Naked Valentines Fur Protest
Joanne Chang | February 14, 2009 at 01:04 amby
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Liberation BC, the group that organized the demonstration, is purposely using sex to draw attention to an issue that otherwise would be overlooked. "In our society, animals have no rights so anything we do to them is fair game." says spokesperson Joanne Chang. "no one is going to get arrested for selling the fur of animals that are skinned alive or anally electrocuted because those are commonly accepted practices. We're aiming to raise the public's awareness about the issues so they will stop buying fur and eliminate the industry."
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of fur in fashion due to false advertising and misleading marketing. Unlabeled and affordable fur trim items can be found in retail stores everywhere. Even pet supply stores are selling dog jackets lined with unlabeled dog fur. The Canadian fur industry recently launched a "fur is green" campaign which Liberation BC says is another example of the industry using false advertising to sell a product nobody wants. Chang says "In order to raise 50 million animals and treat just as many pelts, the fur industry dumps massive amounts of raw feces, lead, cyanide, and formaldehyde into the waterways. It takes 20 times more energy to produce a fur coat as it does to produce synthetics, so how can fur be green?"
21 other demonstrations are planned around Canada this Valentines Day in celebration of the 20th anniversary of National Anti-Fur Day.
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