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Fur: minkbreeders charged with animal abuse

Posted by oneandonlyhypnos on January 20, 2010

Crosspost: Danish minkbreeders charged with animal abuse

Last week I made a post about the ‘battle’ between animal welfare / animal rights advocates and the fur trade. Recently Ireland banned the breeding of animals for fur and joined other European countries such as Croatia or England. The last few months gruesome images of the fur trade sparked a ferocious debate in Norway and Denmark (Denmark already banned the breeding of foxes for fur). Animal activists literally crawled over fences in both Norway and Denmark to be able to document the real conditions in which the animals live day to day (so no announced visits like you see on the news).

You can find my previous post here: hope for the future

If you haven’t read it yet: do so now…and see with you own eyes how the fur industry responds to criticism (like putting out a bounty on animal activists and such).

The images were made by animal activists of animal rights group Anima in cooperation with Danish TV2 and Extra Bladet. After the images were aired it apparently became clear to the authorities that this could not continue any longer. And yes: fur breeders are being charged for animal abuse.

The fur industry tried everything they could to stop the broadcast of the documentary on TV2…and of course they seize the opportunity to claim how well their animals are being taken care of, never forgetting to mention how extreme and dangerous those vegetarian/vegan animal rights activists really are (fur folk love to do that to divert attention I guess).

But what seems to work in Canada or the US didn’t work here in Europe.

According to the Danish newspaper ‘Politiken’:

De 34 avlere, som blev afsløret i dyremishandling, talte blandt andre Dansk Pelsdyravlerforenings formand, Erik Ugilt Hansen.

So, 34 breeders were charged with animal abuse…among others the chairman of the fur breeders association Erik Ugilt Hansen.

If you read some Danish, you can read it all here: Politiken article on fur

I hope these images and the discussions it will spark in Denmark and other countries will wake up some people to the reality of this unnecessary and cruel product.

Don’t wear fur: You don’t need it to keep warm, you don’t need it to look good (and since when is that an excuse?), you won’t die because you aren’t wearing fur (animals will, for nothing)…

Here is some more information about the hideous conditions in which fur bearing animals live (danish): fur


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Victory in the fight against fur!

Posted by oneandonlyhypnos on April 4, 2009

The fight against fur once seemed to be an almost impossible undertaking, but more and more victory seems to be within our grasp.

Recently major retailer JC Penny decided to go fur free! Even better is the announcement that the italian Benetton group will go fur free as of 2010. (link )

With their new fur-free policy, Benetton and all of its influential brands are sending a powerful message that cruelty has no place in fashion,” said Andrew Page, senior director of the Fur-Free campaign for The HSUS. “We are thrilled to recognize Italy’s largest retailer for setting a new standard of compassion — one which will undeniably reverberate throughout the global fashion industry.”

In order to improve the moral of everyone who fights fur – and to utterly destroy the good mood of fur loving fashionistas): allow me to present you with a list of recent victories and evidence that this cruel international trade is being taken into a stranglehold…

1. In recent years fur breeding was made illegal in the United Kingdom, Austria, Croatia and Bosnia Hercegovina.
2. In Holland the fur farming of foxes and chinchilla’s has been outlawed. And now parliament is discussing outlawing mink fur farming as well.
3. Fox fur farming has been outlawed in Sweden and is currently being discussed in Denmark.
4. Pressure in mounting in Norway to pass legislation against the fur trade, especially now that disturbing footage has been made public of norwegian fur farms. Fur farms that were supposed to be amongst the best in the world…Where have we heard that before? If you want to see the footage, visit this
5. Cat and dog fur have been made illegal in the European Union (such legislation is still necessary in the US). And yes, much cat and dog fur is being used in fur products. French customs officers recently confiscated a large batch of illegal dog fur trim.
6. In Ireland, pressure is mounting to outlaw fur farming
7. Israel is well on it’s way to become the very first fur free nation in the entire world. Knesset member Nitzan Horowitz proposed legislation that will outlaw not only the production of fur, but also all import of this unnecessary and cruel product. More information can be found on the site of the international anti-fur coalition

One of the reasons for the proposed ban is again, dog fur…

Last month, a report on Israel’s channel 10, led by SPCA Israel and International Anti-Fur Coalition, had revealed that items from the top fashion chain stores to cheap toys in bazaars, that what was being sold as fake fur was indeed real fur. Lab tests had shown that several articles taken from leading Israeli brands and sold as fake fur were made of dog and rabbit fur!

This is just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to the fight against fur. It would seem that some sense of decency, morality and empathy is going to win out against fashion whims and vanity. At least let us hope so. Untill then, I will march against the fur industry. Are you with me?

Than lets march on…

And yes, I do like to play command and conquer, perhaps a bit to much…

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