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Fur market ‘flat’ in China

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: fashion is cyclical. The rapid rise of fur prices in recent years was disheartening for us and our supporters. But the perfect storm of higher temperatures and lowering spending trends means one thing – fur is on the outs in China. ...
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Mugging little old ladies

Getting them young is the plan trappers in Ontario have to keep their industry alive. In a recent “ news article ” about the Fur Harvesters Auction in North Bay, a “reporter” revealed that the industry is grasping at straws to get kids interested.
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Episode 127: Getting (humanely) educated

This week we’re continuing to look at the subject of humane education with one of the biggest names in the business. The co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education , Zoe Weil is an award-winning author of six books, educator and speaker. She designed the graduate certificate programs ...
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Inherently inhumane: LA bans traps

It’s a beautiful day in Los Angeles for humans and fur-bearing animals alike. The city has officially banned the use of all traps that grip or snare animals.
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Lawsuit launched to protect lynx in Idaho

In Idaho, the Canada lynx is an endangered species that cannot be trapped. Unfortunately, no one told the traps this. Three conservation groups have initiated legal action against the governor of Idaho and other involved state officials to end trapping that illegally kills the lynx, now a rare species in ...
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Fur flies in Montreal

The bastion of fashion in Canada is in the middle of a fight between furriers and those who represent them. The Montreal Gazette reports that after the end of the North American Fur and Fashion Exhibition Montreal (NAFFEM) two rival trade shows have started up, and it’s driving a wedge ...
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Episode 126: A brief history of humane education

This week’s episode is the first of many to come that will focus on a subject of the utmost importance to us – humane education.
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Kangaroo court hears fur farm complaints

Two Langley residents had their cases heard – and subsequently dismissed – regarding the operations of a nearby mink farm by the Farm Industry Review Board . We spent time today thoroughly reviewing the FIRB decision and can offer some analysis into the process. The complaints were made by neighbours ...
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The refreshing truth about coyotes in spring

A coyote may be lurking in your backyard, waiting for a chance to steal your babies. At least, that’s how most media outlets portray our wild dog neighbours. Fortunately for us – and the coyotes – there’s Dr. Shelley Alexander. A professor at the University of Calgary and one of ...
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Half a million pounds of feces headed to PEI

The provincial approval of $4,000,000 in loans to a PEI fur farm stinks – literally. With the development of a new farm in Haliburton, there will soon be nearly four pounds of poo per person in the small island province. According to a short article by the CBC , the ...
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