Beware, DOG FUR sold in the U.S.A.
Even if you read clothing labels, you may be buying dog fur.
Much of the anti-fur movement grew from the horrible conditions of fur farms. The trouble with animals raised for fur? Fur farms like puppy mills often abuse animals. Often animals bred for fur are locked in filthy cages and must live in their waste. Most must pace, lie, and sleep on wire floors. Wire floors often cause injury to claws and paws. Also, animals kept in cages must live their entire lives without exercise. All in all, most fur farms do the same type of harm as puppy mills to the canines they raise.
Murmanski or Tanuki Mean DOG FUR
Labeled as Coyote, Wolf, or other Species May Be Dog
These labels often prove false under testing. Care about dogs and want to reduce animal suffering? Don’t buy clothing, which might be dog fur. Inspect all sweaters, jackets, or fur clothing before you buy.
“In 2010, Congress passed the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, which requires all animal fur to be labeled—but some retailers continue to sell animal fur products as faux. Raccoon dogs, who have been documented to be skinned alive, are the most misrepresented species often advertised as a different type of animal or faux.” Humane Society Going Fur-Free
Even Levi & Company Moved 99% Overseas
“Want a “Made in the USA” tag stitched inside your iconic Levi’s 501 jeans? In the outsourcing era, all Levi’s jeans are cut and stitched outside America with one exception: a single line of jeans produced at a factory called “White Oak” in Greensboro, NC.” Source: Google Location of Levi Manufacture. So how do we know they don’t use child labor or economic slaves? We don’t.
Say No to Cheap Clothing
Back 50 years ago, most clothing proved expensive. People worked for a few months to buy a warm coat. Many people bought sturdy clothing on layaway. Dresses came at high prices, too.
Care about not paying for child labor or locking workers into factories? Then by all means either make your own, buy clothing at thrift shops and garage sales. Or you could find and buy from ethical clothing producers. “According to a study that came out earlier this month, not only do most people choose to remain willfully ignorant of the conditions in which their clothing is made, they also look down on the type of consumers who do care.” Source: www.refinery29.com/en-us/why-i-dont-buy-fast-fashion-cheap-clothes
Photo by Jacob Postuma on Unsplash
At One Time I Made Clothing
In high school, I asked for the gift of a sewing machine. I wanted to make my pants, skirts, and dresses. A sense of control came from poring over McCall’s and Simplicity Sewing Pattern catalogs. Eventually, I figured out how to make some of my designs too. Loved picking patterns and sewing dresses for my sister also. At nineteen, I even sewed my wedding dress. I’ve never forgotten that knee-length linen with a scooped neckline pattern I trimmed with white lace, decorated with a full satin ribbon waist that tied in a bow at the back of the waist.
Copyright© Deborah Taylor-French
Thanks for reading. Want to read more of my dog welfare posts?
Stay tuned, May 16th for our special guest, Cindy Aldridge.
Aldridge proposed a piece on how to move with your dog. “Our dogs are like furry family members. We want them to be comfortable and happy as much if not more than we want those things for ourselves. So, when moving, we want to find a home and neighborhood where they can thrive while also keeping them anxiety-free and out of harm’s way throughout the actual moving process.”
“I’ve got some great ideas and advice I would like to share with dog owners on house hunting, moving, and how to make their dog feel comfortable in its new home.”