Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fur PR

Danish fur breeders are trying to brush up their image with a new PR campaign after all the bad press they have been getting the last few years.(Norway: protest against fur).

Danish animal rights group Dyrenes Beskyttelse strikes back and gets coverage for it in the national press.

Ekstra Bladet (link in danish)

In their new media campaign the fur breeders claim that they are the best in the world and that their animals are treated well. According to them, only 1% of their animals become sick and suffer.

The animal rights group Dyrenes Beskyttelse doesn't wan't to just sit and watch while the fur breeders wage their PR offensive. So they published their own Ads to set the record straight.

The fur breeders claim that only 1% of their animals suffer (a claim apparently without facts to back it up). What is factual is this:

50 % af de danske minkfarme fik i 2010 kritik, påbud eller blev politianmeldt af myndighederne'.
Translation: 50% of danish minkfarms have been criticized, received an injunction or been reported to the police by the authorities.

So, only one percent? I don't think so. Especially if these sort of images turn up when you look up danish mink farms:

Solskov Mink 2010 - v. Tage Pedersen (formand for Kopenhagen Fur) from anima.dk on Vimeo.

Another fact about the fur industry:

I rapporten 'Dyrevelfærd i Danmark 2010' lyder det da også, at der skete 'lovovertrædelser på 50 procent af pelsdyrfarmene'.
Translation: The report 'Animal welfare in Denmark 2010' states that 50% of fur farms broke the law.

I hope the danish animal rights community succeeds in providing a counterweight to the fur industry.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Coyote fur

Dutch celeb Arie Boomsma likes to wear coyote fur, is taking the heat for it...and it is all over the news:

Arie Boomsma fur fight

Dutch actress Georgina Verbaan took offense to Arie and his love for fur on a dutch tv show. She pointed out the horrid conditions in which these animals die for the fur industry and that he - as a celeb - is a role model for other people. Others may imitate his behavoir...and his morbid wardrobe...

Georgina Verbaan (source: wikimedia)

Arie didn't agree and defended the fur industry with the following...(here it comes!):

Volgens Arie is zijn jas gemaakt van coyotes uit Canada en de Verenigde Staten. Ze worden afgemaakt omdat ze anders een hongerdood zouden sterven. Die wijze is goedgekeurd door dierenorganisaties.

Don't understand dutch? Arie said that his fur was made from coyote and that they were killed because else they would 'die of starvation'. Yes, that's the argument. Kill an animal for fur, because else you're a monster for letting those poor animals starve...

He is so sure that he is wairing 'ethical fur' that he is is willing to go in debate with the dutch anti fur group "bont voor dieren" (fur for animals) to prove his point.

Coyote fur isn't trapped or snared humanely. Trapping isn't humane. Don't believe me? The trappers put up enough stuff on youtube (not an animal group, but the trappers themselves) that will prove my point. Here is one such clip already:



And by the way: Ethical fur? We have heard this before. Not just when dealing with coyote fur obtained by trapping, but also when dealing with farmed fur (such as raccoon dog or fox). It is the current strategy of the fur trade to place their 'product' (productplacement of fur) on the market as a green and ethical product. Not surprisingly since all the companies and industries are doing it these days... It is a marketing strategy (a fancy word for bombarding people with slogans and ads). If you really believe that fur is 'ethical', you might want to read this: ethics and fur or this: fur is green: ecological?

Arie, if you were ever to read this. Coyotes are trapped because they hunt prey animals that hunters want to shoot during hunting season. So killing them eliminates competition. They also get killed off because farmers hate them. Don't believe me? Read this:

Trapping is regularly used for pest control most commonly of beaver, coyote, raccoon, cougar, bobcat, Virginia opossum, fox, rat, mouse and mole in order to limit damage to households, food supplies, farming, ranching, and property. Proponents claim that trapping can reduce numbers of predators in order to increase the populations of quarry species for hunting
source: wikipedia

There is also another reason why coyotes are trapped...the demand for fur. The more demand for fur, the more animals wil get trapped for fur (supply and demand).

It is far from a well regulated industry, something proponents would like us all to believe. First of all, animal welfare laws differ in the united states from state to state. So what is legal hunting, fur farming or fur trapping in one state, isn't so in the other. You can't get away with saying that the coyote fur is from the states and therefore ethical (unless everything is ethical). The US isn't even a place were animal welfare or the environment is taking serious in the first place.

Canada isn't much better: government of british colombia trapping regulations

Here are some interesting snippets from their fur trapping regulations

Class 3 species:
This class
includes the wolf and coyote.Trappers will
be encouraged to trap these species,
especially in areas of chronic animal damage
control problems.

A holder of a licence, permit or other
authorization to trap commits an offence
unless that person examines the holding or
non-killing traps he or she has set on a
trapline at least once every 72 hours

This means that a wild animal in British Colombia can be trapped in a leghold trap and stay there legally for almost 3 days. So no animal welfare concerns here? If an animal is trapped for three days (such as a coyote) in the middle of the wilderness, it will be unable to drink, eat, defend itself from other animals, be exposed to the elements, might be in excruciating pain (its freaking leg is in a trap),...

The same is true for the US, and these regulations can differ from state to state, all of this is approved by the 'humane trapping standards'. There is nothing humane about this at all.

Using a snare to kill coyotes is also a coming practice, and no...it is not quick or painless. It is strangulation with a pice of metal wire. So in other words, you are garroting live animals. That's torture...for fur.

Here is some more proof: