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    ... Subject: [voicesforRahkim] Fw: It s Fur Without Fear on New York Fashion Runways Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2005 00:53:50 -0500 ... Sent: Wednesday, February 09,
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      Subject: It's Fur Without Fear on New York Fashion Runways

      Source/Letters: Reuters
      Link: http://www.nytimes....com/reuters/arts/entertainment-life-fur.html

      It's Fur Without Fear on New York
      Fashion Runways

      By REUTERS

      Published: February 7, 2005

      Filed at 12:56 p.m. ET

      NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fur is back and prominently displayed by top
      designers this week on New York's fashion runways, with nary a peep of
      Not so long ago, a woman in fur might fear a hail of insults and a pail
      of paint getting lobbed her way, while the designer would face a pelting
      of tomatoes. But clever marketing, hip-hop culture and the perpetual
      lure of luxury are bringing fur out of the closet, experts say.
      Sales are up and the average age of buyers is down.
      U.S. sales among traditional fur retailers hit a record $1.8 billion in
      the 2003 season, a 7.5 percent increase over the previous year,
      according to the Fur Information Council of America. Ten years ago, fur
      sales were about $1....1 billion.
      More than half the customers are under age 44, the council said.
      Innovations making fur more versatile -- it's often sheared, dyed or
      knitted -- have been key, said Keith Kaplan, the council's executive
      ``Designers have discovered the creativity and adaptability of fur,'' he
      said. ``It can be used now as any other fabric.''
      A recent survey by Women's Wear Daily showed three-quarters of 200
      high-end specialty stores carry fur, and most of the remaining stores
      planned to add it.
      Buying fur like never before are men and younger consumers, particularly
      in the hip-hop world, experts say.
      ``People are taking 'bling' to the next level,'' said fashion analyst
      Irma Zandl. ``It's one thing to throw red paint on (Vogue editor) Anna
      Wintour, and quite another to throw it on P Diddy and J Lo.''
      Anti-fur activists insist the battle is far from over.
      A move by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to stage its own
      fashion shows in New York rather than disrupt others shows how the
      anti-fur perspective has been accepted by the mainstream, said
      spokeswoman Lisa Franzetta....
      Dyeing, shearing and knitting fur are attempts by the industry to
      distance itself from its product, she said.
      ``A lot of the real fur we're seeing these days is being styled so that
      it looks fake,'' she said. ``It's a very deliberate attempt on behalf of
      the fur industry to disassociate the fur from the animal.''
      More than two years have passed since PETA grabbed headlines with a
      protest at a Victoria's Secret show. This week, it plans a protest at
      the show of fur designer J. Mendel.
      It also unveiled an ad campaign on Monday with former basketball star
      Dennis Rodman, featuring the heavily tattooed celebrity posing naked,
      with the slogan ``Think Ink, Not Mink.''
      Fur's role as a status symbol is hard to shake, and its absence may have
      made the heart grow fonder, said Ben Gomes of fashion and trend
      information company OPR.
      ``Tell me I can't have something, and I want it,'' he said.
      Observers also say other issues such as war may have overshadowed
      concern over animal rights in recent years.
      Marketing fur to women, like the successful ``right hand diamond''
      campaign, may account for a surge in popularity as women spend their own
      money on luxury items, said Paco Underhill, head of market research
      company Envirosell.
      ``If a guy can spend it on hunting and fishing equipment, why can't you
      spend it on fur? Why should your expenditure be any less politically
      correct than his?'' Underhill asked.
      Designers showing this week who use fur include fashion fixtures such as
      Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta as well as young
      designer Alice Roi, who will be using fur in a collection for the first
      Nearly 400 designers worldwide use fur in some form in their
      collections, compared with 42 a decade ago, said Kaplan.
      Copyright 2005 Reuters Ltd.
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      Dear Human,
      Why do you think that you are superior to me?
      Is it because you can "talk"?
      I just speak a different language from yours.
      Please don't mistreat me.
      Your ignorance is not my fault.
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