First came “Mad Cow” Mania. Throughout the 1990s, television and newspaper reports saturated us with information about this strange and frightening disease, more properly known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. Before long, a form of mass panic set in. Throughout Europe, millions of healthy animals were slaughtered as a “preventive” measure. The images of gigantic “burn piles” on which animal bodies were dumped are hellish and haunting. (For more information about BSE, see “Beef’s Last Stand.”)
The next time you walk down a city street on a cold winter day, take a close look at what people are wearing. Chances are you’ll find fur trim on everything from jacket collars and cuffs to sweaters and vests — even handbags and belts. The fur industry is spending big to weave what it calls “the new American fabric” into any item it can convince designers to sell.
In September 2002, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) stunned animal advocates with an about-face in its decision to deny an application by Six Flags Marine World to import two baby Asian elephants from India.
Ask what comes from “factory-farmed animals” and most people will think “food.” After all, eggs come from factory-farmed chickens, milk from dairy lot cows, sausages and bacon and pork chops from factory-farmed pigs. But why should we think the use of animals stops at the dinner table?
Most people are aware that fur comes from animals who were either cruelly trapped or miserably raised in tiny barren cages. Few people today flaunt full-length fur coats that took the lives of 35 minks to make, but even fewer people recognize that 3 foxes suffered just the same to make a fur-trim collar. It’s estimated that 90% of today’s cage-raised fox is used for fur trim. That’s a lot of suffering for something as frivolous as a fur collar, especially when so many beautiful, stylish, and humane alternatives are available.
What are the dangers of taking a dog along while shopping?
Because many states allow only seeing eye or assistance dogs to be brought into stores or malls, some people take their dogs along but leave them in the car. This can be deadly.
In 1998, California voters overwhelmingly passed (by 57.5%) Proposition 4, the state ballot initiative introduced by API and six other animal advocacy organizations in a coalition called ProPAW (Protect Pets and Wildlife).
API Wildlife Campaign Director, Camilla Fox, was invited by North American Hunter magazine to submit a piece on the animal rights perspective of sport hunting. This is what the editors received.