Seals, Elephants, and Coyotes…Oh My!

Fur is never necessary. Fur is murder.


This week marked the beginning of the annual seal slaughter in Canada.  This has been going on for years, with the proponents claiming everything from economic necessity to that the hunt should be kept alive since it is a part of Canadian culture and history.  Baby harp seals are clubbed or shot and then skinned for their soft fur, which is than sold to European markets, who are stockpiling the pelts because they are unable to sell them.  There goes your economic necessity.  As for history and culture, there was a time when people did have to wear seal skin and eat their meat.  We now are able to make clothing and eat without having to hurt animals.  Help put an end to the seal slaughter.

Today was Save the Elephant Day.  Loss of habitat in the wild, forced captivity in zoos, and being forced to perform unnatural, stupid tricks in circuses makes elephants one of the most abused animals on Earth.  While Ringling Brothers is going to retire their elephants from performing this year, the elephants will housed at their breeding facility, so they will still be used and beaten, just not forced to perform.  Then there is Nosey, a solitary elephant who despite poor health is being carted all over the U.S. and forced to give people rides.  Two things that can be done right now to help elephants is to convince Ringling to retire their elephants to a sanctuary, and to convince the USDA to confiscate Nosey from “owners” Hugo and Franciszka Liebel.

Canada Goose coats are made with real fur.  Coyotes are caught in leghold traps and then shot so selfish idiots can have a Canada Goose coat.  Now that consumers have learned what really goes into making a Canada Goose coat, they have been condoning Canada Goose on both Twitter and Facebook, to epic and hilarious results.  Canada Goose’s reaction has been to try to defend their use of real fur, calling it a personal choice and even a necessity.  The coyotes didn’t get a choice on being murdered for their skin, and a personal choice stops being personal when it causes harm to someone else.  Fur is never necessary.  Fur is murder.

Author: Stacie M Stark

Activist with 25 years of experience in human and animal rights and welfare. Specializing in children's rights and issues, LGBT rights, and companion animal welfare and rights. Member and always will be of Amnesty International, Best Friends Animal Society, and PETA. Mom, queer, vegetarian. Hello Kitty and Disney Princess collector. Cat lover. Sagwa fan. I want to live at the public library.

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