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  • Karen Loveless
    ** I think the poll is now closed but you can see the video that aired this morning. ** ... From: DawnWatch [mailto:news@dawnwatch.com] Sent: Tuesday, March
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      ** I think the poll is now closed but you can see the video that aired this morning. **

       

       

      ----Original Message-----
      From: DawnWatch [mailto:news@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:48 PM
      To: lovele_k@...
      Subject: DawnWatch: Today Show poll and story on dog fur -- 3/13/07

       

      NBC Today Show's  question of the day is:  Would you wear a coat made of doggie fur? 

       

      -- Yes, if the dog was raised for its fur. 

      --- No, are you crazy? Pooches are pets.

       --  Of course not, we shouldn't wear any fur.

       

      As I send this out, the majority of people have chosen the second option, though there is a strong showing for the third. Please go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633/today  (Tuesday) and vote against any fur as fashion.  

       

      There is a link, under the survey, to the terrific coverage The Today Show gave the issue this morning, Tuesday March 13. It covered the report of trim on coats that was labeled as faux when it was real fur, or labeled as legal fur, when it was that of a dog -- illegal to sell in the USA.

       

      While animal advocates may be saddened by the suggestion that the suffering of domestic dogs matters more than that of other animals, domestic dogs get press that other animals don't, so focusing on them seems to be an effective way to tackle the larger issue.

       

      The Today Show aired video from China of dogs who are clearly domestic breeds, being raised for their fur. It also aired video of raccoon dogs, while reporters discussed whether they are actually dogs or not. The story included upsetting shots of the animals in tiny cages. The HSUS representative then described their deaths: they are slammed to the ground and then skinned alive. The story therefore shared the ugly side of fur, regardless of the type of animal being used. That kind of coverage must take a toll on fur's glamorous image.

       

      Stations take their feedback seriously. Positive feedback for animal friendly coverage encourages more of it. So after you vote in the poll, please send a big thank you to The Today Show for the terrific piece, which you can view on line at  http://tinyurl.com/2p63aa

      The Today Show takes comments at Today@...

       

      My thanks to Tracie Russell and Marilyn Jasper for making sure we knew about the piece.

       

      Yours and the animals',

      Karen Dawn

       

      (DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at http://www.DawnWatch.com. You may forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts if you do so unedited -- leave DawnWatch in the title and include this parenthesized tag line. If somebody forwards DawnWatch alerts to you, which you enjoy, please help the list grow by signing up. It is free.)

       

       

       

       

       

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