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Why Animal Rights Activists Are Becoming More Aggressive

Alan Herscovici, Senior Researcher, Truth About Fur By Alan Herscovici, Senior Researcher, Truth About Fur

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For animal-rights activists, arson was a way to save lynx from a new ski resort, Vail, Colorado, 1998.

I received a phone call the other day from a very frightened fur retailer. Two young women had come into his store while he was serving a customer and begun lecturing him about the evils of selling fur. He had tried to stay cool and asked them to leave, several times, but they kept at him until, finally, he lost it and said things he wasn’t proud of. They had filmed him too; now his outburst was on an activist website and his Facebook page had been bombarded with comments accusing him of being a sexist thug.

“Am I finished?” he asked, shaken. “That’s not me, but they were so aggressive; honestly, I was frightened.” I told him to remove the threatening posts from his Facebook page – but to take screen-grabs first, for the record. I also advised him to make a police report about the women who had harassed him, and to ask the police to keep an eye on his store at night. (The windows of several fur stores in the same town were broken in the weeks that followed.)

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. An outerwear store that sells fur-trimmed parkas in Vancouver has endured rowdy protests several times a week for more than a year. Activists now often follow fur-wearers down the street, haranguing them. DxE (“Direct Action Everywhere”) activists invade department stores, intimidating consumers and thumbing their noses at store security. At the opening of new Canada Goose stores in New York and Toronto, protesters carried “F*ck Canada Goose” posters. (So much for compassion and intelligent dialogue!) “Fur police” recently patrolled the streets of Hamburg, Germany, lecturing fur-wearers and giving them “tickets”.

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June Fur News: Seriously Stupid Stuff

Alexandra Suhner Isenberg By Alexandra Suhner Isenberg

Every month, as I read through the past month’s fur news headlines, I think to myself, “Wow, this animals rights activism story is even stupider than the ones from last month.” This month is no exception. In fact, June might be hard to beat because the activists have been up to some seriously stupid stuff. Let’s have a look.

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In this article, PETA suggests that eating a burger is the same as eating your dog (pictured above). It is also campaigning to get Lululemon to stop using goose down in its jackets, and replace it with something synthetic. Great idea! Let’s “save” the geese by replacing them with petroleum-based products instead – so much safer for the animals and the environment, right? But this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that these people value the life of a gorilla over that of a 3-year-old boy and think that setting fire to buses is going to further their cause.

Can you handle a bit more stupid? Here are our top three seriously stupid animal rights shenanigans from June.

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Things Animal Rights Activists Say – Part 2

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If you’ve worked in the fur industry or been vocal about your love for fur, then you have probably suffered some verbal abuse from animal rights activists. Animal activists like to claim they hold the moral high-ground and that they are the compassionate ones. Well, let’s look at some of the things these models of compassion say …

What they say about … using foul language in front of farm animals:

“[it’s] conceivable that verbal abuse of an extreme nature [against any animal, including sheep] could constitute an act of violence” 

  • Nicolah Donovan, president of Lawyers for Animals (source)

I guess they never heard the old adage, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.”


What they say to … a homestead farming family when they post a photo of a cow they have just raised and then slaughtered for food:

“What if I start raising children for raping? Would that be acceptable? Would that be better than raping another child? It’s stupid to think it is OK to kill animals.” 

– Luis Pacheco (source)

It takes a very, very sick mind to compare raising cows for meat to imprisoning and sexually assaulting children. A very, very sick mind.

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Things Animal Rights Activists Say – Part 1

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If you’ve worked in the fur industry or been vocal about your love for fur, then you have probably suffered some verbal abuse from animal rights activists. Animal activists like to claim they hold the moral high-ground and that they are the compassionate ones. Well, let’s look at some of the things these models of compassion say …

What they say about … poor labour practices in garment manufacturing in poorly regulated countries:

“I dont care about humans being exploited. animals arent in control of their destiny. period. i realise humans are massively destructive to everything. thats why i hate em.” [sic]

– animal rights activist (source)

If you hate humans so much, why don’t you go and live in the forest by yourself?


What they say about … committing activism crimes that land you in jail:

“We will demystify incarceration. Jail is not a problem. It presents an opportunity to recruit.”

– animal rights activist (source)

We agree! Let them all go to jail please!

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Fur in the News: May 2015 Roundup

Alexandra Suhner Isenberg By Alexandra Suhner Isenberg

Let’s start this month’s Fur in the News roundup by reminding everyone about our new project, the Fur Family Album. The story of fur starts long before a fancy coat is seen on a catwalk or photographed on a celebrity. It starts with the trapline or the farm, then the auction, the processing, the design, the making, and the store. Help us to tell the real story of the fur industry by sending us photographs of your experience of fur. Please read our full introduction to this project and then familiarize yourself with our submission requirements.

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Screen grab of Angora rabbit social experiment video.

Around the World in Fur

Now, we are going to take a little trip around the world and look at the fur news stories that made headlines in different countries. Let’s start in Seoul, Korea (above), where some pedestrians got a shock when an animal rights activist ripped hair from their heads, in a pathetic attempt to protest angora. I can’t see how violence towards passersby is going to further animal activists’ cause, but then again, I don’t understand much of anything they do.

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Fur In The News: April 2015 Roundup

Alexandra Suhner Isenberg By Alexandra Suhner Isenberg

Let’s start the April Fur In The News roundup by talking about one of the most important annual fur hunts: it’s SEAL time!

We try and keep this monthly blog post upbeat, but sometimes things need to get serious, so let’s start with the sad news: this article paints a very sad picture of how native Greenlanders’ livelihood and way of life is being seriously affected by the EU seal ban.

Our least favourite rock star continued his uninformed tirade against the seal hunt. I read last week that Paul McCartney is one of the richest musicians in the world, so maybe he’d like to donate some his hundreds of millions to finding alternative work for all the seal hunters he protests against. Or even better, maybe he could just shut up and mind his own business.

SEE ALSO: EU SEALING POLICY IS HYPOCRITICAL, ANTI-DEMOCRATIC

Our other big April event was Earth Day – and we were sure to remind everyone about how fur is a green, renewable resource that is much less harmful to the planet than most of the alternatives.

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More Animal Rights Nonsense

Let’s move on to the thorns in our side … those pesky animal rights activists. But the good news is, they are getting lots of bad press!

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Fur In The News – February 2015 Roundup

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February 2015 has come and gone, and it’s time for our Fur In The News roundup of the month’s best stories.

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Fendi Fall 2015

It’s a furry time of year in the fashion world right now. For starters, we are still in the depths of winter and furs are all over the streets.

On the high fashion front, February is the start of fashion month, when the top catwalk designers show their Fall 2015 collections. Who ever said fur is dead was very wrong. (Well, technically the animals are dead, but fur is VERY alive on our catwalks.) Spotted all over New York, London, Milan, and soon, Paris, fur continues to be a staple in the designer collections.

We’ve got a soft spot for Fendi, who are famous for their furs and showed a collection of fur-trimmed down coats that look like Canada geese on drugs. (You’ll also need some drugs to get over the shock of the price tags.) Check out their show on Style.com.

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