Commend Fashion School for Discouraging Fur Trade

Target: Designer Donna Salyers and Parsons The New School for Design

Goal: Applaud school and designer for discouraging the fur industry

For every article of clothing that uses animal fur, an animal suffered in a cramped cage and was likely killed in the cheapest way possible: through suffocation, poison, or gas.  This treatment of animals is unacceptable.  Designer Donna Salyers launched a faux-fur contest at Parsons The New School for Design.  This contest will encourage students – the industry’s future designers – to refrain from using furs that come from horrific fur farms.

According to PETA, more than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China. In China, dogs and cats have been hanged and skinned alive for their fur.  Trappers trap the animals in the wild who suffer for days.  These animals bleed, starve, and freeze in the traps.  Many traps are steel-trap and cut the animals to the bone.  Conibear traps crush the animals’ necks with 90 pounds of pressure per square inch. Unfortunately, the fur industry reaches worldwide: for example, in Canada, black bears are shot or trapped.  The bears then suffer for days until they die so that their skin can be used to make the ceremonial hats worn by Queen Elizabeth II’s Five Guards’ Regiments.

Thus, according to the The Humane Society of the United States, Donna Salyer’s  contest will challenge students to create faux fur designs for inclusion in their senior thesis or other major studio project. Also, Fiona Dieffenbacher, director of the BFA Fashion Design program at Parsons said: “At Parsons, it is important for our students to be educated on both sides of every issue.  We seek to graduate design thinkers who are able to establish a personal rationale based on their knowledge of material sources and production practices.”

Sign the petition below to commend Parsons and Donna Salyer for discouraging the fur industry and educating future leading fashion designers about alternatives.


Dear Donna Salyers and Parsons The New School for Design:

Thank you for educating future leading fashion designers about alternatives to the fur industry.  With every article of clothing that uses animal fur, an animal suffered in a cramped cage and was likely killed in the cheapest way possible: with suffocation, poison, or gas.  Your contest will encourage students to use alternatives to animal fur in future fashion designs.


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  1. As much of the faux fur is in fact genuine fur from China trying to find a market I fail to see that the New York School of Design is to be applauded.

  2. dianna tolmay says:

    Wonder how these people sleep at night when they so cruel to cats and dogs by skinning them alive or throwing them in boiling water to cook and eat. Taiwan, China,it is 2013 not centuries ago. Hope you people seriously wake up stop cruelty to these animals.

    • It isn’t just China, it also mentions about black bears being shot and trapped in Canada to make hats worn by the likes of the Queen etc..
      All practices are disgusting and cruelty should be banned worldwide!

  3. Corinne Müller says:

    Add to this list Republics of the former Soviet Union.
    They wear fur and eat foie gras to show that they live in the lap of luxury.
    Some of them are like Zombi, you cannot talk to them, they would never listen to you, because they do not have any morale norms or ethics. They never heard of animal protection or welfare. You have the feeling that you are in a hospital for mentally ill!

  4. Irena Franchi says:

    Fur belongs to animals, not to humans.


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