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Special Notice: Friends of Animals "NO FUR" Buttons

December 28, 2004 | Fur

The Winter Badge of Ethics

How many times have you wondered what to do when you run into a human being wearing another animal's fur?

Ethical vegans know that a society free of intimidation and control is our goal. So we take the high road, with fashionably small yet highly visible buttons that say FUR with a red, diagonal line through the word. Your message is clear.

And your statement is made to everyone in the train, or in the restaurant, in the street or shop -- not just after your disastrous collision with the human fur-wearer occurs.

No more reacting to others. Make your statement on your time, everywhere. When you sport the NO-FUR badge, you'll find that people affirmatively ask you about your views.

Priscilla Feral, Friends of Animals president, recently attracted the attention of a young person in a clothing shop. "What should I know about fur?" the young person asked, contemplating the Friends of Animals NO-FUR button. "My diet is purely vegetarian, but I've seen some new styles of chinchilla, and was thinking about it."

A dialogue followed, and the young person became aware of the reasons to think beyond diet, and make peaceful decisions as a guiding philosophy. So much is available now in organic and sustainable fabrics for all seasons. Without the NO-FUR button, this lively and life-affirming conversation wouldn't have happened -- and some other activist might have run into this same young person in a new chinchilla coat.

Winter has arrived. When will it happen next?

Be ready. Click here to order now. Just $1 each.

no fur button

Size: Small 1 1/2" diameter (but no one will miss your message, which is black and stop-sign red on a white background.

We ship to: All U.S. postal codes.


Wearing fur is cruel. Don't people know all life is interdependent with one another? Hasn't anyone heard of fake fur? Why waste your money on something later you'll regret?

Well said, Rebecca. I think fur looks so much better on animals anyway. What is the point?!?

I agree with frr. What is the point? But sadly, leather is hard to get away from. Please give me a list of companies that sell faux leather. I would appreciate it! -- Dear Shelley, If you can support organic cotton, it seems to us that it is probably your best bet for animals because it is the best material for their habitat. This was explained to us in depth at Vegetarian Summerfest by Loren Lockman (who will speak at our forthcoming conference, 9-10 July in New York City). See[Patagonia]( "Patagonia") and you can check with them to make sure your order is vegan. They are open any time at 1.800.638.6464 to help on the phone. They try to give something back to nature by supporting grants to the following groups: Nevada Wilderness Project -
Northern Forest Alliance -
Oregon Natural Desert Association -
Oregon Natural Resources Council -
RESTORE: The North Woods -
Save Our Wild Salmon -
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance -
Tuolumne River Preservation -
Utah Rivers Council -
Here is what their site says: When we scrutinized fabric fibers to determine their environmental impact, we figured cotton was "pure" and "natural," made from a plant. We were right about the plant. As it happens, very little is pure or natural about cotton when it is raised conventionally. Fully 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals in the United States are used to produce cotton, grown on just one percent of all major agricultural land. Conventional cotton crops in six California counties alone are dusted every year with 57 million pounds of chemicals. And research shows that extensive and intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, soil additives, defoliants and other substances wreak terrible havoc on soil, water, air and many, many living things. There is, of course, an alternative: organic cotton. There are farmers who have been growing cotton without harmful chemicals for years. Their yield is high and the quality of the cotton they grow is equal to or better than conventionally grown cotton. Their methods support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and often use less water. Growing organically takes more time, requires more knowledge and skill, and, for now, costs more. But it's worth it. Once we had this knowledge, and the counsel of good friends in the environmental community, we believed we had no choice. In 1996, we converted our entire sportswear line to 100% organically grown cotton. We decided never to go back to conventional cotton, regardless of the outcome. Best wishes for mindful shopping, Lee Hall,
Friends of Animals.

Thankyou for that letter. I found it helpful as I have often wondered whether I can buy more animal friendly products. I do have to admit I agree with Shelley, it is difficult to find a decent leather alternative. Anyway I will now be on the look-out!


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