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Going fur free can end suffering of animals like this red fox on a fox and mink farm.

She was reaching for the monkey fur coat when it happened. As New York City fashion designer Kym Canter went into her closet to grab the vintage black fur that had once drawn admiring looks and made her feel chic and sexy, she felt something else entirely: She knew people at the party she was headed...

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by Karen E. Lange

Fur factory farms and trappers kill millions of animals each year using brutal methods just for their fur. With your help, the Humane Society of the United States is fighting back—and winning—with brands, cities and countries moving away from fur. But to make progress, we need you. There are five...

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Red fox peaking through fall foliage

It takes only one person to spark change for animals. Case in point: While attending the Detroit Institute of Arts’ annual fashion fundraiser, HSUS Michigan state council member Cindy Ciura was shocked by the number of ensembles that included animal fur. As models clad in a variety of furs from...

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rows of cages holding many arctic fox at a fur farm in China

WARNING: The following story contains graphic content. Editor's note: In late August, as mink on fur farms in the Netherlands continued to fall sick with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, the Dutch government announced that it would require all mink fur farms to close by March of...

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By Karen E. Lange

More and more brands, designers and retailers are going fur-free. The companies listed below have announced that they don't sell animal fur or are phasing in a fur-free policy. (Please note that leather and shearling are not covered under a fur-free policy.) Refer to our humane shopping guide, but...

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Because animals need their fur coats more than we do.

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WASHINGTON—Disturbing video evidence of extreme animal suffering on multiple fur farms in China has been released by Humane Society International as part of its global campaign to end the fur trade and expose the suffering of animals on fur farms around the world. Every year in the United States...

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WASHINGTON—Disturbing video footage released by Humane Society International reveals the suffering endured by thousands of foxes and raccoon dogs and their painful, prolonged deaths on fur farms in Asia. Footage shows foxes being repeatedly bludgeoned over the head, resulting in catastrophic injury...

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Raccoon dog in a cage at a fur farm

WARNING: The following story contains graphic content. The video is hard to watch: A raccoon dog is clubbed and hung upside down, still conscious, as a seller in a Chinese market yanks off her skin. Then the peeled animal—alive, moving, blinking—is thrown on a pile to die. The subject of a 2005...

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Karen E. Lange

Washington—Italian luxury fashion house Prada Group, and all its brands including Prada, Miu Miu, Church's and Car Shoe, has announced it will no longer use animal fur in its designs or products starting with its Spring/Summer 2020 women’s collection. Humane Society International and the Humane...

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ahead of the G7 meeting this month, governments around the world are being urged to agree to a permanent, global end to fur farming to prevent future pandemic outbreaks like SARS-CoV-2. In the United States, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Humane Society International and the...

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Mink are semi-aquatic mammals similar in appearance to weasels and ferrets.

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Iconic Italian fashion designer Valentino is the latest major fashion house to drop fur from its collections and shut down its fur subsidiary, Valentino Polar. The company’s fur-free policy is part of its efforts to redefine and reinvigorate the brand, which will phase out fur by the end of the year...

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WASHINGTON/SEATTLE—Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today announced the company will stop selling products made using animal fur or exotic animal skin by the end of 2021. The new companywide policy includes Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and Last Chance stores, as well as Nordstrom’s e-commerce sites. The...

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BOSTON—Today, Massachusetts Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, D-Framingham, and Sen. John Velis, D- Westfield, introduced HD 1592 and SD 1029, bills to prohibit the sale of new fur products throughout Massachusetts. Every year, more than 100 million undomesticated animals like foxes, raccoon dogs and mink...

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CINCINNATI—Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M) today announced that it will stop selling fur by the end of fiscal 2020. This includes all Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s private brands, as well as items sold from brand partners. Fur will no longer be sold in Macy’s, Inc. off-price stores, including Macy’s Backstage...

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