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Truth About Fur Launches Redesigned Fur Website

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If you haven’t visited www.truthaboutfur.com for some time, you’re in for a pleasant surprise: North America’s premiere fur website has been completely rebuilt to better answer the key questions that people are asking about the modern fur trade.

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Truth About Fur was created to inform and reassure consumers, retailers, designers, teachers, journalists, political leaders, and anyone else interested in getting the facts about this remarkable heritage industry. Through expert interviews, media coverage, and in-depth articles, the Truth About Fur website is a fact-driven resource about the trade, hence the tagline All Facts, No Fiction.

In addition to a redesign, the website has new features and content aimed at dispelling myths about the trade and giving a human face to the people who work in it.

• A video, entitled “The North American Fur Trade in 2-Minutes Flat”, explains the processes from raw materials to finished products, as well as facts and figures about the trade.

• The new Ethics of Fur section shows clearly that the modern fur trade satisfies the ethical criteria generally accepted by society as the basis for when and how we use animals.

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February Fur News: Fur Fashion and Aggressive Activists

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F is for February, Fur and Fashion so let’s start this month’s roundup with some fur fashion news. We loved this article about why Russian women love fur, and while there is certainly an element of glamour attached to fur coats, the message is overwhelmingly about warmth, something a fake fur will never be able to provide.

As well as being winter, it is also runway show season, and where there are fashion shows, there are furs. If you want a fashion update but aren’t looking to buy new, check out our guide on recycling old fur coats, or if you want an option that is super low impact (pardon the pun) then why not look into roadkill furs? Our fur coat of the month was definitely this teen’s seal skin parka. It looks great and we love the story behind it.

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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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January Fur News: Fur Farm Vandals Are Jailed

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Let’s start our January news roundup with a story that has warmed our hearts: the story of a pair of fur farm vandals being jailed for their crimes. Nicole Kissane was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $423,477 in restitution, while her partner in crime is already serving a two-year sentence. Let this be a lesson to anyone planning on releasing mink and vandalizing fur farms!

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Did you think that HSUS was “better” than PETA? Think again!

In other good activist news, PETA is facing two lawsuits, anti-fur police impersonators are getting in trouble, and activists in the UK are going to be unmasked. If you are unsure about the difference between PETA and HSUS, this educational video (above) will be helpful, and if you need some help wading through the hundreds of lies these organizations use to further their agenda, here is our list of 5 Biggest Lies Animal Activists Tell About Fur.

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5 Biggest Lies Animal Activists Tell About Fur

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The easiest way for animal activists to further their agenda is to lie, and when it comes to the fur trade, that means portraying us as a cruel industry that mistreats animals.

We don’t like giving animal activists credit, but there’s no denying how successful they’ve been at spreading their lies. They appear so frequently in traditional media, blogs and comment sections, that members of the general public can hardly be blamed for believing that at least some of this horrible stuff must be true.

Well, it isn’t, and we are here to set the record straight about the Five Biggest Lies Animal Activists Tell About Fur.

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Mink are extremely well-treated on farms as that is the only way to ensure a good pelt. They are also never skinned alive.

Activist Lie #1: Animals on fur farms are skinned alive. Take a moment to consider this and you’ll realize it makes no sense. Not only is skinning an animal alive illegal and utterly immoral, it would also be dangerous for the operator, would increase the risk of damaging the pelt, and would presumably take longer than skinning an animal that was euthanized. (Is it easier to cut your dog’s nails while he is excited or when he’s been sleeping?) Farming is a business, and businesses need to be profitable – so why would anyone adopt a practice that is dangerous for their staff, damages the product, and takes much longer than doing it properly? The simple answer is that they wouldn’t, which is why animals are never skinned alive for the fur trade.

SEE ALSO: 5 REASONS WHY IT’S RIDICULOUS TO CLAIM ANIMALS ARE SKINNED ALIVE

Activist Lie #2: Most furs come from China where animal welfare laws don’t exist. Therefore, most animals used in the fur trade are mistreated. The clever part of this lie is that, if true, it would render irrelevant the high standards of animal welfare on North American and European fur farms. If most fur comes from China, who cares how well farmers care for their mink in Wisconsin or Denmark?

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December Fur News: Canadian Tire Fur Ban

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Is a Canadian Tire fur ban real or a misunderstanding? Hunters and trappers who buy supplies there are demanding clarification.

Activist claims of a Canadian Tire fur ban in all its stores provoked surprise and anger in December. Canadian Tire is a major Canadian hardware and automotive parts retailer and one of the country’s largest suppliers of hunting, trapping, and fishing supplies. The company has denied banning fur from its main stores, but admitted that two apparel chains it runs under different names, Atmosphere and Sport Chek, have indeed stopped stocking and selling fur products.

Naturally, many people are livid – how can you supply equipment for hunting and trapping in one store while refusing to sell fur in another? Was someone in the CT organization intimidated by activists, or simply misled? We are now working on getting a full explanation from the company. Meanwhile, if you want to send Canadian Tire a message, you can find them on Facebook here.

Speaking of clothing stores, we celebrated a few anniversaries in December. This Indiana fur store is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and this store in Detroit has been in business for a century. But it hasn’t been all fun and games for fur retailers, Denis Basso’s Upper East Side store was the victim of a major robbery – a sure sign of the resurgence of fur’s popularity!  In any case, rest assured that in 2017, fur will still be in fashion. Whether it is Shaman Furs’ sea otter pieces, “polar bear” parkas, purse pets, or iphone cases (below), there is something for every fur lover. But it will be hard to beat Jennifer Lopez’s fur fashion moment – she wore a white fur coat while she was in labour!

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October Fur News: Montana Trapping Under Threat

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Montana trapping is under threat. All sportsmen should pull together to protect this right.

The time of year is approaching when the main thing on many people’s minds is trapping. But we aren’t just talking about where and when to go trapping, or what to say to your boss if you want to skip work to go trapping. We’re also talking about a very important Montana trapping ballot coming up on Nov. 8. If it passes, it will ban trapping on the state’s public lands. Vote Clinton or vote Trump, that’s your decision, but please make sure you vote NO on i-177. The campaign has been primarily funded by out-of-state animal rights groups. If they win this, they’ll be one step closer to banning all trapping and hunting, and to their ultimate goal of making us all vegan. We’re serious, that is their goal.

Times like this highlight the importance of supporting your fellow sportsmen, even if they don’t partake in the same outdoor activities as you. Uniting sportsmen was the subject of our latest blog post, and if you want to learn more about the Montana ballot, read what the Sportsmen’s Alliance has to say. We liked these two op-ed pieces about the Montana vote, too: Trapping doesn’t hurt pets, as long as pets controlled and Vote no on the anti-trapping initiative.

Other states are also considering the future of outdoor pursuits, notably Kansas which will soon be voting on whether fishing and hunting are a right or privilege.

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