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Do you want a mink coat? Or a seal coat which Prada, Gucci and Versace sell? Or a monkey fur garment offered by Salvatore Ferragamo? (Yes, you read that right.) Go to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army and you'll find them next to the King Kong and Big Foot Halloween costumes.

Once upon a time, wearing fur meant you had money (or at least the man who bought you the coat did). But today fur is archaic and is seldom seen in Chicago, other parts of the US and a lot of Europe, except on people over 70. One woman I interviewed says she was refused service in a restaurant for wearing a fur, albeit an edgy restaurant populated by young people.

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Yet, like ivory products, someone is buying fur because the bloody industry continues!

Designers including the recently deceased Oscar de la Renta still revel in fur and fashion magazines still pimp it. Vogue editor Anna Wintour is unwavering in her love of skinned animal fashion despite receiving a pie in the face at the Chanel couture show in Paris in 2005 by animal lovers.

Wintour was also served" a raccoon on her plate during a luncheon at the Four Seasons restaurant in 1996. "I threw the raccoon and it landed right on her plate," said the "server" who said she had found the carcass frozen in a trash heap outside a fur farm. "Its little beady eyes were staring up at her. She looked very shocked." The following year, bloody paws were painted on the steps of her West Village townhouse.

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If anything, the incidents cemented Wintour's fur love. A 2009 Vogue, timed with a documentary about Wintour, advertised furs by Dior, Fendi, Nina Ricci, Marc Jacobs, Emilio Pucci, Vuitton, Chris Benz and Dolce & Gabbana, Bally, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta and monkey fur loving Salvatore Ferragamo. Purses by Donna Karan, YSL and Michael Kors made of that humane and ecological material, python were also in the issue. Are you patronizing these designers?

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)

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