Oprah Fakes It
Published on September 15, 2011 by chloejo · 5 Comments
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We were thrilled to receive an email today from Pierre Grzybowski of HSUS who let us know that O Magazine has VERY vocally announced a forever anti-fur stance throughout their new issue. We are thrilled, and overjoyed, as serious Oprah fans and O readers. All the more reason to buy O subscriptions for all your friends for the holidays!
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- Cold Hearts, Warm Bodies.In this video, our little Brother Joshua Katcher, AKA: The Discerning Brute goes undercover as a host of a fake show "Concrete Catwalk" to chat up people in Soho. Not only is he a genius, he clearly makes his point with just barely saying a word. Josh says; " I gave some furry fashion victims an easy way to make themselves look like idiots. And boy, did they do a marvelous job!" As sad as this is, it's also endlessly amusing. We hope Josh makes Borat-like appearances everywhere! Cheers DB!
Just some of the clever excuses for wearing the skins of tortured, anally electrocuted animals were:
beavers are not extinct, which is one of the reasons that the designers make those furs. - dude wearing a beaver coat & huge fur hat.
I'd like to think that they were just run over in the street - woman wearing a new full-length mink.
I just assume it grows its hair back and it's all OK at the end of the situation - woman with fur hat.
We're from Michigan, so we need our furs - mom & daughter fur duo
I'm an animal lover, so this is quite at odds with being an animal lover. - woman wearing head-to-toe fur
Here's why we think people who wear fur have ugly hearts;
As per PETA; "Animals can languish in traps for days. Up to 1 out of every 4 trapped animals escapes by chewing off his or her own feet, only to die later from blood loss, fever, gangrene, or predation. Ranch-raised foxes are kept in cages only 2.5 feet square (minks in cages 1-foot-by-3-feet), with up to four animals per cage. Every year, thousands of dogs, cats, raptors, and other so-called "trash" animals are crippled or killed by traps. To kill the animals without damaging their fur, trappers usually strangle, beat, or stomp them to death. Animals on fur farms may be gassed, electrocuted, poisoned with strychnine, or have their necks snapped. These methods are not 100 percent effective and some animals "wake up" while being skinned."
What on earth is beautiful about this? Some things really are more important than trends, and that is compassion and respect for living creatures. The GirlieGirl Army is proof positive that you can dress gorgeously and be entirely cruelty free. We hope our readers who do still wear fur extend their compassion to animals- and vow to never buy or wear fur again. For those of you who own old fur or fur accessories and want to know where to put it to good use, consider donating it to Coats for Cubs who use the furs to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. More than 200 rehabilitators from across the United States and Canada now participate in the program.
How else can you take a stand against fur? By attending demonstrations, voicing your opions, sharing this link with everyone you know, and by proudly wearing a NO FUR button on your coat this winter. Featured in designer Charlotte Ronson's fur-free fall 2008 collection, HSUS's "Have a Heart ..(No) Fur" buttons are now available in packs of 5, 10, and 15 to share with all your compassionate animal […]
- Hip West Hollywood Boutique Chain Kitson Lies About Their Faux-FurThe Humane Society of the United States revealed that popular Los Angeles area boutique Kitson recently sold three different items as “faux fur” that were actually real animal fur. These findings are based on independent laboratory analysis using microscopy. The items, which were sold through the boutique’s online store, are a “Canada Goose” brand jacket for infants, a “Monnalisa” brand jacket for toddlers, and a “Street Level” brand purse for kids.
“It’s troubling that a retailer in an area like West Hollywood, which recently passed a ban on the sale of fur, wouldn’t be more aware and diligent in protecting the public from being duped,” said Pierre Grzybowski, research and enforcement manager of the Fur-Free Campaign at The HSUS. “Kitson should take immediate action to contact every customer who purchased these products and to ensure that unsuspecting consumers are not duped into supporting animal suffering in the future.”
The Canada Goose “Reese Bomber Jacket” (size 6-12 months) was advertised as having “Detachable faux fur on hood,” but once purchased and examined, the label stated “Coyote,” and laboratory analysis using microscopy revealed that the fur is from an animal in the Canidae family—most likely coyote or gray wolf.
The Monnalisa “Pink Puffy Jacket” (size 12-18 months) was advertised online as “Features detachable faux fur on hood,” but once purchased and examined, the label did not, as required by federal law, reference the fur content. Laboratory analysis using microscopy revealed that the fur on this garment is also from an animal in the Canidae family—most likely raccoon dog.
The Street Level purse was advertised as a “Faux leather and faux fur carry on,” but once purchased and examined, a hangtag stated simply “fur.” Laboratory analysis using microscopy revealed that the fur is from an animal most likely in the Canidae family, which includes the coyote, gray wolf, red and arctic fox, raccoon dog, and others.
The sender’s address on the packages of all three items, purchased and shipped separately from ShopKitson.com in January of 2012, is “Kitson Shipping Dept., 142 N. Robertson, West Hollywood, CA 90048”. As of April 9, 2012 both the Monnalisa jacket and the Street Level purse were still advertised for sale online as “faux fur” whereas the link to the Canada Goose jacket states “This product is not available.”
Coyotes are neck-snared in the United States and Canada and have been reported to experience a phenomenon called “jellyhead” whereby the snare causes fluid to build up in the head of the still-living coyote. Raccoon dogs are raised in small metal cages in large numbers in China where they have been documented to be skinned alive. Gray wolves are caught in steel-jawed leghold traps where they can suffer for days. Red foxes and arctic foxes are killed by anal electrocution on cage-confinement operations.
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