Alan Herscovici, Senior Researcher, Truth About Fur

Alan Herscovici is the senior researcher and writer for Truth About Fur. Alan was raised in a fur family. His grandfather came to Canada in 1913 as a young fur artisan, having learned the craft from his own father in Paris. Alan’s father was a respected Canadian fur manufacturer and sales agent. After receiving his BA from McGill University (First Class Honours, Political Science and Economics) and an MA from the University of Sussex (Political Economy), Alan worked as a writer, freelance journalist and communications consultant. Alan’s published work includes the award-winning Second Nature: The Animal-Rights Controversy (CBC, 1985; General Publishing, 1991), the first book to present a balanced critique of the animal-rights philosophy from an environmental and social justice perspective. From 1997 to 2016, he served as Executive Vice-President of the Fur Council of Canada where he initiated pioneering programs to increase understanding and appreciation of the fur trade including, notably, www.Furisgreen.com. He shares his life with a pampered Lab-Golden rescue dog, an aquarium of fish, the latest in a long series of budgerigars, and some wonderful humans.

Farmed Mink Are Domesticated, not “Captive Wildlife” as Activists Claim

Farmed Mink Are Domesticated, not “Captive Wildlife” as Activists Claim

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Raised by humans for more than 150 years, farmed mink are significantly different from their wild cousins and are now…
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Bad News for Activists: Most Canadians Still Support Wearing Fur, Reject Veganism

Bad News for Activists: Most Canadians Still Support Wearing Fur, Reject Veganism

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A major new public opinion poll shows that, despite decades of aggressive and misleading activist campaigning, most Canadians are still…
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“Fur Fights Back!” It’s Time for a Strong Industry Communications Campaign

“Fur Fights Back!” It’s Time for a Strong Industry Communications Campaign

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Fur is under attack like never before. Hardly a week goes by without news of some brand dropping fur, or…
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US Legislators Should Be Promoting Natural Fur, Not Seeking to Ban It

US Legislators Should Be Promoting Natural Fur, Not Seeking to Ban It

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A troubling new trend among progressive legislators in the US is to virtue signal by proposing to ban the sale…
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With Proper Precautions, Mink Farms Don’t Pose Covid-19 Risk

With Proper Precautions, Mink Farms Don’t Pose Covid-19 Risk

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Quick to turn the misfortune of others to their own benefit, animal activists have jumped on reports about Covid-19 on…
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It’s Not Wearing Fur that’s “Immoral”. It’s Israel’s Proposed Fur Ban

It’s Not Wearing Fur that’s “Immoral”. It’s Israel’s Proposed Fur Ban

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The Israeli Government recently announced that permits for the importation, fabrication or sale of fur will no longer be issued,…
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Covid-19 Scaremongers Wrong to Pick On Mink Farms

Covid-19 Scaremongers Wrong to Pick On Mink Farms

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This opinion piece by Truth About Fur’s Alan Herscovici was published in the Vancouver Sun on July 22, 2020, under…
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D’Arcy Moses: First Nations Heritage Inspires Modern Fur Designs

D’Arcy Moses: First Nations Heritage Inspires Modern Fur Designs

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If you are looking for a designer who incarnates the Canadian fur trade’s rich cultural mosaic, D’Arcy Moses is an…
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Canada Goose: We’re Committed to Using Fur!

Canada Goose: We’re Committed to Using Fur!

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Many trappers and others in the trade were caught by surprise when luxury outerwear maker Canada Goose announced on April…
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British Columbia Trappers Association Marks 75 Years in Harmony with Nature

British Columbia Trappers Association Marks 75 Years in Harmony with Nature

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As the oldest trappers’ organization in Canada, the British Columbia Trappers Association marks its 75th anniversary this year, but celebrations…
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Humane Trapping Research Program Leads the World

Humane Trapping Research Program Leads the World

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North America is the world leader in science-based research to develop the most humane trapping systems possible. To understand more…
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There’s No Justification for Banning the Sale of Fur

There’s No Justification for Banning the Sale of Fur

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The following essay appeared recently in the Toronto Star (Canada’s largest circulation newspaper), as the pro-fur side of a debate…
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