The Anti-Fur Society (AFS) is beginning this new year, 2016, as one of continued empowerment and growth after ending 2015 with the monumental success of its Anti-Fur Conference and Cruelty Free Fashion Show, held in Manhattan, NY.
The event was crafted with incredible insight and was an experience implemented with skillful care. The attendees were emotionally incorporated into each presentation, they were able to live each experience, they felt the raw emotions that encompassed these brutalized animals and the gut wrenching reality and horrors inflicted on each creature unwillingly killed for their fur. For those few hours the guests became the animal and the messenger. The cruelty free style show was a celebration of life over death and the speakers were empowering and diverse in there activism.
The plans for the 2016 Anti-Fur Conference have already begun, as the AFS continues to work toward the time when fur is no longer acceptable and animals being used as products in entertainment, research sports, food and other egregious industries is passe and recognized as unthinkable horrors.
The AFS is a group of dedicated, committed and caring volunteers working around the world to better the lives of fur-bearing animals. Their efforts are focused on exposing the ruthless and savage underbelly of the fur industry and their delusional facade that fur is glamours and fashionable. Every individual has the right to know exactly how their fur garments and items were created so they can make a educated decision on their choice.The AFS is dedicated to the moral guidelines of humane treatment toward all creatures. With these ethical and honorable standards they stand firm and embolden in their stance, sharing all the facts that form the bloody and heinous foundation of the fur industry.
Statistics show every year at least fifty million fur bearing animals are murdered so humans can arrogantly wear and flaunt their fur. Eighty five percent of these animals come from fur farms where they live miserable lives, their suffering a worldwide atrocity of savage brutality. These animals are bred and born for one purpose, to die and be stripped of their skins, their carcasses discarded or fed to the remaining animals. They leave their cages for the first time to be “harvested” by the fur farmers.
Fur bearing animals are not protected by any laws promoting humane standards for their lives, health, diet or living conditions “They’re killed in horrific ways, such as gassing, bludgeoning, neck-breaking, or anal electrocution. Nursing harp seals are clubbed to death with a hakapik. Underground videos have demonstrated many of these animals struggle in terror to live.
In China, cats and dogs are also raised for their skins. Though illegal to sell or use for fur products, many of their pelts are sold to the USA and marked as faux fur. “These animals are treated with absolutely no respect. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of struggling animals to allow a clean cut. When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a growing pile, some animals are still alive and breathing in ragged gasps with eyes blinking slowly. Some of the animals’ hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned.They are literally skinned alive!”
The remaining fifteen percent of these animals are killed by trappers using various savage and barbarous traps, such as leg hold traps, snares and the conibear trap, which causes an agonizing death as it breaks the neck and strangles the terrified animal. These traps are primitive, painful and illegal to use in most civilized countries. The USA is one of the few places in the world that shamefully allows their use.
Most consumers of fur products are totally unaware of the morbid underbelly of this fur industry, motivating the AFS to began its unrelenting pursuit to expose, ban and prohibit by law the use of any animals skin/ fur as a product, be it garments, toys or other nefarious endeavors.
When Examiner interviewed the creator of AFS, Rosa Close, she stated “The things that I want to be highlighted are the strenuous efforts I’ve put into this activism. I have worked relentlessly 7 days a week for the last 12 years to reach out to the world, starting like a little voice in the desert. Over the years I have surely reached over 100 million people globally. When I started there were virtually no anti-fur groups in the world, now one can see them large and small, emerging everywhere. Whether I had a direct impact on them or not, I will never know and do not want to claim credit for it.”
The AFS conference and style show took a lot of planning and effort. Though the event was held in November 2015, they have just received the videos and photos this January and are now able to share them and the discuss the achievements of this magnanimous day dedicated to the deliverance of fur bearing animals from the merciless fur industry.
The first event was the dynamic and diverse speakers, each with their own personal message complete with photos and literature, they inspired everyone with their impassioned work and cutting edge information.
When the talks were over there was a much welcomed reception featuring an exclusive All Vegan Menu. This was catered by some of Manhattan’s top vegan eateries, VSPOT and Beyond Sishi and Sunneen of Penn, the Vegan cheeses were by Treeline Cheeses & Miyoko’s.
With everyone fed, people were feeling a lot of enthusiasm looking forward to the rest of the day, they weren’t disappointed. The attendees were treated to a beautiful ballet featuring Cynthia King’s dancers. After hours of the intense and powerful presentations, the show added a beautiful and fragile touch to the dynamics of the program
Then the highlight of day began as the AFS presented the guests with the inspirational and energizing Cruelty Free Fashion Show It was attended by reporter and one of the speakers, Jane Velez Mitchell, and singer Robbyne Kaamil, who introduced and shared with everyone, her new pop song and designated AFS Anthem, “Vegan Sexy. ”
As the song played, it was absolutely contagious, everyone was up on their feet and rocking it out. This song set the tone for the whole fashion show, it was electrifying and peoples’ enthusiasm was unconstrained as they became caught up in the positive vibes, anticipating the epic and dazzling array of fashions they were about to see.
The Cruelty Free Fashion Show was curated by award winning fashion designer, John Bartlett, and featured an assortment of cruelty free apparel with styles from chic ensembles to casual dress, all created by vegan designers and worn by vegan models.
Each model proudly strutted down the runway dressed in finery totally free of any animal products. The rousing excitement in the air was tangible, feminine, sexy and glamorous were back and AFS demonstrated it wasn’t wrapped in furs that had been needlessly ripped from animals’ bodies.
The AFS is now looking forward to 2016 as one of empowerment and growth as they continue to expose the unethical and cruel fur industry. New figures released by the International Fur Federation, which represents the interests of 42 national fur trade associations and organizations from 35 countries, claims that the fur trade industry is worth more than 40 billion dollars to the global economy.
Does this discourage AFS from taking on this vapid and nefarious industry, not at all. This motivates Rosa Close, creator of the AFS and only justifies the urgency needed to bring closure to this wicked, morbid, indefensible and unwarranted commerce. Evil can’t remain viable when challenged and confronted by just and decent motives. Money can’t buy a pure soul nor create life, it is held tightly with a closed fist, not a beating heart nor a clear and compassionate conscience, it is powerless against virtue and these truth shall be the fur industry’s demise.
Plan to attend the next AFS conference to be held later this year and be the voice these animals need to redeemed to their rightful place within the loving arms of mother nature.