Seoul Fur Fashion Show Angers Animal Rights Activists
by Tom McGregor    Sat, Jun 4, 2011, 07:00 PM

Anger Fur.bmpAnimal Rights activists from all over the world were expressing outrage on Thursday during the Fendi 2011 Fall/Winter runway show at the “Floating Island,’ a newly-opened cluster of three artificial islands on the Han River in Seoul, South Korea.

 

South Koreans are the world’s largest consumers of fur clothing. Demonstrators greeted every visitor to the event with a chant of “shame on you.”

The Joong Ang Ilbo reports that, “more than 100 animal rights activists lined up on both sides of the road leading to the venue several hours before the show began at 8:20 p.m. They were surrounded by a nearly equal number of security guards in sleek black suits.”

Some of the demonstrators were holding picket signs that read, “No Fur.” A dozen elementary school students, among the protestors, were observed screaming, “furs are cruel! We hate Fendi!.” A few activists held pictures of brutally-skinned animals, some others brought their own dogs (South Koreans eat dogs as a delicacy), and many of them chose to say, “shame on you,” in a low whisper to each and everyone of the glamorously-dressed quests.

According to the Joong Ang Ilbo, “’Furs are no longer objects to be acquired and people in other countries are increasingly disgusted by them,’ said Cho Hee-kyung, a representative of the Korean Society for Animal Freedom. ‘That worldwide trend has yet to arrive in Korea and it’s a shame that the country has emerged as the world’s number one consumer of furs. Realizing its hardship with fur product sales in the West, Fendi has moved its focus to Asia and the Seoul city government is being manipulated.”

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written by Rick , June 05, 2011

I can't believe that anyone still wears fur, after they've repeatedly been made aware of the ethical problems associated with it. China is the world 's largest exporter of fur clothing to the US and dog and cat fur is deliberately mislabeled so that it can be sold to unsuspecting Americans-- the same China who cut safety corners to sell us contaminated pet food, lead-painted toys, melamine in flour, etc., is also selling us fur from animals that have been skinned alive (it's cheaper that way). This is not an issue that concerns only animal rights advocates. Everyone from Pink to Paul McCartney has denounced fur. Even if you put aside the ethical problems and the cruelty, fur is so out-dated. Women who wear fur look like my old grandma going to her weekly bingo game. YUCK!!!




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written by John King , June 08, 2011

People have a right to wear what they want.



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