Question 2: 'How can the use of animal (sic) to make a luxury product ever be ethical?'
In the first few sentences of the reply, the FCC evokes what is loosely referred to as “the Bambi Syndrome,” the idea, most certainly not entirely without merit, that many people base their views on fictional and emotionally appealing stories that imbue animals with absurdly anthropomorphic characteristics and badly misrepresent their lives. It states: “Most of us grew up with wonderful stories of Mama Bear and Baby Bear and we all love Bambi. But Nature is not Disneyland.” 6
Question 3: 'How can I be sure the Canadian fur industry practices humane standards?'
The question obviously has no real bearing on whether or not fur is “green,” but the fur industry knows that by far the greatest concern of potential buyers of furs is that they derive from animal abuse. It cannot avoid addressing the issue.
The answer to Question 3 begins, “Trapping in Canada is strictly regulated by the provincial and territorial wildlife departments.”
Question 4: 'Are those videos going around for real?'
The answer is: “Unfortunately there are many documented incidents of activists’ groups ‘staging’ horrible videos to fuel their fund-raising drives, and links to http://www.furcommission.com/news/newsC7.htm, a website devoted to exposing such chicanery.”
Question 5: 'Are coats in Canada made from dog and cat fur?'
The answer begins, “Animal activists often make this claim to discredit the fur trade — but they have yet to find a single dog or cat fur garment in Canada.”
No they do not — not often, if at all — make such a claim, and since the FCC gives no example, we have to wonder what its evidence is for this contention.
Question 6: 'Who are the animal activist groups and what do they really want?'
If this question is literally one that has been asked of the FCC (it would make more sense to ask the “animal activist groups” in question) it seems hopelessly absurd, and we suspect it has been made up in order to allow the FCC to proselytize, having ended any further attempt to suggest that fur is “green.”
1 There is a caveat to this assertion. Many people actively opposed to the abuse of animals are also involved in working toward the rights of various groups of people, and may see the fur industry’s huge reliance on models who are attractive young women, often in provocative poses, as promoting inherently sexist societal values.
Surely one of the most iconic species of wildlife to inhabit Canada is the polar bear. Along with the beaver, moose, loon, eagle and wolf it is among the native wildlife species most often portrayed and easily identified by Canadians. But very few Canadians have seen one outside of zoos. Those who have are often eco-tourists who have made the trek to Churchill, Manitoba, on the west shore of Hudson Bay, which is an immense inland sea of 822,324 square kilometers (about 320,000 square miles). Polar bears move up and down that shoreline, their numbers often concentrated in and around the town of Churchill, in the province’s far northeast.
Few attacks against wildlife are more irrational and bloody than the effort being made in Canada and the United States to kill off large numbers of double-crested cormorants while they are nesting. In Canada, Born Free USA is one of several animal protection and conservation organizations that are founding members of Cormorant Defenders International (CDI), which is dedicated to the protection of cormorants and other waterbirds that nest in colonies from culls. Our focus has been the lower Great Lakes, where both the federal and provincial governments have instigated culling of many thousands of birds while they are nesting.