Saturday, September 24, 2011

West Hollywood bans fur

Good news! The city of West Hollywood decided to ban fur. Yes, it is just one town in the entire world, but it's a great step forward. Let's hope other towns - and one day countries - follow suit. Thumbs up to councillor John D'Amico who made this historic fur ban possible.

West Hollywood bans the sale of fur

West Hollywood City Council have taken the first steps towards banning the sale of fur clothing, making it the first place in the United States to adopt such a law.

The isn't final yet, there is another vote in october:

Following a heated seven-hour debate, the council voted unanimously to block the sale of apparel made in whole or part from the pelt of an animal with hair, wool or fur, pending the result of a final vote in October.

The fur trade - naturally - isn't too happy about all of this.

You cannot be a fashion destination if you cannot represent the designers' full collections of designs in retail establishments," Kaplan said

Yes, full collections...Just ignore the ethical and environmental questions. And the fact that many designers are almost just about forced to use fur if they want to participate in certain fashion shows.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Swedish fur farms exposed again

Last year The Swedish animal rights group Djurrättsalliansen (Animal Rights Alliance) exposed the fur industry to the entire world by releasing images of the day to day suffering mink have to endure in the name of fashion.

A year later the swedish Animal Rights Alliance released new footage of the conditions on mink farms. And despite the promises made by the fur trade and politicians, the conditions of the animals have not improved at all.

This disturbing video shows the truth behind mink farming:

”Välskötta djur i god kondition” from Djurrättsalliansen on Vimeo.

These images were taken this summer on seven swedish fur farms. They show the exact same conditions like last year, despite the use of new cages. Four of the seven farms that were visited by the animal activists had new cages in use that are supposed to improve animal welfare. However they encountered the same disturbing conditions with these cages.

mink farming (swedish)

Den nya dokumentationen visar att det inte har skett några förbättringar alls sedan avslöjandet förra året. På de farmer som besökts i år har Djurrättsalliansen kunnat dokumentera minkar med beteendestörningar, trasiga och smutsiga burar, döda djur och väldigt mycket skador, främst bitskador efter det att djuren biter på varandra eller på sig själva.

Translation: The new images show that the situation hasn't improved since last year. The fur farms visited by Djurrättsalliansen this year had animals with behavioral problems, filthy cages, dead and wounded mink. Most wounds were bites inflicted by themselves or other animals.

When the Animal Rights Alliance released the images of the swedish fur industry last year, it was quickly swept under the rug. Authorities claimed the animals were in good condition and well cared for. (The real findings of veterinarians came out later as you can read in my previous post

With all this horror in the name of fashion, we can only be thankfull that there are fashion designers out there not willing to participate in this fur fashion trend, like Fur Free Fashion,Fashion against fur (in norwegian) or the Oslo Fashion Week

Friday, September 2, 2011

fake fur trend this fall

The fur industry prides itself on the so called fur renaissance... But could it be that real fur is on its way out and this time for good? No matter how much marketing dollars they throw at it?

This article in the LA Times on the fake fur trend in fashion is worth a read.

A few quotes:

Faux fur is everywhere this season. And thanks to manufacturing advances, it looks better than ever

Even at the high end, fake fur is being used widely by designers who note the improved quality and realistic nature of materials coming from Europe and Japan. These imported materials allow for more versatility in design, not to mention lower costs compared with real fur.

And the best bit of good news:

"The fur trend in the U.S. is toward fake," says Amy Lechner, an analyst with Pell Research. "The stigma of fake fur is rapidly decreasing."

Lets hope that the fake fur trend sticks and the real fur trend dissolves and goes away for ever.