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Should We Care if the Game Of Thrones Tour Uses Fur?

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Winter may be coming, but animal activists would prefer that the Game of Thrones Tour stop cloaking participants in fur.

On the tour, fans of the show get to check out the filming locations, and have the opportunity to dress in costume. Activist Group ‘Northern Ireland Says No to Animal Cruelty’ wants those costumes to be fur-free.

Belfast Telegraph reports the group said, “This is a fantasy adventure series filled with magic and mystic. These do not need to be real and therefore neither does the fur.”

In response, the tour released a statement claiming only 10% did have the real deal, something they plan on considering phasing out post attack. Their statement also read, “Our intention is not to promote cruelty to animals, which is extremely out of fashion, but to ‘immerse’ visitors to Northern Ireland, who love Game of Thrones, in the real feelings, the textures – wool and leather and fur – of Game of Thrones.”

So where are the protests for the wool and leather in that discussion? These activists have good intentions, but once again bring light to a single issue – fur – and not the bigger picture. By only focusing on the coats, they further the notion that some animal exploitation is more objectionable than others, giving permission for the tour to continue wearing other animal products.

Animal use will remain something people subjectively assign degrees of violence to, unless the activism message is veganism. We cannot hope to see the end of fur coats if we don’t also encourage the choice to avoid all animal products.

Good things dragons aren’t really available for human use.

Photo from Belfast Telegraph

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  • N.I Says No!


    Just to clear a few points up I’ll state the following.

    Firstly, the press came to us looking for a statement relating to one of our many posts. This one being about the use of fur on the GoT tour. Fur is making a comeback in NI so we have been active on various fronts trying to tackle it.

    The reason we don’t mention wool or leather is that a) we were discussing fur and b) wool does not require the animal to suffer in the same way and level that fur-farm animals do and nor do they die. Leather is more often than not a by-product and the animals aren’t specifically subjected to being bred and killed for only their hide.

    The entire NISNTAC admin team are vegan and we are very much against these issues you mention, however we feel that dealing with individual issues is much more effective than lumping animal cruelty under the vegan ideal of all or nothing.

    Everybody can contribute to the campaigns that connect with them and we accept help and support from anyone who wants to offer it. Doing something is better than doing nothing so if the issue is fur we discuss fur. It serves no benefit to being in other elements of cruelty as it creates distraction from the topic we hope to raise awareness of.



    • Lalasunflower

      If you honestly don’t think that wool or leather cause suffering and unnecessary death, I question your entire body of knowledge. LEATHER IS RARELY A BYPRODUCT. All it takes is a simple Google search, that is LITERALLY it.

      • N.I Says No!

        I don’t believe I stated there was no unnecessary suffering. And while your other points may have merit, the initial point of the discussion being about fur specifically stands.

        Making a fur argument about all sorts of cruelty is counter productive in our experience. Though I do concede I may be wrong about the by product issue and will look into that in more detail.

    • vegan truth seeker

      Please go to You Tube and type “Erin Janus The Wool Industry EXPOSED” to see how cruel the wool industry is!

      Erin is an amazing AR ethical vegan activist and her work exposing the animal industry is beyond amazing.

      Additionally, let me just add that although I understand the points defending single issue campaigns you could always somehow, even if discretely, introduce veganism into those campaigns.. even if it’s just a footnote encouraging people to go vegan.

  • Kate

    Surely raising awareness about an individual issue is preferable to pontificating online and/or doing nothing? I’ve met quite a few individuals who are rather good at doing this and who, unfortunately, give animal rights activist a bad name.

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