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#1 Old 11-23-2007, 09:23 PM
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I found this through Treehugger.com. I think it's pretty ****ed up. Is there such a thing as the Fur Council of Canada?


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Fur is fashion, warmth, comfort and beauty. For many, fur is the ultimate luxury. But using fur also helps to protect our natural environment while supporting people and cultures.

To be considered green or environmentally-friendly, apparel and accessories should be made from natural materials that are:

* Renewable

* Durable, long-lasting

* Reusable, recyclable

* Biodegradable

* Non-polluting, non-toxic

* Energy efficient in their production, use and disposal


Simply put, to protect our natural environment for future generations, products we buy should not damage the ecosystems (air, water, land and the interconnected web of diverse flora and fauna) that we and other species depend upon for survival.

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#2 Old 11-24-2007, 02:24 AM
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Of course. Breeding foxes in an enclosed area, slaughtering them, peeling their fur off, and disposing of their carcasses will not damage the ecosystem that surrounds the enclosed area.

It will only bring pain and suffering inside that enclosed area.

But it's okay since, you know, foxes don't care, right?

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#3 Old 11-24-2007, 08:13 AM
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Doing it to humans and wearing their skin wouldn't damage ecosystems either, so they must be all for that aswell right?
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#4 Old 11-24-2007, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Ice_Storm View Post

Doing it to humans and wearing their skin wouldn't damage ecosystems either, so they must be all for that aswell right?

They damn well BETTER be lol
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#5 Old 11-25-2007, 05:08 PM
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this is fd up
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#6 Old 11-30-2007, 03:00 PM
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thats a really good reply ice!
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I wonder how well their claims would stand up to empirical verification, even taking them on their own merits and ignoring animal welfare issues. They make a bunch of claims about fur being environmentally friendly, but they provide no data nor do they link to any studies supporting this assertion. We already know that meat animal farming is often environmentally destructive. Raising carnivores like foxes and minks on fur farms requires a Rube Goldberg system of growing feed crops to feed to pigs to feed to minks -- or whatever. Of course, the 15% (or whatever) of fur trapped in the wild could have relatively little environmental impact, but as for the other 85%? Well, I'm not so sure. Of course, there are herbivorous fur animals like chinchillas which could have somewhat reduced environmental impact, but if these "Fur is Green" people are going to assert that a fur coat is better for the environment than, say, a thinsulate coat, then they should show their work, not just assert it.
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I smell...

PROPAGANDA!!! This campaign is such an oxymoron
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see: http://www.parkc.org/Fur_Industry.htm

The Fur Industry: An Environmental Nightmare

The farming of animals for fur, while a profitable venture for fur farms, has proven to be an environmental disaster for the planet. In fact, advertising claims by the fur industry that it is "environmentally friendly" have been deemed false advertising in many European nations.

Fur farming, which requires the storing of mink, fox and other animals by the tens of thousands in small, confined areas -- much like the intensive practices used by chicken, turkey and other factory farmers -- has led to U.S. government efforts to curb the pollution of water, air and soil.

Wisconsin, the largest fur producing state, was even forced to "urge" fur farmers to work with pollution control agencies to clean up their problem in 1991. And, in Finland, the town of Kaustinen had to stop using ground water after the waste from fur farms, and resulting environmental damage, made it dangerous to drink.

In addition to the harm caused to people by fur farming waste, neighboring plants and trees are also endangered. And, the high amount of nitrogen from farms impedes the wintering of trees, while the thousands of dead bodies (after they are skinned) are dumped in landfills or in the woods, polluting nearby waterways and soil.


The caustic and toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and chromium used in fur processing are an extreme threat to the environment. In 1991, the EPA fined 2 fur processing plants $1.6 million as a result of pollution they caused. The EPA claimed the waste from fur processing plants "may cause respiratory problems, and are listed as possible carcinogens."

Finally, the production of a wild caught fur coat uses 3 times more energy than the production of a synthetic jacket, and studies have found that the production of a fur coat uses 20 times more fossil fuels than the production of a synthetic product, primarily because of the processing of the pelts, feed production, transporting of the pelts to the processor to the auction house to the wholesaler and retailer.


Since the fur animal is killed solely for his or her pelt, fur farmers usually dump the entire carcass, as it has no economic worth. The industry has tried to claim that these corpses are used for animal feed, etc. However, many fur animals are killed by poison injection, in which case the corpses could not be used for such a purpose. In most cases, every carcass is disposed of in a landfill, or in the woods, etc. It is rare that a fur farmer goes to any trouble to responsibly dispose of the bodies as there is no economic incentive for him to do so. We have photos available on request of a landfill in MT which is overflowing with mink corpses.


Trappers are notorious for mistakenly referring to themselves as conservationists. They have even sold this line to the National Wildlife Federation, which has prepared pro trapping literature which is distributed by Woodstream, the largest leghold trap manufacturer in the U.S. The truth is, however, that trapping has a detrimental effect on endangered species, stimulates disease in wildlife, and causes the over population of more prolific animal species....

"If you want to know where you would have stood on slavery before the civil war, don't look at where you stand on slavery today, look at where you stand on animal rights." - Paul Watson.


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#10 Old 11-30-2007, 07:22 PM
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Is there anyone that can really even argue for it?

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