Monday — a bill that would make the Golden State the first to implement such a measure. The move follows similar decisions made across several of its cities — in September, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur within the city limits, six months after San Francisco passed a similar ban.

“California is one of the most progressive states in the country and a world leader in animal welfare,” said Assembly Member Friedman. “Given the overwhelming evidence of inhumane practices in the fur industry and the availability of so many different options for warm and fashionable fabrics, we will not continue to be complicit in unnecessary cruelty towards animals solely for the sake of fur.”

The bill, which is sponsored by Animal Hope in Legislation and the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation and The Humane Society, would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, trade and donate fur products within the state (with the exception of used fur), across clothing, handbags, shoes, slippers, hats and accessories.

A California fur ban would be in keeping with the tidal wave of support for the growing anti-fur movement across the fashion industry and the world. Multiple fashion houses have recently made public their plans to discontinue the use of fur, including Chanel, Coach, Diane Von Furstenberg, Burberry and Versace. Earlier this year, Norway became the latest country to propose a ban on fur farming, while September’s London Fashion Week was an entirely fur-free event.


WAV Comment – we fully agree; California is one of the most progressive states in the country and a world leader in animal welfare.  Well done California; lets hope other states act on this.





Chanel Is Kicking Fur and Exotic Animal Skins !


Hi Mark,

Have you heard the great news?

Chanel is kicking fur and exotic skins – including crocodile, lizard, and snake skin – to the kerb.

For decades, PETA and our affiliates have been sharing exposés of the fur and exotic skins trades. Crocodiles, lizards, and snakes may be poached from their natural habitats or raised on squalid farms and killed in the most gruesome and painful ways before their skins are exported to Europe and used by “luxury” brands.

Reptiles, just like mammals, are sensitive to pain, yet they are frequently mutilated without any prior stunning or painkillers.

Mark, this horrendous cruelty needs to stop. You can help end it by asking Louis Vuitton to follow Chanel’s lead.

Please urge luxury fashion company LVMH to shed exotic skins from Louis Vuitton and all its other brands.

 Take Action Now 

Thanks for speaking out for animals.

Kind regards,

Priya S


EU: ‘Food and Veterinary Office (FVO)’ – Ever Been There and Used Its Information ? – Have a Look.

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Over the last few days Venus and I have been looking further into EU live animal transport.  With years of investigation experience, I want to provide you with a section of the EU that is available to all; and yet seems to keep a low profile on its work with regard live animal issues.  Why is this ? – could it be like us, they also have no faith in the mighty EU actually taking any action against non compliant member states ? – Is it all just a job producing, money making, paper producing exercise that actually does very little, if anything, to improve animal welfare.

Venus will be producing a post soon re pig tail docking in Germany.  His is associated with an FVO audit report undertaken in Germany very recently.

The section of the EU is called the ‘Food and Veterinary Office’; or FVO for short.  Some of you may have come across this in the past; some not.  I will try to give a quick and simple summary of what the FVO is about and how you can access some (why not all ?) of its investigation reports; which I am sure, will be of interest to many of you.

Audits are continually undertaken by the FVO across EU member states; although not necessarily in the same year.  In their words:

In its function as “eyes and ears” of the Commission, the FVO verifies on the spot that applicable requirements in the areas of food safety, animal health and welfare and plant health are properly implemented and enforced by Member States and also by third countries. By contributing to the improvement of national control systems, the effective enforcement of requirements in the EU and third countries is enhanced. This, in turn, helps to ensure that:

  • Consumers can be confident that the safety of their food is protected by strict enforcement of controls.
  • Trade can take place under conditions of uniform and high safety levels, which allow markets to focus on price, quality and consumer preferences.
  • Exporters can harness the advantages of a single EU market, with high and uniform levels of safety enforcement, to promote their position on world markets.
  • The key role of food safety in wider EU policies, including obligations towards trade partners and developing countries, is supported by effective, non-discriminatory and transparent enforcement.
  • EU policies on safety, including their wider policy implications, are informed by the lessons from on-the-ground audit findings.

In its reports the FVO makes recommendations to the competent authority of the country concerned to deal with any shortcomings revealed during the audits. The competent authority is requested to present an action plan to the FVO on how it intends to address shortcomings. Verification of the completion and effectiveness of corrective actions through a number of follow up activities is an integral part of FVO activity. 


To find out more about the specific accessible reports produced by the FVO in its visit to any EU member state; you can click on the following link:


Move the cursor over any (EU) country to see the number of audits, click on any country to see a list of audits which have been undertaken; and what they are about.

Lets pick Romania at random as an example.  If we move the mouse pointer over Romania on the EU map; we can see that no less than 8 inspections were undertaken by the FVO in 2018.  Then we are provided with a series of boxes; each relating to (only some) published audit reports undertaken.

