Would you wear your dog?

Ms. Wintour,

The world have fashion contains endless possibilities.  New trends, new patterns, new models…isn’t fur getting a little old now? This blog has given you plenty of reasons to not promote fur.  There’s no need for it when there are hundreds of companies that sell faux fur which look EXACTLY like real fur.  Having a dead animal strapped on your backside isn’t considered a luxury, it’s disgusting.  I’ve given you the facts…

50 million animals are killed every year for their fur in fashion.  And they are killed in the most gruesome ways.  There are hundreds of designers who would love to work with your skill and expertise in the industry and would love to help you start promoting faux fur.  Take for example your friend Stella McCartney.  She is a huge inspiration and her line is 100% organic and fur- free.  Starting a fur -free fashion show would show you in an approachable and positive light, and there’s no need to use real fur when you can use fake fur.

I will be encouraging people to protest against your magazine, Vogue, until you put an end to promoting fur in the pages.  I will have people sign petitions and make pages on social media sites to get the word out to the public.  If you started using faux fur, I guarantee you would have the support of hundreds of high end designers from all over the world.

This brings me to my final question.  Ms. Wintour, would you wear your dog? It’s basically the same thing as skinning your dog and then having me wear it on my back.  It’s disgusting, unethical, and completely pointless when I can go out and buy a fake coat that looks exactly like your dog’s fur.

There’s nothing luxurious about fur, there’s not fashionable about it either.  It’s time for you to open your eyes and see that your actions continue to be the cause of millions of helpless animals each year.

Wake up.

Whose Skin are You In?

People follow celebrities.  That’s pop culture and that’s something that is never going to change.  Whether we like it or not, want to believe it or not, celebrities have a huge impact on us…maybe even greater than our own parents or our own friends.  We look up to celebrities as role models and we want to do what they do, look how they look, and be who they are.  If a celebrity says that something is “cool”, we automatically assume it is cool as well.

PETA launched an anti- fur campaign three years ago in 2009 called “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur”, “Ink not Mink”, and whose “Whose Skin are you in?”.  These three campaigns were extremely successful, as they got many popular celebrities to model for PETA and to do PSA’s, informing the public about the cruelty of fur.

Many of these celebrities have been on the cover of Vogue magazine, and I would really love to start another campaign called “Be Proud of Your Skin”.  It would be a campaign target towards everyone and it will show a row of models of all different ethic backgrounds and nationalities, as well as  row of animals with all different colors and patterns of fur.  It’ll say “Be Proud of Your Skin”, implying two messages: 1, be proud of your race and where you come from and 2, let animals keep their fur and be proud of their skin as well.

Getting celebrities on board with this could really impact Anna Wintour, especially if they vow to never pose on the cover for Vogue until Wintour takes fur out of the magazine.

Faux Fur

Donna Salyer’s started a faux fur company, Fabulous Furs, after she listened to a radio broadcast announcement after kittens being skinned alive for fur. She immediately knew that she had to make a change and so she combined her new education of this issue with fashion.  She started making faux fur in her basement and shortly after that became internationally successful with her luxurious alternative furs.  

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I want to interview her and ask her if she would be willing to take on this project with me.  (The project is to encourage people to write letters to Wintour and to sign the petition on change.org).  I also would love to work with her to encourage high end fashion designers to switch from using real fur to faux fur.  I think she would make an excellent businesses partner and she already knows so much about the fashion industry and is so compassionate about not using real fur.  Together we can work hard to change the minds of fur- using designers, and with that, stop the production of fur.  

 

Fur- Free Action

The following are ways in which we can stop the promotion of fur in our own lives. The Humane Society of the United States gives us a list of things we do to get the message across and to encourage others to stop wearing fur. 

1. Don’t support it. When compassionate consumers take a stand against the fur industry by refusing to purchase its products, designers will stop using fur, retailers will stop selling it, and fashion writers will stop reporting on it as an acceptable trend. You have that power with every purchase you make. Sign the fur-free pledge by the Human Society. https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2819

2. Support fur- free retailers and designers. More and more retailers and designers are rejecting animal cruelty.  For example, Stella McCartney vows to be fur-free and has done numerous documentaries revealing the cruelness of it. Please support retailers and designers that have made a commitment to being fur-free, such as Stella McCartney.  

3. Join the fur-free campaign facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HSUSFurFree

4. Speak up and educate. This blog is meant to educate those who don’t know about fur in fashion, but once everyone realizes the cruelty in it, they need to speak up and educate others about it.  Ignorance is not bliss.  Even the most painful things can make the strongest impact. 

