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Are You Ready for Fur-Free Friday?

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200-furfreefriday2010What’s the best way to burn off that extra slice of vegan pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving? By taking part in Fur-Free Friday! Every year, compassionate people around the world join together on the day after Thanksgiving to educate holiday shoppers about why fur belongs on animals, not holiday shopping lists. There are tons of simple ways to promote this cruelty-free day of action. Many of us hold signs and hand out leaflets outside stores that sell fur, and some people even dress up for the occasion!

Fur-Free Friday falls on the busiest shopping day of the year, so it’s the perfect opportunity to remind people that the fur sold in stores comes from living, breathing animals who were cruelly confined and killed. Most fur comes from animals who were raised in unbearably cramped and barren cages on fur farms,where they were deprived of everything that was enjoyable and important to them, such as running, swimming, making nests, and finding mates. The fur industry also uses the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available-including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning.

China supplies more than half the finished fur garments that are imported for sale in the U.S., but no regulations govern Chinese fur farms. Animals such as foxes, minks, rabbits, dogs, and cats are yanked from their cages, slammed to the ground, and bludgeoned before workers rip the skin from their bodies-often while the animals are still alive. Fur from China (including dog and cat fur) is often deliberately mislabeled as fur from other species and is exported to countries throughout the world to be sold to unsuspecting customers.

It’s hard to believe, but even in 2010, some people still have no idea about the cruelty that’s behind every fur garment. Shoppers can only make compassionate choices if they are informed-and it’s our job to educate them! So what are you waiting for? There is probably a Fur-Free Friday event happening near you-visit PETA.orgFacebook, or Meetup.com to find out if an event is taking place in your area. If there isn’t an event scheduled near your city, why not organize one yourself? It’s a great way to help animals while making new friends.

How do you plan to get active for animals this Fur-Free Friday?

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  • Cheryl Osborn says:

    How can one know if it’s real fur or faux fur as they call it? aren’t some fur linings synthetic fur? i live in a cold winter climate and we love the soft warm feel of some blankets n stuffed animals n we need warm fuzzy coats. Is everything real fur even if it’s labeled faux? I don’t want to buy anything that hurts animals in any way.
    I also wanted to thank you for an article I read in our newspaper about down coats and vests, feathers coming from live animals. It was heartbreaking and I won’t be buying any more of those coats or vests. I thought they took feathers from the many chickens they kill or geese for food and that they were already dead. What sick minds think of all this cruel stuff to do to animals to make a buck? In our town a couple are raising deer on their farm to sell to a ranch, when they get old enough, to shoot for hunting-sport! I was apalled that someone could take these beautiful creatures raise them and sell them to be killed in a horrible way. They already hunt wild deer to thin out the population which I hate now there gonna hunt tame deer for sport or thrill I don’t get it. They’re so majestic, graceful and beautiful yet they’re in the paper almost everyday dead with the hunter that killed them and I have to see it. It’s like they did something wonderful killing a poor defenseless animal, it makes me sick but there’s nothing one can do. Racoons, ducks, frogs, squirrels, are all victims even birds that I love to see soaring in the sky! We have a man who writes a weekly article on how to hunt and what to hunt in our newspaper and I hate seeing the headlines of his column so I was so glad when I saw your article because animal rights people need to be heard too!!! So thank you so much and keep up the good work! I’m a vegetarian and tryin to be vegan, but it’s hard in a small town to find support and resources. Hopefully more and more people will catch on and it will become more available to us. I love Jane Velez Mitchell cuz she brings a lot to light about farm animal abuse and other animal abuse. We need to be voices for the animals! Thanks again I’m behind you 100%! Sincerely, Cheryl A. Osborn

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