Simon Ward, editor, Truth About Fur

Simon Ward is a veteran environmental journalist and communicator specialising in the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, and in particular wildlife. From 1998 to 2011, he was communications director for Fur Commission USA. For an autobiographical account of Simon’s development into a conservationist, see From animal activist to adult: a personal journey. Contact Simon at [email protected]

PETA’s Golden Goose: Is It Serious About Ending Bearskins?

PETA’s Golden Goose: Is It Serious About Ending Bearskins?

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Like any advocacy group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) thrives on media attention, and when a campaign…
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What Is “Vegan Fashion” and How True Is the Hype?

What Is “Vegan Fashion” and How True Is the Hype?

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Animal activists want to drive all animal users out of business, so it pays for the fur trade to keep…
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Should the Fur Trade Take UK Tabloids More Seriously?

Should the Fur Trade Take UK Tabloids More Seriously?

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Like most writers, those of us in public relations are prone to vanity. If we can choose between having an…
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BC Mink Farming Ban: Government Refuses Compensation for Devastated Families

BC Mink Farming Ban: Government Refuses Compensation for Devastated Families

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British Columbia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries has yet to show any science to justify its drastic decision, last…
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Calling Fashion Industry: Animal Welfare and Sustainability Are Like Chalk and Cheese

Calling Fashion Industry: Animal Welfare and Sustainability Are Like Chalk and Cheese

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Animal welfare and sustainability are both commendable goals for any company’s strategic plan, but they’re also like chalk and cheese….
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Canada Goose Retreats from Fur. We Should All Worry, Not Just Trappers

Canada Goose Retreats from Fur. We Should All Worry, Not Just Trappers

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The recent news that Canada Goose would stop trimming the hoods of its performance parkas with coyote fur by the…
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Gene Walters – Child of the Wilderness

Gene Walters – Child of the Wilderness

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Gene Walters was born in South Dakota in 1927, but his family moved to the untamed forests of northern Alberta…
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Clouds Over Fur Trade Have Silver Lining

Clouds Over Fur Trade Have Silver Lining

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It’s the Holiday Season, a time of good cheer, so let’s pretend for a moment that Covid-19 hasn’t made the…
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As Brands Drop Exotic Skins, Will Conglomerates Fight Back?

As Brands Drop Exotic Skins, Will Conglomerates Fight Back?

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I hate to say “I told you so!” but only a fool could not have seen this coming. A few…
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Fur Trade Joins War on Covid-19

Fur Trade Joins War on Covid-19

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Shared adversity can bring out the best in people, and that’s the silver lining to the very dark cloud that…
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New Priorities? Fur in a Time of Coronavirus

New Priorities? Fur in a Time of Coronavirus

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Your idea of what makes a current event important may differ from mine, but occasionally a story comes along that…
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Fur Polls Often Farcical, But Not a Complete Waste of Time

Fur Polls Often Farcical, But Not a Complete Waste of Time

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The value of on-line polls about fur is debatable, but Truth About Fur will keep playing along. The time required…
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