Is fur losing its popularity?
This show features PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk to speak about fur. Lori once again has the pleasure of speaking with one of the most important and visionary figures in the animal rights movement, and Ingrid begins by recalling the early days of PETA’s opposition to fur as a product.
They go on to discuss the I’d Rather Go Naked campaign, the Los Angeles fur ban, how the fashion industry has largely turned away from fur, and many other milestones along the road to ending the use of fur.
Ingrid states a tipping point was reached when Diane Von Furstenberg and Chanel agreed not only to reject fur but all exotic skins as well.
How can you tell if fur is real or fake?
After Ingrid signs off, Lori extends one of her points by providing detailed instructions and tips on how consumers can tell if the fur on a product, such as trim on a garment, is from an animal or is synthetic.
This is a good skill to possess because many consumer products purporting to contain imitation fur still deceptively utilize real fur, which is often cheaper.
With raccoon dogs being skinned alive and sold as faux fur on jackets, consumers and retailers need to check fur-trimmed products to ensure the material is really fake. Here are three tests that you can do to help identify questionable fur as real or fake. If you are ever in doubt, don’t buy it. Other testing methods and indicators not on this list—including the push pin test, the blow test, the finger roll test, the color of the fur, the length of the fur, and the relative softness of the fur— should not be relied upon. This guide is not intended as a substitute for professional testing by experts in order to comply with applicable laws or for other reasons. Learn more at www.humanesociety.org/furfree.
What is special about whales?
The Maui Whale Festival occurs each February, so we conclude this show by speaking about whales and dolphins. The order cetacean contains around 90 species, broken down into toothed and baleen whales, and Lori explains the classification of these sea mammals. Plus, Lori springs a pop quiz on Peter – can you do better than him? Probably!