5. I encourage “Fur- Free Fridays” which is a nationwide event where people every Friday do not wear fur or do not wear anything from a designer who produces fur.  This is more of a pledge for one’s self, instead of a marketing strategy. 

6. Like stated in my other post, please write the letters to Anna Wintour, vowing to now buy the magazine until she takes fur out of the pages and sign the petition on change.org.  

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Dear Ms. Wintour…

Trying to convince Anna Wintour to take fur out of the pages of Vogue is a huge request and will be a huge accomplishment for animal rights activists.  It’s hard to change someone’s mind who LOVES fur and believes that fur is a seamless part of fashion.  Wintour inspires so many other fashion designers/companies, like Karl Lagerfeld, Burberry, “or Bloody Burberry”, Armani, etc. that fur is in fashion, when rather, if we could just get Wintour’s attention in a professional way that doesn’t cause a threat or harm her, then I believe our message will be easily heard.  Sometimes, protests can be a little harsh and sparks angers between the people protesting, and the people who the protest is about.  There are ways in which I would like to reach out to Wintour, since she is so hard to get a hold of, and ways in which I would like to persuade her to stop promoting fur.

I want to start a series of letters written by everyone who feels the same way.  Every letter will look like this…

Dear Ms. Wintour,

I vow to stop buying Vogue magazine until you stop promoting fur.

Name, Signature

Everyone will send his or her letters to the Vogue office in New York, that way she’ll be bombarded with letters every day.  And everyone will keep their word.  By not buying the magazine, it hurts the magazine’s sales, therefore creating an impact on Wintour’s company.  Maybe then she’ll realize that people are serious about the subject matter.

I have also started a petition on Change.org, which is an online petition site where people can create petitions about changes they want to see in the world.  With 20 million users in over 196 countires, this website is a huge opportunity for me to get my message across.  I want everyone to sign my petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/anna-wintour-take-fur-out-of-the-pages-of-vogue-magazine so we can get thousands of signatures to create change.

 

Fur Free and Fabulous

Before Anna Wintour was editor-in-chief of American Vogue, she worked at British Vogue for many years.  The main difference between the two Vogues? The British Vogue has had a longstanding policy against running fur ads and featuring fur garments, unlike its “evil sister”, American Vogue, which promotes fur and encourages designers to work with fur.  Like stated before, Wintour brought fur to American Vogue.  

Because of the increasing awareness and the growing distaste for fur, many designers have slowly transitioned from using fur, to not using fur in their products.  Peta.org has a list of fur-free retailers, designers, and brands at http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/fur_fashion/tips/fur-free_shopping.html

One designer who is very prominent in the fashion industry is Stella McCartney, who is a huge advocate for animals rights and the elimination of fur in fashion.  In February of 2012, Anna Wintour attended her Special Presentation at 13 North Audley Street during London Fashion Week, which was surprising for many because McCartney has publicly criticized Wintour’s use of fur and has also done many documentaries where she has gone into fur farms to expose the truth.  This past fall, McCartney released her fall line themed around “Bambi”.  This whole concept of the line was to get consumers to go back to their childhood memories where they saw animals as their “friends”, and not “food” or “clothing accessories”.  

In “E: The Environmental Magazine”, author Starre Vartan talked about the importance of the Born Free USA fashion competition.  This company, Born Free USA and E Magazine collaborate every year to put on a fur free fashion show, to encourage designers that they can be successful and “high-end” without using fur, and to encourage consumers to not buy fur garments.  The fashion show is a hit every year, one that is featured all over the news and features designers in Vogue magazine who are anti-fur.  This year, the winner was chosen by a celebrity panel of judges including two time Emmy award winner Julia Barr of “All my Children”, editor of the Environmental Magazine Brita Belli, costume designer Marina Draghici, Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer Elizabeth Emanuel, and “Fashion Police’ host Kelly Osbourne.  

I would encourage more of these fur-free fashion shows and instead of doing them annually, they should be done for every season.  A new collection for each season to encourage beautiful designs that are fur- free.

It seems as if more and more designers are understanding the cruelty of fur and are trying to promote fur-free garments in a fun, creative way.  Many times, people think that throwing images in your face is the best way to get the message across, but this way is better because it encourages people to think in a different way.  Wintour attends almost every important fashion show, so persuading her to attend a fashion show such as this one will get her to see the clothes so she can feature these upcoming designers in Vogue.  

