DawnWatch: Washington Post on fur 3/16/07

March 17th, 2007 1:03 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Mar 16, 2007 6:24 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Washington Post on fur 3/16/07

The Friday, March 16, Washington Post style section has an article on fur headed, “What’s All the Fuzz About? Status, of Course.” (Pg. C02)

It opens:

“In the ongoing battle between the fashion industry and anti-fur activists, the last few weeks have been especially busy.

“On Tuesday, the Humane Society of the United States accused various manufacturers and retailers of selling mislabeled fur, some of it derived from dogs, wolves and raccoon dogs. The group filed a legal petition with the Federal Trade Commission looking to get the merchandise off the racks and the stores and design houses fined.

“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also fired off a press release announcing that Tommy Hilfiger has decided to ban fur from future collections.

“Two weeks earlier, fur protesters managed to sneak past security to interrupt the Valentino and Christian Lacroix runway shows in Paris, where they optimized their likelihood of capturing attention by stripping off their clothes before hoisting their anti-fur placards aloft. They were quickly tackled by security guards, but not before spectators got a full frontal eyeful.

“All of this comes as design houses such as Christian Dior, Hermes, Gucci, Chado Ralph Rucci and Michael Kors, which was named in the Humane Society complaint, continue to put extravagant furs on the runway for fall 2007. Fur sales have been rising for seven years, according to the Fur Information Council of America, an industry trade association.”

The article suggests, “If the goal is to persuade people to stop wearing fur now — but not deny them the right to a burger and a pair of cowboy boots — it would be more expedient to address the reason they want to wear fur at all. For all of the talk about its beauty and warmth, the reality is that fur’s popularity is based on status. It instantly conveys wealth and success. All those rappers who swaddle themselves in fur as soon as they sign their first record deals aren’t doing it because mink is the only thing that can keep them warm in the winter. It’s to acknowledge their accomplishment.”

And it tells us: “Until anti-fur groups find a way to alter that message, the fur business will continue to thrive.”

(That, of course, is part of the plan when PETA donates fur coats to the homeless. It keeps people warm, and it hampers fur’s cache on the streets where the homeless wear it. )

You’ll find the full article on line here.

It opens the door for letters to the editor about fur, about any aspect of our treatment of other species. The Washington Post takes letters at letters [at] washpost.com. The paper advises, “Please do not send attachments; they will not be read. Letters must be exclusive to The Washington Post, and must include the writer’s home address and home and business telephone numbers.”

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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