Respect for Animals launches online database detailing the use of fur on university fashion courses

Respect for Animals, Britain’s leading anti-fur organisation, has today launched its new campaign to kick fur off campus by unveiling a database of UK fashion college policies towards to use of fur. Using Freedom of Information requests, Respect for Animals has contacted every university in the country running fashion courses, regarding the use of real fur and what, if any, policies are in place on the subject. This includes both
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The terrible truth about the fur trade’s death toll

Respect for Animals has analysed the fur trade’s auction results for 2018 and can reveal the truly terrible toll of animal suffering. Last year 30.5 million mink and fox skins were sold at the two main sets of auctions- Kopenhagen and SAGA. These pelts sold for $957.2 million. These figures give an idea of the scale of the industry but are far from the full picture. In addition, it is
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Research shows that being ‘fur-free’ offers the boost that fashion brands crave.

The global research consultancy Sigwatch has found that luxury fashion houses have dominated the top ten corporate brands most praised by activists and NGOs in the third quarter of this year. All the fashion brands listed have one thing in common: they have all stopped using real fur. This analysis provides yet more evidence that fashion brands have much to gain by going fur-free. Not only are they taking an
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Fur Is Not Green

The Fur Trade and the Environment ‘The Environmental Impact Of Fur Farming’: download the Fur Free Alliance factsheet The fur industry likes to claim that it a sustainable industry, even environmentally responsible, sometimes, even ‘green’. This claim is laughable and does not stand up to scrutiny. Many fur trade advertisements have had to be withdrawn or amended following complaints to advertising standards authorities in a number of countries. (See case
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Statistics

Statistics Accurate statistics showing the number of animals killed by the fur trade each year are notoriously difficult to get hold of and published figures from the fur trade may not be accurate. The other reason that the statistics can never be accurate is the constantly changing nature of the fur trade. Economics volatility as well as the vagaries of fashion mean that the overall demand for fur and for
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Fur farming

Most fur sold globally is from farmed animals (at least 85%), as mink, foxes, raccoon dogs, rabbits and chinchillas. Worldwide each year more than 100 million animals are killed on fur farms after short and miserable lives in small wire mesh battery cages, only for fashion. Keeping wild predators in small cages results in numerous serious stress-related health problems – as infected wounds, missing limbs, cannibalism and stereotypical behaviour. To preserve the pelts animals on fur farms or killed by
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How to tell the difference between real and fake fur

      We frequently receive reports from members of the public who think they have found real fur on sale mislabelled as fake or bearing no label at all. Often, they are not entirely sure if the fur on sale is real or fake as the imitation fur is becoming more realistic. Please note, that we recommend speaking with the retailer in the first instance. Here are some handy
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How many animals have to die for a fur coat?

Click on the image to see how many of these beautuful animals have to be killed just for a fur coat that nobody really needs.  Remember: Fur trim isn’t the ‘leftovers’ from making full length fur coats. It depends on the style and size of the garment but here is a guide to the number of animals that suffer and die for ‘fashion’.
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Nordic Fur Trade- marketed as responsible business

Read the new report by our European colleagues on the reality of Saga Fur’s ‘ethical’ farming policy. The document exposes the reality of fur farming in stark contrast to the spurious claim of high ethical standards made by the fur trade. Launched in the European Parliament, with support across Europe- including from Respect for Animals-  the report focuses on ‘Saga Furs’, one of the main players in the European fur
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