Pappas Furs, a long-time Vancouver furrier, has closed. Opened 100 years ago, it stood as an “icon” for the fur trade and Canada’s rugged past. Fortunately, that rugged past is just that: past.
A recent article in The Vancouver Sun outlines the storied history of Pappas Fur during its final days. The “growth” of the industry was outlined and highlighted by the Fur Council of Canada’s Alan Herscovici.
“Anti-fur sentiment may be strong, but fur sales are stronger by multiple measures,” reporter Jenny Lee wrote. Which is kind of ironic, since the story is about the store closing – and not being sold to someone looking to get rich.
The value of pelts was also shown as an example of the strength of the industry, comparing historic numbers to those of recent auctions. Granted, the article skipped over the plummeting values in Denmark and Asia and that when you factor for inflation, the pelt value is actually at all-time lows.
We can honour the past of our country without perpetuating the cruelty of the fur trade. Pappas and many other furriers once had their reign, and now it has ended. Fur-ever.