Sunday, February 13, 2011

Only Losers Sell Fur

Recently I have had to and will continue to, boycott one of my favourite retailers Winners. It's difficult to be sure the clothing I buy is sweat shop free and I do what I can to be sure I make purchases that are cruelty free and ethical however I know that indirectly I have supported sweatshops and other mistreatment unbeknown to me. I don't know what I don't know, which is why I question almost everything I buy. I have learned Winners sells fur. Now I must voice my disgrace on the subject. 

On the Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns blog they posted in detail recent encounters with Winners:

Winners Selling Raccoon Fur

Well, this is it, we are SICK AND TIRED of seeing cheap, cruel fur for sale atWinners, and we are even more sick and tired of being lied to about it!
Winners sells fur from many different species of animals like rabbits, raccoon dogs, mink and foxes, raised on fur farms in several different countries including CanadaGreeceFinland and China.
When contacting Winners in the past regarding their sale of fur they have stated “as long as it is in style, we will continue to sell it.”
When a concerned customer contacted them in regards to a raccoon dog trimmed jacket they were sold and specifically told by Winners staff that it is FAKE FUR, their response was “well our staff are not experts on the subject.”
NOW, this is the latest from WINNERS:
“Hi ****,
Thank you for your email.  We appreciate the time you have taken to contact
us and have taken your comments very seriously.  Your voice does count, and
we will continue to evaluate the sale of fur in our stores.
As a retailer, our goal is to provide our customers with the widest
selection of merchandise, while providing the best quality and value.
Therefore, as a retailer with a diverse clientele, we make every attempt to
understand and satisfy the needs and concerns of all of our customers.
Please be assured WMI does not condone the unethical treatment of any
animal.  Our buyers only purchase fur products from reputable manufacturers
in the industry.  We have very tight systems in place to ensure that we do
not purchase or sell any merchandise containing dog or cat fur. Whenever
possible, our buyers purchase domestically produced goods, where it is
illegal to use dog or cat fur and any new purchases require manufacturers’
documentation that no dog or cat fur is involved.
Our Buyers travel to China periodically throughout the year and tour many
of the factories, however we have Agents who live there that we pay to
protect our interests and to ensure our vendors are abiding by our
agreements.  Be assured we have all of our Vendors sign an agreement that
indicates no fur from endangered species, dog, cat, racoon dog, asiatic
racoon, etc…  will be a part of any product offered to, shipped to or
sold to our Organization by them or their affiliates.
We hope this information answers your concerns.  If you have any other
inquiries, please feel free to contact our toll freeCustomer Serviceline
at:  1800-646-9466 in order to speak to one of our Representatives.”
Winners has now stated that they do not sell ASIATIC RACCOON.  The problem is we were in Winners on December 23rd and we found a whole rack of winter jackets with raccoon dog trim labeled as ASIATIC RACCOON. (attached are pictures of the trim and the tag)
Winners has stated: 
“Our Buyers travel to China periodically throughout the year and tour many
of the factories, however we have Agents who live there that we pay to
protect our interests and to ensure our vendors are abiding by our
We contacted the manufacturer Soia and Kyo whose fur trimmed jackets are for sale in Winners right now.  They told us that Winners has not ever inspected any of their factories, let alone a fur farm, as they are an independent manufacturer.  So Winners has NO IDEA where they source their fur from, or how the animals are treated.
Thank you for your efforts, please forward this email!
Please note:
This alert is not meant to incite any illegal activities and all the information in this message is for legal use only. We don’t take
responsibility for other people’s actions no matter how much they make us smile. Thanks for your support.
Fur from China is often mislabelled as fur from other species or even as "all man made materials". There aren't any laws in Canada regarding labelling. Products do not have to say which animal the fur is a source of and don not have to even indicate that it is real.. But you can't mislabel them, legally. Fur is exported to countries throughout the world to be sold to unsuspecting customers.
PETA has been documenting articles and footage of the the Fur Industry for years. 
There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China who are the largest fur exporters in the world. Be aware, ask questions and please don't support cruelty. Compassion Is Fashion!!

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Life-long Vegetarian and proud to be Canadian. Really, I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint (I do not feel ashamed) I'm your hell, I'm your dream (I'm nothing in between) You know, I wouldn't want it any other way..... (I'd like to think that song was written about me! lol)