[fur] – really people?

First thing’s first:

Happy Full Moon!

As many of you already know, I am very sensitive with matters concerning animals. Be it killing them for fashion, animal testing, poaching, or endless [as it seems] acts of cruelty towards innocent beings …including eating them [a rather late revelation for me].
Following the “Animal Testing” artwork, this is the second of the series and it’s about FUR.

Killing animals for their fur is an issue that doesn’t need an introduction by me. Luckily today there is no reason to be cruel to get warm or look good. Cruelty-free fabrics and faux furs are available in many stores. So no excuse really for the suffering of so many animals for our vanity.

Instead of showing any kind [and there are many] of gruesome videos of the tortures these animals go through for us to ‘enjoy’ a fur coat, here are a few photos of animals used by the fur industry.

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 By clicking on the images you’ll be directed to their sources

For more information about the cruel fur industry, please visit the Humane Society here: [http://www.hsi.org.au/go/to/68/fur-trade-the-real-victims-of-fashion.html#.U5rXRC8xlkg] or Peta here: [http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/fur/]

You may check out Peta’s Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing here.

My model for this sketch was the mink [can take up to 60 minks for a fur coat!]

Here it is:

[Fur] – Really People?

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As with most of my work, this too is available at my art shop here


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…and on various items like phone and laptop cases & skins, t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, shower curtains, rugs, pillows, v-neck tees, onesies, wall clocks, cards etc

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  1. Reblogged this on FUR OUT THE CLOSET: and commented:
    Thank you, Marina, for such creative anti-fur designs. It is so important to raise awareness about the abhorrent fur trade. T-shirts carry the message with us!

  2. I could really identify with that poor cat, because the same thing happened to me once:

    I was at an art gallery, and I spotted a “Kanavaki” displayed prominently at the far end of the display space. I hurried across miles of plush carpet, and finally arrived at the painting. I reached out to touch it reverently, and received a massive electrical shock, which stood my hair on end!!

    People tried to tell me it was because I’d built up a huge charge of static electricity by walking across the carpet, but I said: Nope, nope, nope, that’s not the reason– it’s because Marina’s paintings are so exquisite, they always deliver a tremendous jolt!!

    That’s been my experience, anyway… : )

    • Ah, so I see you visited the MoMA!!! I have asked them to place an antistatic cubicle for people to go in before viewing my paintings! Duh, they’re so lazy in there! 😆
      Thank you, my dear friend. I sincerely hope no being would ever have to look like that! 🙂

  3. I miss your lovely creations Marina. I especially like this as it tackles a very important issue that needs to be addressed. It’s good to be back. Fascinating images as always. I’m thinking of buying an item from your shop. 🙂

  4. Thanks for this wonderful post, Marina, to bring awareness. I don’t understand why people would want to wear fur, either, but you’re right about faux fur options being available. So there really is no excuse. Cruelty to animals is beyond heartbreaking. Your design is great and a perfect attention grabber, too. Sending hugs and much love for a wonderful weekend!

    • I’m so glad you agree with this, my dear Lauren. I can’t understand it either and I do try [in my nature!].
      Many hugs and love sent your way and a beautiful [Summer Solsttice] weekend to you too! 🙂 xx

  5. Marina, my mum said to me when I was a teenager that if I ever came home with a fur of any animal I will be banded from home – and I totally agree with her – have a friend with two beautiful mink coats and I struggle to walk beside her – but it’s her choice, but as grandma said, if we was meant to have fur, we would have been born with it.
    The thing is that they don’t have the fur for keeping warm, just to show off …. love the work you have done here.
    I will tell you a story about my mum. Many years ago a new TV channel started up in Sweden – and the man behind it is anti fur – but in one of his TV vignette – he had some fast shots of model in fur coats, so mum wrote to him and a couple of days later the vignette was gone and she got a personal letter from him where he apologized – he hadn’t notice the clip with the models.

    • I knew you had a wonderful mom from many things you’ve said in the past about her and mainly because of the daughter she has raised, so this comes as no surprise! Thank you for sharing the story!
      Yes, it really makes no sense in killing animals just for vanity. A mink coat takes up to 60 mink to make – where’s the logic in this?!!!
      I’m so glad you like this work! 🙂

      • Marina, we get our values in life from our parents – my mum had great values and she was very straight forward.
        She wasn’t afraid to confront somebody if she thought they were doing something wrong especially animals.
        She was angry on her neighbors once over how they treated their cat and told them – “Remember I love animals more than people”
        One of my friend’s fur coats is down to the ankles and she has maybe used it in total 10 times. It makes me so upset – have told her about my stands, but she doesn’t see it like she as killed any minks. Very ignorant.