For example; we can access report 2018-6477 which specifically deals with classic swine fever.  The report is available in a series of languages; each presented in pdf format.

Accessing the English pdf version, we can see that the report details the following:







So this for example, provides a lot of information into FVO investigations into swine fever application measures when they visited Romania during January and February 2018.  The specific report makes very interesting reading on the issue for animal welfare campaigners.

This is just one example relating to just one issue in one EU member state regarding animal welfare.  All issues cannot be covered by us in a month of Sundays, but we leave it to you to use the EU map and to go exploring different nations to see the issues of the current and past years.

The aim for us by giving this info ? – for activists to become more informed on what issues have specifically been investigated by the FVO in any EU member state.  Knowledge is news and information which can be taken further; and the FVO reports can then be used to do follow up reports; or to write to the national ministries involved; to ask them some (sometimes) embarrassing questions on what actions they have taken regarding the original FVO audits.  There are always follow up actions after an audit report; but do the nations actually take the actions on board ?

It is time to check other audits for all the member nations; but with Bulgaria for example; we see that there was an audit report done (2018-6571) on the ‘Import Controls for Food and Live Animals’.  As Bulgaria is the main route out for live animals exported from the EU to Turkey; it may well be worth a read to see exactly what the audit report says and to ask what, if anything, has been done as a follow up by the Bulgarian authorities ?

Some of the reports; as per this above case, are NOT yet published.  They are listed but are not yet accessi8ble; We wonder why ?

But we do know the dates and numbers of the reports; so asking questions and obtaining further information could be followed up with national MEP’s if required by you.

Further links and information:


Country Profiles –


Videos –


Further information on the organisation and implementation of Member State controls in the areas of food and feed safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health may be found in the websites of national control agencies.

Although not an EU obligation, some Member States publish their Multi-annual National Control Plans and Annual Reports on the implementation of these plans. In these cases links to these documents are included.

Link to MANCP (Article 41 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004)
Member State links


Have a hunt around – you may come across a lot more info than you realised;

Regards Mark

The “soft gold” of Tibet…

These animals are dying out.

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And all because the lady loves Shahtoos!!

The exceptionally fine subcutaneous tissue of the Tibetan antelope isolates it against the harsh climate of the Tibetan plateau.

Unfortunately, this coat, known as Shahtoosh, also makes the Tibetan antelope a target for illegal hunters. Last week, two Chinese “tourists” were arrested for smuggling the fur of this endangered Tibetan antelope at Delhi airport, for which they could have earned a “nice” price at home! Estimated value of “Shahtoosh scarves”: 574,000 US dollars!!  They now face a prison sentence of 7 years!!

Trading in “Shahtoosh scarves” is strictly prohibited by international law, but it can be quite profitable on the black market. Customs officials confiscated 15 scarves, valued at $ 574,000, from women’s checked baggage.

The men weaving the coveted Shahtoosh take months to make a single cloth. After that they need a long time to restore their eyesight. The scarf is a typical symbol of wealth in the world: wool is more valuable than gold or platinum. While it costs the eyes of the weaver, the rich in Europe are willing to pay thousands of euros to own a Shahtoosh scarf.

The sale and possession of Shahtoosh scarves is prohibited in India and many other countries

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The incident prompted the Chinese embassy in New Delhi to exhort Chinese visitors to the country to obey the laws of the country and not purchase Shahtoosh scarves.

The Tibetan antelope, also known as Chiru, has long been hunted for its undercoat, known for its quality and traditionally transported to Srinagar, where it is made into an extremely fine fabric for scarves. Three to five skins are needed to make a single cloth. Since the wool can not be sheared or combed, the animals must be killed.

The Tibetan antelope is now extinct in Nepal and only about 75,000 – 100,000 live on the border between China and India in the Himalayas.

Since 1975, Shahtoosh trade has been prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). High prices are therefore achieved on the black market. Every year, up to 20,000 Tibetan antelopes are killed to meet the demand for Shahtoosh cloth among wealthy buyers outside of India.

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The ultimate reason for the drastic decline of antelope is human greed.

Poachers kill the animals for skins because the exceptionally fine and soft undercoat can be woven into a luxury scarf – Shahtoosh. Illegal poachers smuggle the fur, called “soft gold”, usually to Nepal and India and finally to countries like Italy and France. In addition, the pitch-black antlers of male antelopes are used for Chinese healing arts. Their heads serve as a trophy, making antelope a target for illegal hunters and smugglers.

Chiru are often caught and slaughtered in Tibet. Their hair is then smuggled to North India by Tibetan and Nepalese traders. Production then takes place in regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, where many local craft and textile communities rely on the home industry.

Murder as a sign of prosperity ..
Murder as a status symbol.
Murder as possession of a natural rarity that costs the lives of a thousand defenseless animals.

Cruelty, criminal energy and barbarism are the modern basic instincts of our society.

My best regards, Venus