PETA has a new fur exposé video narrated by Olivia Munn. It gets the Graphic As Fuck rating. I couldn’t watch the whole thing. I can’t make it through any fur video actually since that Earthlings trailer. SHUDDER.
You can go to PETA for more info.
Hey Toronto pals! Just look who is coming to your hood! The lovely Leanne and the Vaute Couture crew. You know I would follow Leanne anywhere but I think I have to work Friday. Why are they always making me work when I want to go to Canada?! Word is one raffle prize is a three night stay for up to four people at Farm Sanctuary in NY. UM, pick me please!
Top 10 links of the week!: A harlem shuffle through the dance floor of veganism! »
Scary rooster Puff has it in for kitty Blacko! This is kind of sad.
Grist’s Protein Angst series is still killing it! My new favorite: Never mind the meat—worry about eating enough plants. This is what I’m always thinking! Like, dude, I get enough protein, do you get enough veggies?! There is so much concern over our nutrients but I’d bet meat-mouths are not hitting all the nutritional points!
A whole town in India relocated to make room for tigers! That’s nice.
McDonald’s thinks trying their food is less risky than petting stray pitbulls. People are not pleased. But I’m glad our standards are now risky and less risky. Obviously they are implying you may get bit by a dog; generally I want my food to be on an entirely different scale than getting bit by a dog—not just less “risky.”
From Ecouterre, fur trapping season ends with record high of non-target animal deaths. That means exactly what you think it means.
Choosing Raw has another great post on PCRM and fat-shaming (though we discourage the use of “overweight” as it maintains there is a specific weight you should be). Gena stresses the need to focus on using “honest language, honest facts, and honest statistics.” Here here!
Australia is up in arms over recent footage documenting inhumane conditions in a Sydney slaughterhouse. You can see the video on the linked page. It’s pretty rugged. The one good thing though is it seems like Australia actually does stuff when footage like this surfaces. The slaughterhouse in question was immediately closed (I don’t know if it was permanently closed but still, swift action).
You know we’ve been discussion palm oil lately, well Grist is here to help you break free of the palm oil grasp!
From HuffPo, you may have already heard about this but if not: Westminster severed ties with Pedigree because they didn’t want to see images of puppies behind bars during commercial breaks. Stay classy, Westminster!
From Ecorazzi, Ian Somerhalder (see below) is getting an award from the Humane Society! I have an award for him too! IN MY PANTS. Sorry guys, I can’t help it, he’s the hotness times god damn.
Tell Intermix to stop selling fur! »
Intermix is a fancypants line of boutique that carries fancypants fashions, including clothing with fur. Grody. Jessica Schlueter and Amy Rebecca of Fur Free Los Angeles are coordinating a campaign to get Intermix to stop carrying fur.
These ladies are talented! They’ve already run three successful campaigns to get Planet Blue, Urban Outfitters, and LF Stores to stop selling fur, which is amazing. So far, their petition at Change.org has over 33,000 signatures, but Intermix is still totally ignoring them. Moreover, it’s New York Fashion Week, when buyers decide on the clothing their stores will carry in the coming fall/winter season. Intermix needs to commit to stop selling fur ASAP.
You can help by (duh) signing the petition. If Intermix considers how many customers the company will lose by continuing to sell fur clothing — as opposed to the massive amount of goodwill dropping fur inspires — maybe this fall/winter season at Intermix stores will look a lot more animal-friendly.
So come on already, sign the petition! And nag all your friends and relations and colleagues and acquaintances to sign it, too! Fur really is the goddamn worst.
Fox fur and feathers are the new vajazzling! Quick, to the waxer! »
Hey “ladies”! Cancel your body-modification plans; we know exactly what you should be doing with your physical self. Get this: What you 100 percent want to do with your body is remove its hair, exposing your genitals to the winter cold, and partially re-cover your nudity with either neon-dyed fox fur or feathers. Enticing, right?
Yes! It is what you want to do! Cindy Barshop, the lady who claims to have invented vajazzling, says so, and she is the world’s foremost expert on sexual decoration.”All the colored furs are in now,” Barshop tells Fashionista, “and Carnivale’s coming with the feathers” so obviously you need to put these items on your naked skin that would otherwise be covered with underpants. Peta, in a moment of sanity, is quoted as calling the furkin (tm Maureen O’Connor) “outright sleazy, and it’s downright cruel to kill an animal to decorate your privates.”
It’s nice when vegans of all stripes can agree on such a nasty little pimple of an issue. You are the worst, Cindy Barshop. Please knock it off.