  6. Cats too??? Love your startled cat design Marina. It is attention grabbing and I hope manages to impress even the most hard hearted.

  7. Thank you Marina for reminding us and for your empathy toward those beings that share our planet. With all of the atrocities humans inflict on other humans daily it’s too easy to forget, or never be aware, of the mindless and soulless cruelty humans also inflict on animals. We need more voices and hearts like yours to help us evolve away from this barbarism…

    • My dear John, thank you so much. I realize I may sound monotonous on matters concerning animals but I can’t bare the thought that so many innocent beings are treated this way. Maybe one day this ‘intelligent’ specie will start using the brain more creatively and towards goodness.

  8. Dear Marina, you know I abhor animal testing, and why any one would want to wear an animal fur is beyond me… I am too squeamish to go seek the abhorrent methods used in this trade Marina, But I whole hearted appreciate your art and your work in bringing awareness to help our animal Kingdom….

    Much love dear Marina.. I hope you enjoy your week… xxx Love and thank you for being YOU.. Sue

    • I know exactly what you mean… [I occasionally faint at the sight of blood!], but I honestly had to see to believe and still can’t seem to be able to cope with the fact that ‘human beings’ do such acts. Thank you , Sue for supporting these causes with your heart.
      A beautiful new week to you [not too much kneeling on the allotments!]
      much love and hugs 🙂 xxxx

      • Big smiles here. As I answer via my mobile 🙂 no hubby is over at the allotments as I speak. Me I’m just getting out my paint today. So it will only be the wrist action in over-drive today Lol.
        You too enjoy Tuesday xxx Hugs Sue x

  9. The only “furs” here in our home, are firmly planted on all fours and meow all the time to attract attention!
    I also pledge to buy shoes and accessories made of synthetic leather, but I still have old shoes and keep them with care…
    Have a lovely week :-)c

    • Yes, exactly how I like ‘my furs’… alive!!!! For the past few years I’ve been trying to make a vegan update to my closet, but it’s not very easy with a financial crisis.
      You too have a lovely week!
      [Did you receive my mail?]
      hugs xxxxx

  10. A horrible time for me was when our current government brought back the Harp Seal pup hunt. It had been banned, but Prime Minister Harper made it legal again.
    Hopefully our Justin Trudeau will win the next election, and helps us.

    • I read about that… So sad. Doesn’t make sense. One thing I have always wondered is, okay, you have greedy people who want to make money [and don’t give a dime how], but, what kind of people actually grab a harpoon or whatever else and actually strike on the head these creatures – again and again…

      • I know, it’s harsh. The pup seals are as adorable, and as helpless and as harmless as kittens.
        Brings tears to my eyes!
        I hope we can get it banned again!

  11. The character in your artwork portrays the hair raising issue of animal cruelty.
    I’ve never been in favor of fur anything or leather anything.
    Let’s all wear and use bamboo to create our fashion.
    I am with you, Marina, it makes my hair stand straight up to think that in this day and age we still resort to such barbaric behavior.

    • I so agree with you, Isadora. I remember being at school and protesting about fur [back in the 80’s!] and to see that this industry after all these years still thrives is really disheartening… btw I love bamboo I don’t think there’s anything softer than that [not to mention healthier!] 🙂 xx

  12. Thankfully fur is not much in vogue around here. Perhaps its the warm climate but its everyone’s responsibility to spread awareness. Regards.

    • Ah yes, true! It still amazes me how people [mainly women that is] would still wish to have other animals skins and furs on them when there are so many other fabrics equally if not more beautiful! 🙂 Thank you, dear Dilip!

  13. Very nice work Marina. I got one for you, where the idea from this design hit me. It looks like a bulls eye in the first image, so for leather, use a Holstein cow or any other pinto like patterned animal with a bulls eye in the design.

    • That’s a great idea, Donna!!! All of them are pretty much done but I think I’m already rethinking! 😉 I wanted to use the cow for the dairy industry but…. these animals suffer for their skin too. Hmmm……. Thank you, my dear! Have a beautiful weekend! 🙂

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