Activists will be dressed as cave people to let consumers know that there is no reason in modern day Canada to support the archaic and cruel fur industry, only cave people wear fur. History is not an excuse for cruelty. Montrealers will see that although the streets are full of people wearing fur on their shoulders, there are those with integrity that refuse to be part of the sadistic and cruel fashion statement. The event is sponsored by the animal advocacy group In Defense of Animals (IDA.) IDA’s mission is to end animal exploitation, cruelty, and abuse by protecting and advocating for the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals, as well as raise their status beyond mere property, commodities, or things. Montreal animal rights groups will be collaborating on this event in order to send out a strong message to fur users. Kebek Animal Rights Association, Respect Animal, Resistance Animale, have all been invited and will be collaborating in this protest.
IDA, Respect Animal and PETA have provided posters and flyers to be distributed to people passing in front of the store Influence-U. The store is one of the many stores in Montreal that sells and promotes the use of fur on the hoods of jackets.
Canadian Animal Rights Activists, fight against the Fur Council of Canada and their seal of guarantee called “Beautifully Canadian.” The Fur Council of Canada is considered a national, non-profit association and they claim to represent people working in every sector of the Canadian fur trade, in all regions of the country. They represent the primary producers to the finished product. A non profit organization that backs up the cruel trappers, those that farm animals to be skinned, auction houses, the processors of the victims, the unscrupulous designers, those that consider it a craft, manufacturers and retail furriers.
It is estimated that 65,000 Canadians work in the fur trade and that they contribute $800 million to the Canadian economy, including more than $300 million in exports. They mention just the amount of the money that goes into their pockets…but they forget to mention the number of victims and accidental victims of their traps like domestic animals. Animals that have no fault other than being beautiful and people believe they have the right to cruelly exploit them to wear.
The torture of animals does not come only from Canada. Canada allows for more animals to be tortured in China. It is known that the majority of the fur that is placed on coats and hats as ornamental comes from China. China is the country that dominates most of the markets for fur. It is estimated that China produces more than 1.5 million fur pelts each year. What many people don't realize is that the fur trim on coats from China may be cat or dog fur. Those that handle the exportation from the Orient to North America tend to be vague when labeling fur or leather, and people may be deceived by this labeling. "Genuine Leather" or "Genuine Fur" labels do not specify the animal it came from. The same is true for "Faux Fur." In other words, a coat made in China, which has any of these labels, may have been made from the fur or hide of a cat or dog.
The website Canada Protection of Animal Welfare Society (CanPaws) provides the public with extra information about the deceiving labeling and information regarding fur. According to Canadian law, it is LEGAL to import dog and cat fur into Canada and it is legal to sell it. This falls under Industry Canada.
CanPaws gives the following Facts about Fur in Canada:
· Fact 1: Fur in Canada needs NO Labeling. Fur is not required to be labeled.
· Fact 2: Canada's Textile and Labeling Act requires labeling on all kinds of materials on garments and other products. Fur and fur trim have no requirements to have labels
· Fact 3: Canada's Competition Bureau is only responsible for the mislabeling of fur. A label can be identified with any form of name like "fur fiber" or "fun fur". However, they are not even required to use the word fur at all under Canadian laws.
· Fact 4: In Canada fur of any kind is exempt from the labeling laws of Canada.
· Fact 5: If textiles of any kind have to be labeled by law, and if the label does not state what the textile is, then it is not a textile by law, so it must be made of some kind of fur
Therefore, activist and the public in general are invited to join the event. Add your voice if you truly believe the torture of animals for clothing is wrong and uncivilized. Cavemen wore fur; we are a society that has evolved. THE USE OF ANIMALS FOR OUR VANITY HAS TO END.
What: Montreal Fur Free Saturday
Where: Corner of Ste Catherine and McKay, in front of Influence-U
When: Saturday, November 24, 1:00-2:30 pm
“Fur is a deadly luxury that animals can't afford.” - IDA
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