[image by genibee via Flickr]
Janet Jackson loses a SUPERFAN over fur line (why Janet, why?) »
It’s a sad, sad day in the world of animal lovin’ (not wearin’) Janet Jackson fans. Ms “I can get down with some faux chicken nuggets” Nasty, in collaboration with Blackglama, is launching a mink fur line, set to hit high-end retailers just in time for New Year’s. What what? EX-superfan, Sean Olsterdorf of Michigan, is not pleased and is therefore auctioning off ALL of his 25 years-in-the-making Janet memorabilia collection of vinyls, posters, pictures, and magazines, and donating the proceeds to PETA.
Janet modeling dead animals.
Sean says, “I am a long-time Janet Jackson fan—or I should say I used to be. I am disgusted and have decided I want to auction off my entire 25 years-plus of Janet items and donate the proceeds to PETA. I have three rescued chinchillas and find Janet’s decision reprehensible.”
Props, Sean! I know it must be hurting you (even if it’s just a little) to part with that massive collection. Also, where did you keep all this stuff? Was it showcased around your apartment? Did it keep you from getting dates? My sister has been collecting 311 memorabilia for the last 12 years, but lucky for her, she married another superfan, so they can, like, decorate their house with that shit together.
(Let’s not talk about my No Doubt memorabilia and the fact that I am so very single.)
[Photo from Rocco Laspata/Blackglama]
Reader Meg Allan Cole made this video for Craft about the virtues of faux fur. Meg makes DIY home decor and fashion videos, and says that while she’s “always even hated faux fur as it suggests we need animals to be fashionable…inactivity does nothing to create change so instead I embraced faux and show an alternative to the barbaric trend of real fur.”
Way to go, Meg! We love your bunny!
You guys, I want to confess something: I love fake fur. I own one item of clothing that has fake fur, and it is 100 percent cotton and domestically produced and every time I wear it I feel warm and snuggly and also adorable.
Let’s set aside the question of whether wearing vegan clothing that looks totally not is bad for the animals, and get into fake fur, because it’s totally problematic. Think of the false labeling! Think of the raccoon dogs! Fucking gross. But what if you could wear fake fur and know that it was definitely fake, and that purchasing it helped animals?
Ecouterre collected “seven foxy faux-fur fashions that are eco-friendly*” this week, which included this pair of faux-fur earmuffs from Imposter. I LOVE THEM. So I checked out the company’s site, and they’re great! Its founder, Jaclyn Sharp, fell in loved with a rescued horse called Draco and from there, started doing more work for animals! She’s so cute—imagine the power of a blond horse girl from Connecticut put to good causes.
*One of their items is made of lambswool, which is unfortunately not vegan, but is definitely not fur.
Fake Uggs: made of raccoon dog fur, still ugly »
Britain just found out that many knockoff Ugg boots are made with poor, tortured raccoon dogs’ skin (exceptionally disturbing video, it’s not new though so I’m not posting it). I’m not sure why this footage is circulating now but it made its way to Time.
I’m always glad when the mainstream gets enlightened to cruelty, but this footage of raccoon dogs being tortured at fur farms is from 2009. My guess is it’s making the rounds now because the connection to fake Uggs is new. All the same, it’s getting attention! And it should; that shit is sick. Skinned alive? Just the words seriously make me want to vom, never mind the footage. The footage itself is seared into my brain forever.
I was in London last fall and Ugg boots were in full effect. They were EVERYWHERE. Much more common than I see in NYC or SF. But it’s not just the Brits who may unwittingly be buying raccoon dog fur:
Imports of domestic dog and cat fur are also banned in the U.S., but it’s possible that these brands of boots have infiltrated American markets as well. This isn’t the first time that raccoon dog fur has been found in clothing stateside. In fact, a 2008 Humane Society report found that 70 percent of falsely advertised or mislabeled fur-trimmed jackets contained fur from the raccoon dog, despite knowledge of the inhumane treatment of the animals.
Of course we know that all fur should be banned, and that’s what British activists are calling for. Clearly by that 70 percent figure, you can’t trust what kind of fur you’re buying (you know you gotta get the “right” fur), so ban it all, dummies! For real, right? The truth omnis won’t acknowledge here and everywhere is that unless you go to the farm yourself, you have no idea what really goes on there. Sorry, omnis, labels shmabels.
[Instead of the video, I offer the adorbs pic of two raccoon dogs from Wikipedia. They look like a cross between raccoons and mini-bears, no?]
So Necessary: Rabbit-fur iPad case! »
Score one for humanity! This rabbit-fur iPad cover from Jagger Edge is uggo times a thousand. It’s from their V.I.P. collection, as in “Very Important Purchase.” VIP? More like V-O-M! Am I right? And over at shopbop, you can purchase your very own for $198!
They also have amazing rabbit-fur iPhone cases that are equally as uggo but smaller. The description for the iPhone cases is great: “Handmade in California U.S.A. 100% fine fur as a result each has it’s own unique character + EDGE! These made to order, high luxury iPhone covers are for the style maven a cut above the rest.” EDGE, you say? Well then! Skin the bunnies!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE: it comes in pink. Cuddle up with that.