Commend Fashion School for Discouraging Fur Trade

Target: Designer Donna Salyers and Parsons The New School for Design

Goal: Applaud school and designer for discouraging the fur industry

For every article of clothing that uses animal fur, an animal suffered in a cramped cage and was likely killed in the cheapest way possible: through suffocation, poison, or gas.  This treatment of animals is unacceptable.  Designer Donna Salyers launched a faux-fur contest at Parsons The New School for Design.  This contest will encourage students – the industry’s future designers – to refrain from using furs that come from horrific fur farms.

According to PETA, more than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China. In China, dogs and cats have been hanged and skinned alive for their fur.  Trappers trap the animals in the wild who suffer for days.  These animals bleed, starve, and freeze in the traps.  Many traps are steel-trap and cut the animals to the bone.  Conibear traps crush the animals’ necks with 90 pounds of pressure per square inch. Unfortunately, the fur industry reaches worldwide: for example, in Canada, black bears are shot or trapped.  The bears then suffer for days until they die so that their skin can be used to make the ceremonial hats worn by Queen Elizabeth II’s Five Guards’ Regiments.

Thus, according to the The Humane Society of the United States, Donna Salyer’s  contest will challenge students to create faux fur designs for inclusion in their senior thesis or other major studio project. Also, Fiona Dieffenbacher, director of the BFA Fashion Design program at Parsons said: “At Parsons, it is important for our students to be educated on both sides of every issue.  We seek to graduate design thinkers who are able to establish a personal rationale based on their knowledge of material sources and production practices.”

Sign the petition below to commend Parsons and Donna Salyer for discouraging the fur industry and educating future leading fashion designers about alternatives.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Donna Salyers and Parsons The New School for Design:

Thank you for educating future leading fashion designers about alternatives to the fur industry.  With every article of clothing that uses animal fur, an animal suffered in a cramped cage and was likely killed in the cheapest way possible: with suffocation, poison, or gas.  Your contest will encourage students to use alternatives to animal fur in future fashion designs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Kudos! I wish more companies and people wouldn’t glorify fur and wear it. Way to go!!

  2. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT!
    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable – monsters deserves monsterwork too.

    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE ??

    People need to vote unacting dumb authorities and officials acting irresponsibly for futuregenerations and their wildlife out of occupations NOW AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED MONSTERS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLE SHOULD REALLY KICK THE BUCKET AS SOON AS EVER POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS INFANTILISM AND UNHUMANE WORLDWIDE DISASTERS – ALL OF THAT GREED INFANTILE DESTRUCTIVE KILLERMONSTERS ARE REALLY NEEDLESS!

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