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November Fur-related Events

Hey folks. Just wanted to let you know about some great things going on this month. First, two official Let Live events. Then Fur Free Friday. Please skim through this lengthy post and see if any of this suits your fancy.
Hey folks. Just wanted to let you know about some great things going on this month. First, two official Let Live events. Then Fur Free Friday. Please skim through this lengthy post and see if any of this suits your fancy.

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The Let Live Series Presents How to Discuss the Fur Industry with Shannon Keith on November 15, 2009, at 1p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott Street in Portland, Oregon. ADMISSION IS FREE.

As the chill of winter descends across the United States, many will set their sights on the perfect winter coat: thick and fitted with a nice German Shepherd trim. Sound ridiculous? Unfortunately, it is not as far-fetched as it seems. Often purposely mislabeled by manufacturers as "faux fur," dog and cat fur products are common in today's marketplace despite being banned in 2000 after undercover video from Swiss Animal Protection, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and the Humane Society International exposed dogs and cats being disemboweled, skinned alive and hung still screaming from metal wire.

Such deceptive practices are common use in the fur industry, which kills more than 3 million animals in the United States alone. Despite a steep decline in demand in the 1980s and 1990s, fur has recently made a dramatic resurgence due to fashion campaign tactics toting fur as "green" and promises by manufacturers that the fur was obtained using "ethical fur sourcing." This talk will focus on what these terms really mean and give you the tools you need to discuss the facts about fur knowledgeably and persuasively.

Shannon Keith is an animal activist and the driving force behind Uncaged Films and Animal Rescue Media and Education (ARME), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds educational documentaries that expose the truth behind animal abuse and exploitation. Keith's next project, "Skin Trade", will explore the fur industry's latest attempts to mask their long-established practices using undercover footage, celebrity, designer and furrier interviews.

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Please join us for an exclusive sneak peek at Skin Trade on Monday, November 16, 2009, at 7:00p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 SE Sandy Blvd in Portland, Oregon. Director Shannon Keith will be on-hand for questions and welcomes your feedback for the final edit of the film. Suggested donation of $3 appreciated and encouraged. Donations of $20 or more receive a copy of Behind the Mask!

Despite increased awareness of consumers regarding fur farms and how fur products are made, fur is making a dramatic comeback on catwalks and fashion magazines worldwide. This is due in large part to the fur industry's recent tactics to promote fur as a "green" product and assurances that fur was harvested using "humane" techniques.

Such campaigns give consumers the excuse they need to turn a blind eye. But the fur industry's deceptive tactics expand far beyond the ignorant willing to include consumers who believe they are purchasing cruelty-free "faux fur" that is actually mislabeled dog and cat fur. In an industry concerned with profits over welfare, can we really afford to be an uneducated consumer?

Skin Trade exposes the truth behind the fur industry's claims utilizing undercover footage, celebrity, designer and furrier interviews and takes you on an emotional journey that is sure to touch your heart and make you think twice about that faux fur collar. It is the second educational documentary from Uncaged Films and Animal Rescue Media and Education (ARME), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that uses media to expose animal abuse and exploitation. Uncaged Films' first production, "Behind the Mask," took an intimate look at the Animal Liberation Front and the government's attempts to thwart animal liberation.

Sponsored by the The Let Live Foundation (LLF). LLF is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting animal rights activism and education in Portland, Oregon.

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And here's something important from In Defense of Animals about this year's Fur Free Friday:

"Join IDA on Fur Free Friday, November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving, for an march in downtown Portland past all the locations that continue to sell fur. This peaceful, family-friendly march has historically been the largest annual animal rights demonstration in the area, where activists take over the streets of downtown to share a message of compassion about fur-bearing animals.

What: Fur Free Friday March
When: Friday, November, 27; meet at 11 a.m. (march leaves at 11:30 a.m.)
Where: Corner of SW Yamhill and Broadway (in front of Nordstroms)

This year more than ever, we need your help to make it a success. The city of Portland has changed their policy on police-escorted street closures for free speech events, and we must have at least 200 participants this year in order to do our traditional march in the street. If we can't get 200 people out for Fur Free Friday, our march will have to proceed on the sidewalks, which may complicate the event and compromise our impact.

For at least the past decade the Portland animal rights community has taken over the streets of downtown Portland to raise our voices in unison with activists all over the country and world on Fur Free Friday. Please, do everything you can to join us and spread the word to get more people involved. We need to rally at least 200 people to make this year's street march happen. Signs, banners and literature will be provided, just bring people! If you have any questions or to comfirm your attendance, contact  matt@idausa.org."
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Thanks for reading and caring and all your support. Hope to see you soon.

Thanks,
Let Live

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Let Live Foundation
www.letlivefoundation.org

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"Skin Trade" Cancelled 14.Nov.2009 21:23

Let Live Foundation

Due to a family emergency, we are unable to screen "Skin Trade" as planned. In it's place, we will be showing the new documentary from Mercy for Animals, "Fowl Play." Sorry for any inconvenience.

 http://fowlplaymovie.com/