3rd Annual Fur Free Fashion Competition

Trim is Distasteful

Vogue Magazine Feature Article

In Vogue’s latest September issue, this article was featured titled, “Fur- Embellished Accessories”, which features fur trim that can “transform even the most traditional accessories into something fantastical”.  Like stated before, fur trim poses a greater threat to animals than a full length fur coat, because factory workers don’t use the “leftovers” of the animal, but rather skins another animal just to make a small collar or boot trim.  Anna Wintour picks everything goes into the magazine, so she allowed this to run in the magazine, therefore encouraging people to buy these products, encouraging them to support the cruel fur industry.

Products in this article include :

ROBERTO CAVALLI, Shearling-trimmed suede bandage boots, $1.650

ALEXANDER WANG, Polina goat fur and leather boots, $925

MARNI, Goat Hair leather bag, $1,500

Notice the price of these items.  They are expensive.  They are luxury items.  They could have easily been replicated with faux fur instead of using real fur.  Wintour decided to put these into the magazine, therefore continuing the encouraging the demand for fur.

Major furriers are keeping their industry alive by pushing fur trim on such items as bikinis, blankets, jeans, scarves, skirts, sweaters, purses, vests, and shoes.  The Fur Information Council of America (FICA) reveals the fur trim market to be worth nearly $500 million annually.

There is an easy way to stop this: STOP BUYING ITEMS WITH FUR ON IT.  The consumer needs to make the change and realize the cruelty in the process.  If we stop buying fur items, designers won’t feel the need to keep producing it because it won’t be considered a luxury item anymore.  Also, the price is ridiculously expensive.

Fashion God is Fashion Hell

It’s not a shock that Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue magazine, is a fashion icon and an inspiration to hundreds of high- end fashion designers.  She predicts trends and says what’s “in” and what’s “out”.  Fur was never in fashion magazines until Wintour put it on the cover.  Ever since then, designers started using fur and fur was seen as a luxury item; an item that everyone who was anybody just HAD to have.

“Fashion means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.  Vogue is there to report on the fashion industry.  Fur is part of fashion and we will continue to report on it as long as that is the case.”- Wintour

Wintour believes that fur is a such a vital part of fashion and is a symbol of luxury and wealth.  For those people of that status, they should be able to wear what they want to represent in the most expensive way.

But…is the price of a luxury fur coat really worth the suffering of millions of helpless animals? Perhaps Wintour is either blinded or dumb to the fact that all of this is going on.  The truth? Faux fur looks the same, feels the same, is inexpensive, and gives animals the chance to live.

In “60 minutes of outtakes: Anna Wintour on Fur”, Wintour defends the fur trade, saying that if fur is a part of fashion, a Vogue is a fashion magazine, she’ll continue to keep putting it on the cover.

This picture is an exaggeration of Wintour’s outfits, but as cartoon-ish as it may be, it holds a lot of truth about the number of different animals used and the way in which it is worn.

The Facts About Fur

“Personally, I have it on my back”- Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief

Born Free USA is a national animal advocacy nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.  They have released these shocking statistics about fur used in fashion.  If people didn’t see the cruelty in the fur trade before, they’ll see it now.

1. More than 50 million animals are violently killed for fashion every year.

2. Methods used to kill animals for their fur include gassing, electrocution, and neck breaking.  Most of the animals are skinned alive because it makes the fur more fresh.  They are then throw to the side, left to die slowly in a heap of rotting, half- alive carcasses.

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3. Neither fur nor fur trim is a byproduct of the meat industry, meaning that fur isn’t what is “left-over” from an animal that was skilled for its meat. Fur comes from animals who are factory-farmed or trapped purely for fashion.

4. The fur trim market is an equal, if not greater, threat to animals than is the making of fur coats. Again, fur trim is not what’s “left over” from making full-length fur coats. Thousands of animals are killed simply to provide trimming effects for fashion.

5. Currently, there are no federal laws providing protection for the millions of animals held in these factory-like farms. In fact, New York is the only state in which electrocuting animals anally and genitally is illegal.

6. Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals who were captive on fur factory farms.

7. There are no penalties for people who abuse animals on fur farms in China, which is the world’s largest fur exporter supplying more than half of the finished garments in the United States.

8. Animals on fur farms are prevented from acting on their most basic instinctual behaviors, which causes them tremendous suffering. Even animals who have been caged since birth feel the need to move around, groom themselves, stretch their limbs, and exercise. All confined animals suffer from intense boredom—some so severely that they begin displaying neurotic behaviors such as pacing, turning in endless circles, self-mutilation, and even cannibalism.

–FurKills.org, PETA “9 Shocking Facts About Fur”, Born Free USA “Keep Wildlife in the Wild”