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Fur Store Closing, Thanks to Animal Advocates

Written by Michelle Kretzer | January 13, 2012
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Dworkin Furs in Ottawa has been peddling pelts for more than a century. But 100 years of cruelty is coming to an end as Dworkin Furs sells off the last of its skins and shuts its doors.

While management at Dworkin is staying mum, business professor Ian Lee said fur sales are down because PETA and other groups have exposed the cruelty of the fur industry. “[PETA] have made it less fashionable—or less acceptable, I should say—to wear fur,” he told news sources. “You don’t close your doors because you’re making lots of money … you close your doors because you aren’t making money.”

Thanks for showing retailers that fur is headed the way of the stagecoach. Let’s keep the pressure on by sharing the Pledge to Be Fur-Free on Facebook and adding to the long list of people who wouldn’t be caught dead wearing dead animals.

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  • ~ Genifer says:

    I refuse to wear “faux” because it still promotes the thinking that the real thing is still fashionable.

  • Mimi says:

    Thank you PETA, thank you to everyone who once wore fur and now have stopped because of undercover videos showing cruelty at it’s worse. It takes all of us working together and educating the public exposing only the truth…. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” — Gandhi

  • samantha says:

    Please don’t slump everyone whose ever worn a fur product in the category of “bad people.” It’s an awful thing to torture an animal for fur, & i’m very happy about these results, but the generalize people who own or have owned fur products is a downright stupid comment to make.

  • erika acevedo says:

    Thanks PETA for help animals..We need more promotion in spanish please….Spanish country they need a large education about animals…Thanks again!!

  • carmen rivera says:

    Cultural phenomenon or not, the issue is animal cruelty being carried out to wear fur… this is one great result. I hope the fur industry continues to face awareness on how fur is produced, with guilt, that is. The decline of fur industry is something that is just waiting to happen because of animal rights advocates. One small step for PETA, but one giant leap for the animals being skinned alive. Kudos PETA!!! More power!

  • Carla* says:

    Wait!! Don’t feel all warm and fussy for the animals just yet, we have alooong way to go!! Hunting for fur bearing animals such as the otter (which just a decade ago was almost hunted to extinction) just came with a bigger price tag recently in Canada for their pelts. And the polar bear whom are already in grave danger due to climate change, over hunting and environmental issues… their dead bodies (worth more dead then alive due to some Government loop hole) went from $400.00 pr animal to $1200+ and yes you can hunt mothers with cubs, hunt them in dens and well just about anywhere along the Hudson Bay/James river. Keep up the pressure, Never assume the animals are fully protected. Never stop shouting wherever animal welfare is concerned!! We are their voice and as long as there is greed assume no one is protected!!

  • Josué says:

    Only bad people wear fur

  • Tammy says:

    Tom, I think fur has become less popular mainly due to public awareness concerning the cruelty to animals. Now, if someone is wearing a fur coat, people look at them with horror, not appreciation. Look at the celebs who still wear fur? There’s comments all over the internet about how terrible it is. Consideration for animals will be the way of the future.

  • Rodney says:

    Cultural phenomenon or not, the issue is animal cruelty being carried out to wear fur… this is one great result. I hope the fur industry continues to face awareness on how fur is produced, with guilt, that is. The decline of fur industry is something that is just waiting to happen because of animal rights advocates. One small step for PETA, but one giant leap for the animals being skinned alive. Kudos PETA!!! More power!

  • Mali Somali says:

    Congratulations!!!! Great news!!!!

  • deborah mcgowan says:

    this is great!! we still need to watch the faux fur we buy is not from the disgusting fur trade in china.

  • billy williams says:

    Hooray for the animals!

  • Tom says:

    I don’t think you can really take credit for this. The decline of fur has been a cultural phenomenon that is not only about animal cruelty. It is also about the decline of ostentation and formality in the past 3 generations. People just don’t dress like that anymore. Fur coats have not gone the way of the stagecoach, they’ve gone the way of the 3-piece suit and the formal hat.

  • Christine says:

    woo hoo!

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