Today, the United States leads the nations that trap wild animals for their fur, closely followed by Russia, where accurate statistics are difficult to obtain. Canada, which traps approximately 4 million animals each year, completes "the big three" wild fur-producing countries.
There are few absolutes in the trapping business, but what is certain, is that animals cannot be trapped humanely, that no one needs to wear fur, and that trapping is a non-essential activity. What is also certain, is that while trapping continues, tens of millions of animals will also continue to suffer and die each year, in bloody, protracted deaths.
All in the name of fashion.....
'Tis strange how women
Kneel in church
And pray to God above;
Confess small sins
And chant a praise,
And sing that He is love.
While coats of softly
Upon their shoulders lie.
Of timid things...
Of tortured things
That took so long to die...
'Tis strange to hear
The organ peal:
"Have mercy on us Lord"
"Peace to all"
They bow with one accord.
While lights from stained
Glass windows fall
On furs so softly warm.
On timid things,
Of little things
That died in cold and storm...
I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ear be made to hear
The wrongs of the wordless weak.
And I am my brother's keeper,
And I will fight his fight;
And speak the word for beast and bird
Till the world shall set things right.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Furs look best on their original owners.
We are aware of the great suffering unavoidable
in the production of fur coats. We would encourage
compassionate people to find beauty
without the cruelty involved in real furs."
~Beauty Without Cruelty
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Johnny Carson * Federico Fellini * Jonathan Winters * Alice Walker
Kim Novak * Joan Baez * Dan Aykroyd * Norman Cousins *
Rue McClanahan * Pete Seeger * Cleveland Amory * Sir John Gielgud
Tippi Hedren * Bruce Jenner * Paul & Linda McCartney * Peter Falk
Milos Forman * Lorenzo Lamas * Burgess Meredith * Doris Day
Art Linkletter * Theodore Bikel * Judy Collins * Ali MacGraw
Arlo Guthrie * Glenda Jackson * Cyndi Lauper * Marsha Mason
Anne Meara * Sally Struthers * Richard Kiley * William Peter Blatty
Rhonda Fleming * Dudley Moore * Suzannah York * Loretta Swit
Betty White * Jack Lemmon * Timothy Bottoms * Carol Burnett
Ben Kingsley * Roberta Flack * Christie Brinkley * Ted Shackleford
Yehudi Menuhin * Erich Segal * Brigitte Bardot * Yvette Mimieux
Ringo Starr * Virginia Madsen * Beatrice Arthur * Jack Jones
Brenda Vaccaro * Julie Christie * Sting * Martin Mull
Twiggy * Rod McKuen * Peter Gabriel * Florence & Sid Caesar
Bob Barker * Floyd Patterson * River Phoenix * Gretchen Wyler
James Stewart * Rita Moreno * Belinda Carlisle * Bo Derek
Jane Goodall * Willard Scott * Ann Jillian * Kim Basinger
Ally Sheedy * Steve Martin * Daryl Hannah * Dennis Weaver * Kenny G
Although some of these caring, compassionate people are no longer with us, their humanity will endure forever.
FUR COATS ARE WORN BY BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS
AND UGLY PEOPLE
FUR....THE LOOK THAT KILLS
GET A FEEL FOR FUR.... SLAM YOUR FINGERS IN A CAR DOOR
THIS YEAR MILLIONS WILL BE KILLED BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY'RE WEARING
And in closing, I leave you with these words of wisdom...
"Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe?
Experience asks the question , Is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, Is it popular?
But conscience asks the question, Is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.