article was written by peta2 youth marketing coordinator Helena Soh.
you may or may not have heard recently about how Urban Outfitters mistakenly sold
real fur labeled as "faux." After discovering that a sweater he
purchased from the store actually contained real fur, vegan activist Joshua
Katcher, who blogs at The
Discerning Brute, publicly asked Urban Outfitters for an explanation.
Outfitters then responded by apologizing for its "unacceptable mistake"
and said that the error originated from the product vendor's factory. "We
sincerely apologize for this unacceptable mistake," the company says. "We
take our agreement with PETA to stop selling fur seriously and want to uphold
our promise." We're glad to hear it, UO! Urban Outfitters took
responsibility and immediately pulled the item. We just hope that this also makes
other retailers more conscious of which vendors are providing them with their
times like these that remind us that while many retailers do their part to show
compassion for animals, it is ultimately up to us—the consumers—to make
educated choices about what we're buying. So how are we supposed to know if
what we're buying is faux, "faux sure"? Well, take it from Joshua—distinguishing
real fur from faux fur can be as easy as one, two, three:
Good thing the Truth in Fur Labeling Act—which requires that all products containing any animal fur, no matter how little, be labeled by species and country of origin—will be in effect soon!
Until then, I think we can all agree that these are simple and easy steps—but that they make a BIG difference. Buying something that has real fur in it, even if it's "mostly" faux, means one more bunny, raccoon, or fox—or even a cat or dog—probably got skinned alive or anally electrocuted for the sake of "fashion." And NO coat, sweater, or hat or any other item is worth that kind of suffering.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.