Just a few years ago, the fur industry proclaimed that their flagship, Pappas Furs (located in Vancouver) was turning huge profits. It was discovered this week, however, that after 100 years, Pappas Furs is closing.
While the website for Pappas is citing closure due to retirement, the store is clearly looking to make some fast cash: products are marked down on high-end items as much as 80 per cent.
The fur industry in Canada, which receives millions of dollars in taxpayer money from the federal government, continues to claim their industry is growing and that Canadians want fur. Clearly, this is not the case. With one of the country’s largest and most famous fur houses being shut down and liquidated, it's never been more clear that fur is not seen as acceptable or defensible to the majority of Canadians.
In fact, the vast majority of fur “harvested” in Canada is sent overseas because it is not in demand here, leaving only fur trim as an accessory, something many shoppers don’t even know is actually fur.
While the Pappas family celebrates 100 years in business with the closure, we’re also celebrating. We’re celebrating the end of the barbarism and greed that Pappas represented. We're celebrating what the sinking of an industry flagship means for fur-bearing animals across Canada. We hope you'll celebrate with us!
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