All you need to know about…

giving happiness global impact

Day 124: I Would Rather Go Naked? I Made the Pledge Will You!

Taraji for PETA

I live in Canada. It gets cold here. I mean it can get really cold here. Fur trade was one of the very first businesses started in Canada by the Hudson Bay Company with the Native Indian Community. It kept the original Canadians warm through the cold winter months. Why not wear it now to stay warm?

Here are the top 5 reasons 365give reasons not to wear fur other than the cruelty to animals factor:

We have heated house
We have heated cars and public transportation
We have heated schools and offices
We have heated coffee shops at every corner to get a hot beverage
We have alternative fabrics that are so warm that are made into coats, gloves, boots, hats etc.

What I’m trying to say is,  we don’t have a need to use fur any more, as our ancestors did so many years ago. Can we really find an excuse to bring so much cruelty and pain to animals for our own vanity?

Give 123: Day 123

I came across this fantastic photo today of Taraii P. Henson. She is beautiful and she is naked for a very good reason. I will take her line from the PETA site where I also got her photo.

“I don’t think a living being should suffer for the sake of fashion, period,” Henson proclaims. “End of story.”

I personally don’t wear fur. I never have. I have some great faux fur pieces. I get plenty of compliments on these pieces and I am happy to admit that it’s faux. I’m proud of the fact I don’t wear real fur. My faux fur looks beautiful and keeps me warm. Not only do I not want to walk around wearing a dead animal I know has suffered but I would rather give my money to a brilliant charity like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) or to one of the thousands of other great organizations that could really use it.

So today I made the PETA pledge. I pledge to not wear fur in my lifetime.

It was an easy GIVE for me and one I will stand by and share with you to inspire you to also make the pledge. If we all stopped wearing fur there would be no business of fur retail. So here is it – make the pledge. Just click and sign up. One less animal will live a life of cruelty.

Time Commitment: 1 minute

Cost: 0

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)