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Breaking Barcode Shopping Myths

Animals  (tags: Barcodes, Animal Welfare, Animal Cruelty, Fur Trade, China, Cruelty Free, Shopping, Humane Society, Federal Trading Commission, False Information, Social Network Sites, Deceptive Marketing, Animal Trade, Humane Product Alternatives )

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Product labels and barcodes are often misleading to consumers. This puts animals across the world at risk and shoppers in a quandary when attempting to purchase goods.


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tracey p (81)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:13 am
Thanks. Really interesting.

. (1)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:27 am
Noted. Thank you Deb.

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:27 am
Thank you for alerting us, Deb.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:31 am
One of the issues left unmentioned by this article is that the chief risk to animals is consumerism itself. There are simply too many people shopping way too much. The truth, however, is that anger is an energy. Peer pressure can be positive. We need to confront our friends and neighbors and ask, "How many coats do you really need? How many shoes?" Shaming people is a legitimate technique for conscious-raising and for changing destructive behaviors. People who self-identify as consumers need to be challenged. No one has the fundamental right to "shop til they drop." Thanks for the article. Noted. I was shocked when I first found out that so much of the "faux" fur is actually "Murmanksy" fur harvested from racoon dogs, which truthfully I had never heard of before last week. If we care really care about this issue, we need to OCCUPY stores that sell faux fur, picket them, and make the general public aware that faux fur is actually FRAUD FUR. Most people just don't know. It is worth any extra cost to have the peace of mind that comes with buying a product labeled "cruelty-free." We also have to remember the workers who make our clothes. Let's be sure that these clothes are organic, fair trade, and made in safe, clean work environments. I agree with the idea that we should buy clothing made from renewable plant sources, such as hemp and other sustainably grown crops. Most importantly, however, is we really do need to make sensible choices to purchase items with the most utility in our lives and then...STOP SHOPPING. Consumerism is killing the only planet we have.

Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:32 am
thanks for the information

Lisa N (202)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:40 am
Good information here, thanks Deb.

Constance F (418)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 10:23 am
First let me thank you for the note about the White House petitions. I think it's important people participate, even if they upped the sig count, at least it's a way to tell this adminstration our concerns and what we want changed - whether they listen or not - I know I like to keep shouting. Most petitons already signed in newsletter, but missed a couple so thank you again for complete thouroughness. Very good article, and very disturbing that consumers have to go into detective mode to get the truth. With that said, knowledge is power to effect, and I am very grateful to newsletters like yours, to all sites that get this information out!

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 10:29 am
Online initiatives done, thanks Deb. We as a society need to be mindful of what we purchase so as to not be enabling animal" things made in dollar store purchases cost less for us humans but come at a horrible price for our animal friends...they pay with their lives and suffer immensely before death takes them.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 12:47 pm
thank you for the info! noted

Kenny V (173)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 12:51 pm
Planning ahead and researching before consuming ANYTHING is important in not harming sentient life.A dollar is about as good as a gun when buying products without being aware of a companies goals, actions ,ethics,contents and shareholders. No label can cover the truth with manipulated wordplay and flat out lies when it is directly addressed. No satisfying answer, no sale. An animals life was probably just saved.

To those in a Wallmart kind of run town, it may not seem convenient at first, but it does become 2nd nature. When we are aware who and what we are supporting through consuming entirely,it feels pretty nice not to give to those actions we're against..We aren't ignorant hypocrites, these corporations are.It's good not to be their victim.

Really great informative article, loved how you mentioned not only the problem, but the solution. Thanks for sharing!!!!

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 1:22 pm
This piece touches upon an issue of great import, as I see it. It is demand that predetermines supply: By purchasing certain products we express our approval of them (their content, way of production, etc.) and financially support given producers/sellers -- or vice versa. Because it exceeds us, our making conscious choices and being well-informed, inquisitive and conscientious consumers matters. Misleading labels are used by manufacturers who consider shoppers as either indifferent, ignorant, or too trusting, so it is up to the knowing to show them that they may as well be wrong in absolute terms. A vague, incomplete, if not missing (!), and potentially false label is an indication that something is not quite right; if ignored, we may easily fall for a commercial fraud. Not only is it insulting to customers, it should be subject to punitive measures. Those in the know must respond by shunning such products, while, in case of uncertainly, it seems always better to play it safe. It may be easier to get informed if local produce is preferred. Additionally, I agree with Brian M. who pointed out the big problem of consumerism (modesty counts!) and that other aspects should be included in our shopping choices (ideally). Finally, I shun anything that contains or may contain (if I cannot be sure that it excludes) animal ingredients or animal-tested ingredients and go for environmentally friendly items, while always scrutinizing specific information.

. (0)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 2:27 pm

Terry King (113)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 3:38 pm
Most of the products I buy are from local suppliers where I know the practices of the producer. The rest I research carefully!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 6:17 pm
Noted. Thanks Deb.

Valerie H (133)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 6:52 pm
Thank you for the interesting info!

Mary T (178)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 7:20 pm
Great info thanks for posting and thanks for reminding people about the White House petition site Deb.

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 8:30 pm
We need to take the time, and sometimes "make" the time, to read all the fine print before making a purchase and even doing a little outside research. The needless suffering that animals endure should be a source of shame to all of us.

Every petition has been signed. Thanks, Deb, for making them available for signature!

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:03 pm
This post will make us all STOP & THINK.

Elsie Au (259)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 12:25 am
Thanks for this informative article and links to the important petitions.

Guy Turgeon (74)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 2:45 am
Thanks for information, good job

Elizabeth P (99)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 9:41 am
Great , interesting news, I hope people might have siged the petitions at the end of Deb article to try and help the aniamls. Thank you. Noted and Signed and will keep on signing.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 9:52 am
Petitions two to four six nine to fourteen seventeen already signed petitions five fifteen I cannot sign and noted, thank you!

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday October 21, 2011, 2:37 pm
Thanks Deb! A very interesting article with good tips!

Stelizan L (258)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 7:15 am
Great info - thanks for sharing all Deb! Kudos to comments as well!

Nancy C (806)
Monday November 14, 2011, 4:28 pm
Thanx Deb. I've been acutely aware for many years and keep learning...
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