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In 2011, alone in the United States, 3,091 mink pelts were manufactured. Just think about the other type animals being harvested for no other reason than that some humans can wrap themselves in a fur coat, ie. a status symbol of wealth. There's no reason at all for this because faux fur is so lovely that even an expert would find it hard to tell the difference without close up inspection. Rabbits, fox, chinchilla, rabbit, bobcat, lynx, and finn raccoon farming takes place through out the U. S. in States such as: Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Wild Furs are traded and include, North American beaver, coyote, ermine, grey fox, red fox, marten,, muskrat, nutria, and opossum. These animals are trapped and suffer greatly. Take this pledge today to never wear fur again and save untold lives. It's the right thing to do!
Tips for Buying Faux Fur:
ANIMAL FUR: The surest sign of animal fur is leather/skin (usually white or tan, but possibly the color of the fur if it has been dyed).
FAKE FUR: The surest sign of fake fur is seeing the thread work backing from which the "hairs" emerge.
ANIMAL FUR: Animal hairs—especially the thicker guard hairs . . .—can often be seen tapering to a point. NOTE: This test can give a false negative for animal fur if the hairs have been sheared or plucked.
FAKE FUR: [There is a] straight across cut [in] fake fur "hair." NOTE: Tapering has not been seen on any fake fur samples to date, but such a process may exist, or come into existence.
The Burn Test (only if you own the coat). Animal hair smells like human hair when burned; fake fur made from acrylic or polyester—the two most commonly used synthetics—does not. Carefully remove just a few hairs and then, holding them with tweezers above a dish or other non-flammable surface, ignite them with a cigarette lighter. Make sure to burn them away from the original garment and anything else flammable. Never conduct the burn test on hairs still attached to the jacket. The burn test should only be conducted by adults.
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