Recently I have been appalled by the way real fur seems to be creeping back to acceptability. Celebrities such as Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian parade around in mink coats and fans of TOWIE sport their bobble hats topped with racoon fur.
Sunday supplements regularly feature real fur on their fashion pages (most notably I’ve noticed the Sunday Times Style magazine) with fox fur handbags as well as key rings and handbag charms made from mink fur.
I think it’s so sad the way these poor animals’ fur is dyed in rainbow colours with wiggly eyes attached to try to make these trinkets look like “fun” little monsters in order to detract from what they actually are. Whether it came from an animal on a fur farm or one who was trapped in the wild, every fur coat, trinket, and bit of trim caused an animal tremendous suffering—and took away a life.
Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison. More than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and often skinned alive for their fur.
The Sunday Times is one of the nation’s favourite newspapers, it would be great to see them listen to their readers and stop supporting fur!
Our animals are in danger. Under secretive new government plans, factory farm bosses would be put in charge of monitoring how well they treat their livestock.  It would mean putting the protection of our sheep, cows and chickens in the hands of companies whose whole purpose is to make a profit out of them.
It’s like asking children to mark their own homework.
The government thought they could sneak past these changes on the quiet – and they’re planning to start dishing out powers to farming bosses in just a few weeks. [2, 3] But if we come together in huge numbers and prove how unpopular these plans are, we could push the government to back down – and give our animals the protection they deserve.
If you think animal welfare rules shouldn’t be left in the hands of factory farming bosses, add your name to the petition here. It’ll take less than a minute:
SIGN THE PETITION
38 Degrees members stand up to companies when they try to put profit over basic decency. Cows, chicks and horses don’t have voices of their own – it’s down to us to speak up for them. So when 38 Degrees member Cas heard the news about the animal welfare plans, she knew she had to start a campaign.
Here’s what Cas has to say:
“The meat industry has had many scandals over the years.
“Weakening regulations can only increase animal suffering – and impact the people consuming meat reared under poorer quality conditions.”
Click here to sign the petition now:
SIGN THE PETITION
Thanks for being involved,
Luke, Bex, Robin and the 38 Degrees team
Direct from the petition webpage:
Please sign this petition to help to stop the barbaric killing of baby foxes. ‘Cubbing’ starts in August and ends in November each year. In the name of hunting, young fox-cubs are used to train young hounds, in a reduced woodland with little to no chance of escape before being ripped apart. Underground holes – fox earths and badger setts – are blocked to prevent the cubs having a safe place to hide. If these poor creatures escape underground, ‘terrier-men’ are on hand to ensure that they dig out the fox-cub. Hunt followers surround the woods to ensure that any terrified fox-cubs trying to escape are ‘flushed out’ and scared back into the mouths of the pack of hounds.
There need to be much tighter controls on ensuring that the illegal act of ‘cubbing’ does not take place and strict sanctions for those whom aid and abet it. 80% of people in the United Kingdom are against hunting in the United Kingdom. Please sign this petition and demand that our government and Defra uphold the law against this cruel and outdated practice, so that ‘cubbing’ is consigned to the history books forever.
Ask your MP today to support efforts to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses in England.
A new bill to ban wild animals in circuses in England is being presented on Wednesday 10 February 2016 and we need your urgent help if it is to have a chance of succeeding.
Please contact your MP and urge them to support Conservative MP Will Quince’s Ten Minute Rule Motion: Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition) Bill.
With no timetable set by the government to bring in the ban that was promised four years ago, we must seize this opportunity to stop the suffering once and for all.
We are determined to get the legislation promised the animals, and politicians, the public and animal experts are on our side. A similar bill championed by Animal Defenders International had overwhelming support but was blocked by just a few MPs. We can’t let this happen again.
Circuses are gearing up to go on the road again and the animals will be forced to perform for another year. We must stop this merry go round of suffering – and the threat of yet more wild animal acts. A new big cat circus is already poised to return to England, having been prevented from doing so last year due to the inadequate living conditions the lions and tigers were forced to endure.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
The ivory trade is pushing elephants to the edge of extinction,and Yahoo is making a killing from trinket sales in Japan! But right now we have a chance to end this corporate complicity.
Several big brands like Google and Amazon are refusing to sellivory. Yahoo is one of the few major online markets left. But we could influence that decision. Right now Yahoo is losing some of its best employees, and the CEO is offering millions to convince people to stay. If we threaten to lift the lid on Yahoo’s bloody secret, she could lose staff even faster, and may reconsider the costs of this cruel trade.
100 elephants are being massacred a day, and their emotional intelligence means they understand the horror of what is happening to them. Let’s raise a million voices to protect these majestic creatures — Avaaz will run an advertising blitz and target Yahoo employees worldwide to demand change from the inside. Sign now and recruit others to join on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else!
From the Animal Aid website:
Please submit an objection to plans for a huge new chicken farm in Yorkshire, which could rear more than a million birds per year in cramped, filthy conditions, before sending them to a terrifying slaughterhouse death.
We conducted an undercover investigation at another farm run by H Barker and Son, the company applying to build the new ‘unit’. We uncovered distressing scenes of animal suffering, including birds with missing feathers and raw, sore-looking skin, birds with hock burns (caused by the filthy bedding) and birds collapsing under their excessive body weight. Outside the farm was a pile of dead chickens, left exposed to the open air.
Please help stop H Barker and Son from building a new chicken farm by submitting an objection to the plans, using this link. If you can take a moment to personalise the letter, then that will ensure it has maximum impact.