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.

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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To Keep Telling the Truth About Fur, We Need Your Help NOW!

To Keep Telling the Truth About Fur, We Need Your Help NOW!

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For the past four years, the small but dedicated team at TruthAboutFur has worked to tell the true story of…
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The Closer We Look at the “Green Transition”, the Greener Fur Looks

The Closer We Look at the “Green Transition”, the Greener Fur Looks

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Those who follow this blog know that I have written often about why banning fur sales – as California did…
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Fur Harvesters Auction Ramps Up Services for Trappers and Trade

Fur Harvesters Auction Ramps Up Services for Trappers and Trade

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As many in the industry are aware, Fur Harvesters Auction is boosting its operations to better serve North American trappers…
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Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear

Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear

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Despite some unfortunate flaws in the section on fur, with Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We…
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Farmed Foxes Unlock Riddle of Domestication

Farmed Foxes Unlock Riddle of Domestication

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The remarkable tale of one man’s experiment in domestication is told in How to Tame a Fox (And Build a…
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Fur Ban Proposals Are Based on a Dangerous Fiction

Fur Ban Proposals Are Based on a Dangerous Fiction

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Recent proposals to ban the sale of fur in several US cities and states are based on a fiction –…
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Sustainability of Fur: Bringing the Story to Schools

Sustainability of Fur: Bringing the Story to Schools

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With the start of a new school year, many of us think about bringing accurate information about the sustainability of…
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