Berkeley Council Votes To Ban Fur Clothing Sales!

The city of Berkeley, California, has passed an ordinance that bans the local sale of fur apparel products:

Berkeley Coalition for Animals founding member Jay Quigley said in a statement, “The millions of poor foxes, rabbits, minks and other animals who are bred for their fur typically spend their entire lives in cages barely bigger than their bodies. Then they’re slaughtered by gassing, neck-breaking or electrocution.”

Quigley said, “This brutal industry is radically inconsistent with Berkeley’s values.”

Fantastic news and hopefully more cities will follow!

‘Fake’ fur being sold on British high street is actually from cats, rabbits, and raccoon dogs, investigation reveals

The Telegraph reports on some disturbing news that real fur is turning up in products marketed as fake fur!

Items bought from popular stores Missguided and House of Fraser, which were labelled as faux fur, were found to be real after tests by a fibres expert.

Sky News found that a pair of gloves bought from House of Fraser were found to have fur likely to be from a rabbit.

Missguided sold a pair of pink stiletto heels decorated with pom poms to shopper Donna Allison. After testing the pom poms were found to have been made with real fur, most likely to be from a cat.

This is far from the first time this has happened. Today reported in 2014 on a similar finding across American retailers!

Some of the nation’s biggest retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack, Belk, Jacadi and Gilt Groupe, advertise “faux fur.” But a Rossen Reports investigation found that some of the items they’re selling actually come from the fur of real animals, including rabbits, coyotes and raccoon dogs.

The Fur Free Alliance also produced a report on large retailers pulling the same bullshit in 2016!

Fur Free Alliance member The Humane Society of the United States asks the Federal Trade Commission to bring enforcement action under federal consumer protection laws against the 17 retailers for false advertising of fur garments. Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Kohl’s, Nordstrom are among those facing potential civil or criminal penalties.

So there you have it: unless you’re in the business of genetically testing the fake fur you want to buy, best stay away from it altogether. Keep in mind that, in Asia at least, its often cheaper to produce real fur than fake fur.

Also consider that most people won’t know you’re wearing fake fur and you’re basically promoting the fur industry everywhere you go!

The HSUS have a field guide to telling animal fur from fake fur, if you still insist upon it for some reason!

Vegan Bags – EVE

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EVE are a fantastic Canadian company specializing in vegan bags and ship to Canada and the USA:

We set out to design high-quality, contemporary products that were unique and made to fit into our modern lifestyles. At the same time, we wanted to create a company that had a positive impact on both the environment and economy. From sourcing our materials to practicing business, sustainable actions were at the core of what we wanted to do.

Sounds good:

Our entire lineup is ethically handmade in Portugal and PETA Vegan Approved. Our premium cork fabric makes our products ultra-lightweight and durable, while maintaining a feeling just like leather. In addition, our unique material is waterproof, easy to clean and antibacterial.

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Vegan and Animal-Positive Jewelry

Christy Robinson is a talented Dallas-based jewelry artist who specializes in vegan and animal-positive products:

I am a native Texan and currently reside in Dallas where I work as a full time studio jewelry artist. I have worked with two local contemporary jewelers and have taken jewelry intensives at The Craft Guild of Dallas in casting and etching techniques.

My work features jewelry designs that often deal with human, animal, and environmental issues. Inspired by meditation,metaphysical practices, yoga, astrology, animal rights, human rights,feminism and the environment. I use earth friendly recycled metals such as aluminum, sterling silver, PMC (precious metal clay),copper, Lab-Grown stones and ethically sourced beads and fair trade findings.

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You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

 

Celebrating the rapid decline of the sheep industry

Some good news regarding the sheep industry in the USA, and world wide. Harvest Public Media have an article on the industry’s sharp decline:

Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has been cut in half. In fact, the number has been declining since the late 1940s, when the American sheep industry hit its peak. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.

And from Wikipedia:

Since the 1960s, per capita consumption of lamb and mutton declined from nearly 5 pounds to just about 1 pound, due to competition from poultry, pork, beef, and other meats.[3] Since the 1990s, U.S. sheep operations declined from around 105,000 to around 80,000 due to shrinking revenues and low rates of return.[3] According to the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, the “sheep industry accounts for less than 1 percent of U.S. livestock industry receipts.”

The public still seem to think that wool production is harmless to sheep, but recent undercover investigations from PETA and other animal rights groups, show the brutality of it all:

For some historical perspective, here is a documentary from 1954 about the different sheep breeds found around the world:

Wearing a down puffer jacket is as cruel as wearing fur

The Tab has an article on what goes into the creation of down puffer jackets, and down products in general:

Feathers from live birds are considered more valuable to the feather industry, meaning the majority of birds are “live-plucked” 3-4 times a year.

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If you want to see how this is done, watch this:

There are plenty of affordable, and usually cheaper, down alternatives on the market. There’s zero need for this type of abuse!

Go Vegan!