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Why 2019 Will Spell the Death of the Fur Industry

Animal Justice January 1, 2019

For years, animal advocates have been fighting to shut down the horrific fur industry. It’s been a long, hard battle, but major victories in 2018 for fur-bearing animals have proven that times are finally changing!

Over four million animals are killed for their fur in Canada every year, with global estimates reaching into the hundreds of millions. Most of these animals were confined on fur farms, where they spend their entire lives in small cages, and suffer both physically and mentally. Caged animals are known to cannibalize their cage-mates, exhibit stereotypic behaviours—indicative of mental distress, and self-mutilate due to the stress of confinement.

Animals are also trapped in the wild with extremely painful traps and snares. For example, leg-hold traps have been banned in 90 countries, but this bone-crushing device continues to be legally used in Canada. Animals caught in leg-hold traps are known to chew off their own limbs to escape, and can wait for hours or days before being brutally killed by the trapper Animals killed in snares often suffer slow and painful deaths by strangulation.

While the sheer number of animals affected by the fur industry is heartbreaking, 2018 was a landmark year for animals used for fur. Take a look at some of the legal and social achievements for these animals, and be inspired to believe that the days of the cruel fur industry are only getting shorter and shorter.

 

Legal victories

2018 was incredible year filled with legal victories to combat fur industry cruelty. In January, Norway— once the world’s largest producer of fox pelts—banned fur farms, with the new law going into effect in 2025.

Major American cities are also leading the way in banning fur sales. San Francisco enacted a ban in March 2018, joining other California cities Berkley and West Hollywood. Los Angeles is in the final stages of introducing a fur ban, too, and historic legislation has now been introduced in California that would usher in a state-wide fur ban.

Luxembourg banned fur farms in June 2018, with the legislation having taken effect in October of this year. In July, a new Belgian law banned fur farms in the country, including a five-year transition period. And now, lawmakers in Amsterdam and the UK are considering introducing legislation to ban the sale of fur as well.

Canada has seen legal progress, too. The first known animal cruelty charges against an Ontario fur farm were laid in May 2018, sending a signal that fur farm cruelty isn’t above the law.

2019 is off to a great start as well, with a fur farm ban in Serbia going into effect after a 10-year transition period!

Fur-free fashion revolution

Meanwhile, there has been an unstoppable domino effect of major fashion labels vowing to never again use fur in future collections.

In 2018, these fashion houses banned fur: Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Maison Margiela, Jean Paul Gaultier, Donna Karan / DKNY, Versace, Chanel, Coach, Belstaff, John Galliano, and Furla.

Ultra-famous pop culture and style icon Kim Kardashian announced in 2018 that she would go fur-free. Given her incredible influence, this move was an incredible signal that cruelty in fashion is no longer acceptable.

London Fashion Week was officially fur-free this year. This iconic event was the first major fashion week in the world to ban real fur from the runway. London Fashion Week was previously targeted by animal advocates and compassionate citizens for promoting animal cruelty. The event’s groundbreaking shift points to the fact that animal advocacy works!

 

Times are changing

The fur industry has been historically secretive about its horrific processes. But thanks to countless exposés, and the age of social media, society is waking up and gaining awareness of the cruelty of the fur industry.

And while many brands are making the compassionate switch to animal-free materials, some have been refusing to change.

Canada Goose as an example, still peddles parkas made with suffering, filled with down and trimmed with the fur of tortured coyotes.

But as consumer attitudes continue to change, fur losses its social acceptance, and legal victories for animals continue to be won, the brands that continue to torture animals for the sake of fashion will be forced to change their ways—or become irrelevant to an increasingly compassionate body of consumers.

 

 

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These Eight Cruelty-Free Canadian Coats Will Keep You Warm This Winter

Animal Justice November 24, 2017

Winter’s coming to Canada! Temperatures are plummeting, and many of us are scrambling to buy a new winter coat in preparation for the deep freeze that lies ahead. Tragically, some jacket and parka brands still use down fill for insulation, wool for fabric, and fur for decoration. For every animal-based parka purchased, an estimated 12 – 15 animals lose their lives.

Animals killed for fur and down parka

Animals killed and skinned for their fur suffer miserable deprivation on fur farms, and are ripped from their families in the wild by cruel traps and snares. Legal killing methods in Canada include gassing, electrocution, drowning, crush traps, strangulation, and head bashing.

Meanwhile, abuse runs rampant in the down industry, with recent undercover footage shot in Canada showing sensitive geese brutalized before having their throats slit open.

What’s a compassionate consumer to do? If you’re in the market for an animal-friendly winter coat, look no further than the Canadian companies in this handy guide.

Synthetic materials don’t contribute to animal cruelty, but animal-free alternatives also outperform down and fur—on warmth, sustainability, and of course, animal welfare.

(Note: All of these brands are fur-free, but some use faux fur trim. Be careful—not everyone can tell your trim is faux. The best option may be to avoid the look altogether.)

1. Wuxly Movement – Toronto

Wuxly Movement was founded by former CFL player James Yurichuk and his best friend, Anthony DeBartolo in 2012. Wully’s stylish jackets are made in Toronto and are entirely animal-free. Thanks to PrimaLoft insulation, a military-grade technology which outperforms down, it’s easy to feel invincible in the brisk Canadian weather. Bonus: The Animal Justice team has tried these parkas first-hand and believes they are a total game-changer!

 

 

 

2. Noize – Montreal

Noize is a cruelty-free outerwear brand offering high-quality jackets. Their signature materials include 100% polyester, faux fur, and vegan leather.

Animal-friendly with a stylish focus. What’s not to love?

 

 

 

 

Artizia vegan cruelty-free parka

3. Aritzia – Vancouver

Known across Canada for bold and luxurious design, it’s pleasantly surprisingly to see Aritzia emphasize cruelty-free outerwear options. Check out Aritzia’s online store and use the ‘vegan’ search filter to easily navigate their animal-friendly options. Bonus: Aritzia also offers clothing made with vegan suede and leather!

 

 

 

 

4. Le Château – MontrealLe Chateau vegan cruelty-free puffer

Le Chateau is committed to fur-free fashion, and features sleek European styles. Their collection of puffer coats look especially cozy, and there are a variety of cruelty-free selections using synthetic materials like polyester and nylon.

 

 

 

 

5. Arc’teryx – Vancouverarcteryx cruety-free vegan jacket

This brand knows the outdoors. Arc’teryx was founded by climbers with a vision—to create apparel helping adventure-seekers explore nature in all weather conditions. Arc’teryz is completely fur-free, and has many down-free options as well.

 

 

 

 

6. Mountain Equipment Co-op – Vancouver

Athletically focused and durably made, MEC are experts in preparing people for the harsh weather. The brand is fur-free and has many down-free options. Some coats feature Hyperloft, which is a powerful, eco-synthetic insulation. Their styles with a practical purpose are a great option for combatting the cold.

 

 

7. Lolë – Montreal

Specializing in women’s activewear with versatile and high-performance garments, Lolë features some trendy options to keep warm. All of the fur on their coats is faux, but those styles tend to use down. Steer in the direction of their clean cut looks which use Thermaglow as a synthetic insulator.

 

 

 

8. Frank & Oak – Montreal

Frank & Oak recently released several cruelty-free and eco-friendly jackets. These sturdy coats are made with 3M Thinsulate or Primaloft insulation. Both of these technologies outperform down—and that’s something to squawk about!

 

 

 

 

 

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