Miss South Carolina and Miss SC Teen receive fur coats as gifts

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One of the steps forward we’ve made as a society of late is the consensus we’ve come to that wearing fur is unacceptable. With all of the wearable products on the market that are equal to and even better than fur, we all know that it is only cruel to wear fur.

Apparently, the folks who set up a news conference for the newly crowned Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen have not researched where fur comes from. The two women received fur coats at the news conference held Sunday.

GoUpState.com reported the fur coats were presented from the South Carolina Trappers Association.

Fur coats from a trappers association, in 2013? Really? Someone decided this was a good idea? How is that possible?

We need to move forward in a way that bans products made of fur and we need to see bans on leg-hold traps. We should not be moving backward.


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Sears completely drops fur from its lineup

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More stores need to do what Sears just did. The retailer has completely dropped products made from real fur from its product line. The company had previously dropped fur from its stores and on Sears.com, but this latest news means the specific section known as Marketplace at Sears.com will be fur-free.

I received the news today from the Humane Society of the United States, along with a link to Wane Pacelle’s blog post about the announcement.

Pacelle notes some products labeled as “faux fur” have been found to have raccoon dog fur in them. As I’ve noted before, we no longer need to wear fur. There so many products available that either look like fur or function like fur. Don’t let anyone tell you this isn’t true.

A number of other retailers of late have stopped carrying fur or at least have stopped selling products made from raccoon dog fur.

How any other retailers could still sell real fur – in 2013 – is beyond comprehension. The people who run these companies are either ignorant or cold-hearted.


Woody Harrelson urges everyone to Make Compassion Your Fashion

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In this HSUS video, actor Woody Harrelson makes the case for not wearing fur.

This is one area where no one – NO ONE – could make any responsible or any reasonable case at all for a product. Fake fur is just as warm as the products produced through torturing animals to death. And the people who skin living animals for their fur – as is the case in China – are some of the most evil people on the planet.

Those who claim they have to wear because they think it’s warmer, need to find a warmer place to live. If it’s that cold and you can’t stand it that much, then it’s not the place for you.
But let’s be honest, most people who buy new fur coats are doing so because they want to show it off at a fancy party. Get serious here.

The suffering animals go through to produce a fur coat or other product is horrible. Alternatives are easily purchased.

HSUS responds to misguided pro-fur industry editorial

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PJ Smith, the corporate outreach manager for the Humane Society of the US, responded Monday on the Huffington Post website to a silly, misguided editorial titled, “The Reason I Wear Fur.”

A writer named Christina Anderson, who wrote the pro-fur industry piece, could have saved herself the finger stress on her keyboard by simply writing under her headline – “because I don’t know any better and I really don’t understand how animals suffer.”

The editorial is so full of fluff that it is difficult to read. But she seems to try to support her position by talking about the economics of the industry and how – somehow – it’s ecological to wear fur. Like so many political arguments from the oddball side, the methodology is to put out an indefensible position and proceed to spew crazy notions to support the position.

And finally, Anderson claims fur coats are warmer than fake fur coats. Another silly argument. I own a great coat that is the warmest I’ve ever had, and it contains no fur. But beyond that, has she ever heard about dressing in layers to stay warm?

Smith rightfully calls the fur industry “wasteful, cruel and morally indefensible” in his response.




Noon News Pack: Topics – fur trade, lab fined, cruelty prevention, dog racing

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ONE – China’s policies are taking a cruel turn – again – with the news that the country has re-opened trade in big cat skins, such as tigers. What a horrible step back.
Supposedly, the skins will come from so-called “legal sources,” such as captive-bred cats and tiger farms. Is this supposed to be better? Is the Chinese government suggesting raising endangered species to kill them for fur is a good option?

It’s a sick move. And it opens up the option for poachers to kill wild tigers and claim they’re from farms. No one should be buying these products.

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