Monday, December 3, 2007

Wear Fur, Help the Environment


When I first saw this half-page ad in Canada's Globe and Mail, I thought it was some kind of joke--a Saturday Night Live skit via print media. Apparently, the Fur Council of Canada isn't trying to be funny--they really do believe that trapping or wearing fur is good for the environment. I'll file this one under "Grasping at straws".

54 comments:

Fur Bearer Defenders said...

It's just one of the fur trade's gimmicks to divert people's attention away from the cruelty. Our wildlife is a very important part of the eco-system. Trapping and killing a MILLION of Canada's fur-bearing animals EVERY year from the eco-system, for needless fur fashion, causes untold, potentially critical damage to our environment. Fur is NOT ecological because instead of protecting our wildlife, it kills them.

Sandy Parker Reports, one of the fur trade’s own publications, states that China is considering adding pollution tax on fur imported for processing because fur is highly polluting and energy consuming.

According to International Labour Organization, chemicals commonly used to process fur include acids, hydrogen peroxide, chromium, formaldehyde, bleaching agents, and various types of dyes.

Canadian consumers should question just how green it is to trap and kill every year a million of our treasured wildlife? How green are the indiscriminate traps that could injure or kill endangered species? How green are the wastes from millions of caged animals? How green is cruelty?

Lynn Sinclair said...

Good points, fbd. I never even got as far as considering the chemicals used to process fur. All I could think of was they're killing the freakin' animals!

Nee Hung said...

I have read that in 1992 the Dutch Advertising Standards Authority ruled that fur apparel advertised as “ecological” was improperly and misleadingly labeled.

In 1991 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined 6 fur processing firms $2.2 million for the pollution they caused. The EPA stated that the waste from fur processing plants "may cause respiratory problems, and are listed as possible carcinogens."

Animal Lover said...

The fur trade cannot convince me that the process of unnaturally and cruelly ripping the skin off an animal and soaking it in chemical bath to prevent it from decaying and collecting bugs would still be good to our environment.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Nee Hung, Canadians should push Advertising Standards Canada to adopt a similar ruling.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Pretty graphic, Animal Lover, but so very true. It's not surprising that no one appears to be falling for the Council's "Fur is Green" campaign.

Nee Hung said...

Wonderful idea, Lynn. I'll look into it.

In the mean time, for all Canadians who believe Fur Council of Canada's advertisement is deceptive or misleading, please file a complaint for "misleading representation" or "misleading advertising" asking Competition Bureau to restrict FCC from using "eco-friendly", "ecological", "environmental friendly", and "green" in their advertisements.

The online complaint form
https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/internet/index.cfm?
itemID=1260&lg=e&CFID=10391415&CFTOKEN=37270795

File a complaint by phone or by fax
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time.
Toll-free: 1 800 348-5358
TDD (for hearing impaired): 1 800 642-3844
Fax: (819) 997-0324

File a complaint by mail
Competition Bureau
50 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0C9

The organization the complaint should be filed against is:
Fur Council of Canada
1435 St-Alexandre, Suite 1270
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2G4
Phone: (514) 844-1945 or 1-800-376-9996
Fax: (514) 844-8593
Email: info@furcouncil.com

Please forward this information on to your friends,your family, and other networks. This is deceptive advertising and our government has the responsibility to investigate it.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Thanks so much for the detailed contact information. I'll forward my complaint to them tomorrow.

NuclearToast said...

I think you should only be allowed to wear fur if you catch the animal and skin it yourself. It sure would cut down on the fashion, dontcha think?

Lynn Sinclair said...

Perfect solution, nt. Kind of like what happened to me with making dinner and doing housework. After doing it myself, I don't want to have anything to do with ovens or vacuums.

Seriously, I'm amazed by the number of fur-wearing women (and it's usually women) out there.

Anonymous said...

We have an advertising business and turn down clients such as this. Green? Yes, I'm green with disgust!

from
AuthorMomWithDogs
who is also disgusted with Google/Blogger

Lynn Sinclair said...

Karen, thanks for commenting--especially with the blogger protest you've got going. I salute your stand with not advertising for businesses such as the Fur Council, as well as for your stand with Blogger.

I was sitting behind a woman at a high school play last week. She had thrown her coat over the chair, the fur spread over the floor where puddles had formed from our snow-covered boots. I was angry about the fact that she wore the fur coat, and angry that she treated it with such disregard. Which was kind of weird because I shouldn't have been surprised that she would treat the coat with anything other than a total lack of concern.

Georgie said...

Trapping and killing off the natural inhabitants of the land for a bunch of silly-looking coats, hats, and leg warmers is a good thing?

I dunno...frightened animals gnawing of their feet and legs so they can break free of "leg hold" traps in an attempt for Beyonce and J-LO to carry mink and sable purses on the Red Carpet does very little to help the land in my estimation -- nor is it a very "bling blingy" sight to see.

Lynn Sinclair said...

How right (and graphic) you are, Georgie. Hmmm...considering how celebrities seem able to influence the young, it would be wonderful if they would all take a stand against fur. It would be a great opportunity for them to do some good in the world.

Tatum Tot said...

Gah what a crock. that sucks. :(

Lynn Sinclair said...

My sentiments exactly, Tatum Tot.

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