Save Gaia; Wear Fur

The Australian’s Janet Albrechtsen travels to Canada, and discovers that according to the Fur Council of Canada’s new ad campaign, fur is now eco-fashion.

Janet explains: “At the weekend, Canada’s National Post reported on an advertising campaign launched at the end of last year by the Fur Council of Canada, which represents 70,000 of the nation’s fur traders. These sassy new ads feature gorgeous women draped in fur, one under the heading “Environmental activist”.

The ads explain that buying a fur coat is the ecologically correct thing to do because fox stoles and mink coats are natural, renewable and sustainable. By contrast, synthetic furs are no more than by-products of the petro-chemical industry. Making a single faux fur coat can chew up 19 litres of petroleum, a non-renewable resource, says the council. Ergo, buying a fur coat is good for the planet.

“Welcome to the brave new world of climate change politics. The Fur Council’s campaign has been so successful that even comedians are sending out the “fur is green” message. Picked up by a Canadian comedy show, a camp-looking guy who resembles Borat in a fur coat gets off some great lines assuring us that a genuine fur coat creates less pollution than synthetic textiles and uses no child labour. “So say auf Wiedersehen to faux fur,” he smiles into the camera. “You wouldn’t wear a barrel of oil, so why would you wear a coat that is made from one?”

“You can find it on YouTube. And if you’re worried about being sprayed with paint by those nasty PETA people, funny fur boy has some advice: “Well, you just turn around and tell them that every spray can produces enough fluorocarbons to drown three polar bears. Who’s the killer now, PETA?” Fur boy’s advice if you want to do something good for the environment: “Kill a small animal and slap it on your noggin.”

UPDATE: 10,000 Free “Carbon Credits” to the first person who finds that YouTube video for me.


19 Responses to “Save Gaia; Wear Fur”

  1. tizona Says:

    Well damn, you mean I can purchase a drowned polar bear coat?

    By any chance, would you know if they make, blazers? Now THAT would be handsome.

    Keep spraying, people.

  2. Rebecca H Says:

    Interesting take on fur, and a tremendously good put-down of PETA.

    I love the look and feel of real fur coats, but I’d never own one, even if I could afford it. You have to have them specially cleaned, which costs a fortune, and in summer, you have to store them in climate-control storage to keep the hair from falling out. Besides the fact that nobody looks good in a fur coat unless they’re at least six feet tall and weigh, oh, around a hundred pounds.

  3. spot_the_dog Says:

    We don’t really have much call for fur coats here in Western Australia, Rebecca. Wouldn’t mind a polar bear rug, but.

    Come to think of it, I do have a kangaroo skin rug out in the laundry, which the dogs sleep on in winter (such as it is here).

    I reckon I get a few Green Cred points for that.

  4. Ash Says:

    Hey Spot, if our favourite PETA-ite Julien ever visits my house, please attend his funeral because he may well have a stroke. All the skins I’ve got around the place will greatly displease the poor boy.

    I’ve got cow skins, kangaroo skins, a stuffed weasel (don’t ask, please, don’t ask!), and a stuffed dog. Julien would have a turn for the worse if he saw all this cool stuff.

  5. Angus Dei Says:

    Sayeth Lady Rebecca:

    “Besides the fact that nobody looks good in a fur coat unless they’re at least six feet tall and weigh, oh, around a hundred pounds.”

    Now, that’s funny!

    I’m 6’2″ and my fighting weight is 190 (I’m currently, uh, a bit over that right now), but I’ve always wanted a mens coyote fur coat. They look bad ass under a white winter felt Resistol cowboy hat.

    BTW: I thought I broke the blog when I posted my last comment and the template totally changed. Jesus H. Christ in a chicken basket, Tizona, the least you could do is fucking WARN a guy. LOL!

  6. Ash Says:

    Oh yeah, about that…

    Hey, Angus? We’re messing with the template again.

  7. tizona Says:

    Oh, ummm Angus…We may change the template….Oh wait….LOL

  8. spot_the_dog Says:

    Hey, not bad, this format. Heaps more roomier. 🙂

  9. tizona Says:

    Yes…We are growing at such a rapid clip…We had to get a larger building, Spot.

  10. spot_the_dog Says:

    (warning: don’t put stuff in pointy brackets; it disappears.)

  11. Julien Says:

    SO much ignorance “environment” advise from the fur council what next nutritional advise from the MLA….

    Fur is not “good for the environment” their are better ways to keep warm like hemp OR polar fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles) Fur is also sickenly cruel to produce….

    Oh Ash you haven’t been able to explain to me why it’s OK to commit animal cruelty just to satisfy a taste bud? Their are many do co movies on the subject you can view them on YOU TUBE :


    “EARTHLINGS” (this also covers the fur trade)

    OR (again YOU TUBE)

    type “factory farm cruelty” OR” Slaughterhouse cruelty”

    If you dont think it’s immoral to exploit animals for food clothing etc you’ll have no problems viewing these films correct Ash?

    As I’ve said in the past Ash these days theirs a vegan substitute for all most any product you can imagine from Tim Tams to caviar (made from seaweed) better still these products often taste as good OR better than the “normal” products they replace. Why eat cruelty Ash? Oh Ash a couple quotes for you:.



  12. Julien Says:

    To Ash,

    Death threats over the internet, loser. Very childish and imature to,You no what in my humble opinion young immature people should’nt be having children far greater chance of ending up as single mothers why wont people think of the children?

    And I do’nt work for Peta their not the only ones in the AR business not that I’m involved in any of it.

  13. spot_the_dog Says:

    Julien: You’re perfectly welcome to have your say here, but try to drain some of your bile before doing so. That last comment of yours was just inappropriate. ¿usted entiende?

  14. JULIEN Says:

    I apologise to Ash and fellow bloggers. I misinterpreted what Ash wrote she wasn’t wishing death on me instead I think she meant to say I would die of shock from all the leather etc in her home. These things happen she also misinterpreted what I wrote once and she went mental! (on the Andrew Bolt Blog)

    Again I apologise , I do get carries away some times!

    Oh Ash the sight of leather etc doesn’t bother me the footage I recommend does!

  15. Lola Says:

    It’s ridiculous! If we wore fur coats every day of our lives, perhaps they’d have an argument there. But we don’t, we still have to wear other materials on a day-to-day basis. However, pelts still get treated with toxic chemicals, so in that sense their ‘go green’ message falls a bit flat.

    Seeing how fur is obtained makes me want to vomit. If you don’t believe me, bring yourself to watch this:

    (The hyperlink doesn’t seem to be working so please copy and paste into your browser.)

  16. bingbing Says:

    Lola. Like steak? Then visit an abattoir. Not exactly pretty but the end result is yum yum.

    Hmm, steak, guess not. Enjoy your tofu. You’re welcome to it. You can even have my share.

  17. Ash Says:

    Lola, I wear fur and leather every day, and I look tremendously sexy!

    You’re just jealous.

  18. !!!D= Says:

    Ash, i hope you’re being sarcastic and everything!! D:

  19. !!!D= Says:

    What the hell is “Gaia”, anyway? ._.

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