Macy's kills dogs for fur

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_bi_ge/macy_s_dog_fur

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  3. Gokul43201

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    Why are dogs and cats treated different from minks, possums or muskrats?
     
  4. edward

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    Apparently there is a shortage of faux fur in China where the garments were made.
     
  5. Greg Bernhardt

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    minks, possums or muskrats aren't common pets. We think of our dogs and cats as humans.
     
  6. Moonbear

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    Yep, that's pretty much it, the emotional attachment people have for animals they consider "companions" rather than "livestock."

    Of course, in this case, it goes even beyond that, because there are people who would opt not to buy ANY real fur, so them being told it's faux fur, and then learning that it's really animal fur would be a big issue for them, regardless of which animal it's from.
     
  7. Gokul43201

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    So it's from marketing considerations, not moral considerations. People! :rolleyes:
     
  8. Moonbear

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    Yeah, it's definitely a bias people have. If it were up to my cat, she'd say make all the coats out of dogs, and she might not even object to other cats. :rofl:
     
  9. "Macy's kills dogs for fur"

    Sorry but that title is completely misleading.

    But anyway, I do not understand this double standard that some people have by having no problems with leather coats or even fox or mink coats and then getting all upset about dog or cat skins.
     
  10. Lol, I dunno. I would feel OK being with someone who is wearing a fur coat (I don't wear fur. lol) but if I knew it was made of cat's fur.... that's just creepy. Human nature I guess. It doesn't make sense to me logically, but thats just how it goes I guess.
     
  11. *Makes best Homer Simpson impression* Cat fur... Comfy...
     
  12. Gokul43201

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    When I first heard about this story, I couldn't help chuckling a little. 'Twasn't so long ago that shops would sell fake fur as the real thing...now they sell real fur as fake!
     
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  14. Ivan Seeking

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    Funny thing: I have never met anyone who hates any animal more than a certain mink farmer. He absolutely hates minks. I guess the darn things are viscious. But in either case, we have many laws intended to prevent cruelty to animals. Mink are probably in there as well.

    As another aside, I knew another guy who tried raising ostriches. After they totally kicked his ass one day he didn't like them anymore either.
     
  15. Gokul43201

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    This is priceless! :rofl:
     
  16. Ivan Seeking

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    :biggrin: I sure thought so!!! He was off work for about a week...
     
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  18. Moonbear

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    Yes, and with animals used for fur, it doesn't pay to mistreat them...literally. An obvious sign of ill-health or distress in those animals is that their fur starts to become scraggly and dry and poorly groomed. If you want a very plush, high quality (and therefore high price) coat out of their pelts, you want to keep them very healthy and happy while raising them. Educating fur farmers that they can make more money if they treat their animals well has made more improvement in the animals' welfare than just passing laws.

    I do respect people who choose not to use animal products of any kind (fur, leather, meat, etc.)...I disagree with them and will vehemently argue against them if they want to push that on others, but I respect that as their individual moral position. On the other hand, I don't have much respect when people pick and choose based on the animal's cuteness (snakeskin or eel skin wallets are okay, or leather tennis shoes are okay, but not coats from the cute furry minks).
     
  19. Moonbear

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    They are very cute! Though, if that article is accurate, they aren't a dog at all. So, the argument that the fur is from dogs doesn't seem to be accurate or apply in this case. It's still an issue if they were selling it as faux fur and it's actually real fur.
     
  20. ShawnD

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    Seems weird doesn't it? How can real fur cost less than fake fur? I have a blanket made of fake fur that feels like mink; 100% cotton o:)
     
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